CREATE A VIGNETTE
Here are easy three ways to put together your own stylish coastal displays. Guaranteed to bring the beach and ocean into any home (whether it’s near the sea or not).
1 PERFECT YOUR COASTAL COLOUR PALETTE
A soothing colour palette is the mainstay of beachy design as it creates a calming retreat. We’re talking colours of the ocean, such as blue, white, green, soft grey and browns. However, that’s not to say you can’t add a pop of vibrant colour or bold stripe for a modern feel.
2 USE NATURAL TEXTURES
Objects such as shells and driftwood add a touch of weathered texture and interest. Find a large basket in organic fibres such as cane or rattan and fill it with your collection. You can keep changing it to suit your mood and the seasons. Add colour with plants and flowers.
3 CREATE A THEME
Create seaside vignettes with items that are naturally found at the coast. Think baskets, fishing nets, glass bottles and lanterns. Group in odd numbers and use different sizes and shapes to keep it interesting. Position the tallest items at the back, scaling down to the smallest at the front (not all in one straight line).
FROM LEFT Nadi lantern, $16.95, from Emporium. Bateau woven ball, $9.95, from Amalfi. Mercer + Reid faux tulips in White, $19.95, from Adairs. Vase, for similar try Home Republic “Calypso” bottle, $19.95, from Adairs. Ashton table lamp, $249.95, from Amalfi. CO:Home “Bo” bowl in Mint, $9.95, from Cotton On Home.
FROM LEFT Shiloh rope mirror, $39.95, from Emporium. Seawash votive, $9.99, from Tara Dennis. Keely table lamp, $249.95, from Amalfi. CO:Home “Eevi” glass candleholder, $39.95, from Cotton On Home. Anchor sculpture, $29.95, from Emporium.
Seaside sanctuary Green foliage against a blue and white palette adds to the tropical feel.
Worn wood Distressed timber adds a natural, unvarnished look that complements a coastal theme.
GETTING TWIGGY Driftwood deco ball, $12.95, from Amalfi. DISPLAY DOME Wood and glass display cloche, small, $49, from West Elm.
PADDLE POWER Beau paddle sculpture, $16.95, from Emporium. WOOD WORKS Home Republic “Dane” oak side table, $129.95, from Adairs.
SEE SHELLS Shell deco object, $24.95, from Freedom. ROPED IN Rope deco ball, $36.95, from Amalfi.
Opposites attract Modern accessories in yellow, turquoise and cobalt blue work well with wood and natural textures.
Star fish sculptures, $14.99 for 2, from Tara Dennis.