The coastal look is reminiscent of lazy beach days and happy family holidays by the sea. If you dream of living beside the ocean, waking up to the sound of surf and seagulls, a coastal theme is a great choice for a living room or bedroom. And since the early months of the year is when most people start home renovations, we’ve got a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing!
Blues, soft greys, white, sea-green, and neutrals are all perfect for a coastal theme. Begin with the walls and ceiling. Choose a pale colour that speaks to you, such as cool blue or sandy beige. Aim for a white-washed look. This creates a hazy, lazy summer day where the hot sun has bleached all the colour from the scenery.
Accessorise with colours that fit your theme. Choose navy blue, taupe, or sky-blue sofas and chairs or bedding, along with matching cushions and rugs.
Wood panelling is perfect for a coastal themed room. White-washed pine or bleached pine finished with shabby chic chalk paint in a neutral colour will look amazing on the lower half of a wall. Stay away from knotty pine and oak. If your doors are natural wood, paint them white in keeping with the room’s pale theme. Period doors can be stripped down and stained white or pale blue. Brass doorknobs work perfectly in a room with a coastal theme.
If you already have a lot of white in the room, paint your tongue and groove panelling a pale aqua colour to hint at a nautical theme.
Plush carpet won’t work here. It might feel nice underfoot, but it’s hardly evocative of a day at the beach. If you have decent floorboards, sand them down and paint them white for a rustic look. Otherwise, lay some white wood-effect laminate or go for sisal matting.
If you don’t want to splash out on new furniture, repurpose what you already have. Give wooden furniture the shabby chic treatment with soft blues and neutral paints. Go hunting in junk shops for quirky vintage pieces and experiment with paint finishes.
Accessorise with a range of soft textiles. A beach theme is very down to earth, so this is not the place for rich velvets and lush silks. Instead, stick with neutral cotton and linen fabrics. Cotton blend rugs in navy or grey will look lovely on your stripped wood floor.
Roman blinds in beach-inspired deckchair fabrics will add a burst of colour to the room. Alternatively, select a coast motif, such as birds, ships, or nautical logos. Bamboo blinds are another option, although they might not be a good idea in the bedroom unless you add a blackout lining.
Be traditional and add a few shells and pieces of driftwood art to your room. Look for interesting and quirky lamps and ornaments in second-hand shops. Adorn the walls with ocean-inspired original artwork.
Above all keep it simple, fresh, and light!
If you’re considering replacing your internal doors to update the look of your interior, head over to our internal doors section, or pop into any one of our DIY stores in Preston, Wigan or Blackpool, where you can be sure to find a style suited to your tastes!