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).

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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.


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.


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.

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