Beach tone is a breeze
From all the fads and fashions of home decor, there’s one that is ideal for Gold Coast life. It’s simple, and sure to excite the senses
ONE of the latest interior styles that clients are requesting time and time again is what I refer to as “beach tribal”.
It is fundamentally a blend of natural, organic pieces using a bleached costal colour palate, and exudes a feeling of peace and calm. Given the combination of tones and textures, it’s timeless.
The key to achieving this look is to start with a fresh white foundation of painted walls, weathered timber floors or even polished concrete. Light toned rugs on the floors are essential to add softness and texture, any composition will work as long as it is made of natural fibres such as wool, sisal, or bamboo, or even lighter-coloured animal hide.
The ideal sofa is large and comfy with a white slip cover. For those, myself included, who cannot fathom being able to maintain such a piece due to a way too messy home life, the answer is a lighter beige outdoor fabric which will repel spillages.
If most of your family is under the age of five then a light tan leather sofa might be a more sensible option.
Then come the scatter cushions and in achieving the beach tribal look they really are the hero. My advice is never to have two the same, mix up sizes, textures, composition but keep the colours to a light neutral palate with white accents to keep it fresh.
All solid furniture should be in bleached oak, cane, driftwood or other lightly toned natural finishes; steer clear of metal and other hard finishes. Where possible use textured finishes to add to the homely, casual feel. Statement pieces such as a four poster bed or an organic driftwood coffee table will create a quiet drama due to the bleached tones.
Finally, and nearly most importantly, is accessorising. Again think natural organic products. You can never go wrong with coral, in my opinion nature’s best sculpture. Mix it up with other interesting pieces – introduce pendant lights or rattan lamp shades not only for texture but also for ambience. For artwork, think light tones.