Fab­u­lous beach decor brings home sand, sun

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

SUM­MER is in full swing. Soft sands, cool wa­ter, blue skies and breezy days in­voke a sense of free­dom and fun. Celebrate the sum­mer sea­son by cre­at­ing a beach inspired decor. The neu­tral tones and laid back style are sure to be hit. Re­lax Sum­mer is all about re­lax­ing so a ca­sual decor is a must. Cre­ate a place where you can put up your feet or lay down and read a good book in a sunny spot in the room with­out worry. A room where af­ter­noon naps are in­vited is a place you and your fam­ily will want to be. Whether it is a liv­ing room, rec-room, fam­ily room, bed­room or den, ca­sual el­e­ments are the way to go. Opt for fur­ni­ture that is not fussy or high main­te­nance. Dis­tressed, painted pieces will go a long way to both prac­ti­cal­ity and beauty. Choose uphol­stery that is neu­tral and for­giv­ing. Leather wipes clean easy and can be a good op­tion. Fur­ni­ture slip­cov­ers may pro­vide the an­swer to neu­tral­iz­ing coloured fur­ni­ture. They are also wash­able and there­fore more for­giv­ing. Slip­cov­ers are an af­ford­able way to in­stantly up­date your fur­ni­ture. For a beach decor, opt for light, neu­tral colours rem­i­nis­cent of linen. The warm colours of sand and sea make a great sum­mer pal­ette. As you can see by our fea­ture pho­to­graph, cour­tesy of Ben­jamin Moore, light taupe, sky blue and crisp white are a great sum­mer time colour trio. The neu­tral car­pet­ing in this bed­room is rem­i­nis­cent of a sandy beach. Soft blue bed­ding mixed with crisp white linens cre­ates an invit­ing place to curl up. Light taupe walls (Ben­jamin Moore Pash­mina) set be­side white trim (Ben­jamin Moore Winds breath); doors, great ce­ramic lamp and white fur­ni­ture pro­vide an open and breezy feel. The light wood tones of the head­board frame, bed­side ta­ble and the pic­ture frames bring the out­side in. To keep the room from look­ing too pre­cious, soft or­ange ac­ces­sories are set amongst the book­shelf knick­knacks to add a pop of colour. Don’t make your pal­ette too neu­tral. Liven it up with a splash of colour via fresh flow­ers, art­work and/or ac­ces­sories. cleats (great for coat hooks) and so on. Bring in some tex­ture by in­cor­po­rat­ing wo­ven rugs, bas­kets, match­stick blinds or wicker fur­ni­ture. Have some fun In a more re­laxed space, like a screened-in porch or teen’s room, items like colour­ful kites, surf­boards, flip-flops, beach balls and ca­banas­triped ma­te­rial will add some colour and whimsy. Paint a palm tree or some waves on the wall for a play­ful back­drop. Chil­dren’s plas­tic beach pails can be used to hold craft sup­plies on a desk­top or dresser. A ca­noe-shaped book­shelf can be a great ad­di­tion and won­der­ful for dis­play­ing games and books. Other fun ideas Frame a mir­ror with seashells us­ing hot glue. Shad­ow­box frame some vintage fish­ing lures to cre­ate a unique col­lec­tion. Col­lect beach glass and dis­play in an open charger or clear vase. Dis­play vintage wicker hats and beach bas­kets in your beach inspired space. Go through your grand­par­ents’ photo al­bums in search of vintage beach photos that you can copy and frame. Some muslin fab­ric draped on a fish­ing rod cre­ates a unique win­dow treat­ment. Hang fish­ing lures, seashells or starfish from the muslin for added ap­peal.

If you don’t know where to go with your decor and you want a fresh, new look, a beach inspired coastal decor might be the right fit for you. The re­laxed style leaves lots of room for your per­sonal touches and also makes this an af­ford­able op­tion. Spend some time at the beach and pay at­ten­tion to the colours, tex­tures and com­po­nents that make it such a won­der­ful place then in­cor­po­rate these el­e­ments into your new decor.

BEN­JAMIN MOORE

Light, taupe, sky blue and crisp white are great sum­mer­time colours that make a fan­tas­tic sum­mer pal­ette.

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