Shore up your home and toast the coast

As an is­land na­tion, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing we’re drawn to the sea. That’s why the trend for coastal-style decor re­turns with reg­u­lar­ity ev­ery sum­mer

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The clean, crisp look of sea­side in­te­ri­ors lifts spir­its by bring­ing to mind mem­o­ries of sun, sea and sand hol­i­days.

Hap­pily, tak­ing the plunge and con­jur­ing this easy-on­the-eye look isn’t dif­fi­cult and it’s a per­fect way to re­vamp rooms suf­fer­ing a decor win­ter han­gover.

So get on board and cruise into a full-on cap­tain’s cabin look, com­plete with an­chor mo­tifs and a ship’s wheel, con­jure the sand-be­tween-your­toes in­for­mal­ity of a beach hut, or sim­ply be in­spired by the nat­u­ral land­scape of the seashore with a neu­tral pal­ette and swoop­ing seabirds im­agery.

Salute a clas­sic coastal look with a sea-spray white and blue scheme, with nau­ti­cal touches.

“The spirit of the Bri­tish sea­side is alive in our coastal col­lec­tion, where the warmth of nos­tal­gia is given a fresh, mod­ern up­date,” says Caro­line Driver, de­signer at John Lewis.

“Re­laxed tex­tures, sim­ple stripes and plainly crafted pieces re­flect the com­fort and in­for­mal­ity of a home by the sea. We’ve en­joyed rem­i­nisc­ing about our child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences of the coast and vis­it­ing Bri­tish sea­side towns for in­spi­ra­tion. We’ve in­cluded ma­rine mo­tifs, such as ropes, an­chors and sail­ing boats, on all sorts of pieces, along­side fab­rics with clas­sic deckchair stripes in whites and blues.”

Nav­i­gate through the vast ar­ray of nau­ti­cal ac­ces­sories – too many could cap­size the look into kitsch – so select a few sim­ple state­ment items.

Sun-bleached neu­trals and drift­wood grey tones con­jure a beach-hut sanc­tu­ary.

“Opt for a pared-back style with a muted colour pal­ette, which re­flects all the shades of the sea, from stormy steel to high-noon azure. The ad­di­tion of bleached woods and pale tex­tiles will cre­ate a liv­ing area that’s as calm and cool as an ocean breeze,” ad­vises Andrew Tan­ner, head of home de­sign at Sains­bury’s.

“The essence of our coastal col­lec­tion brings to­gether organic forms, re­ac­tive glazes and matte tac­tile sur­faces. Bring in de­tail with sea-green bub­bled glass­ware, model sail­ing boats, beachy art­work, and in­ter­est­ing tex­tures pro­vided by wicker stor­age and pot­tery in drift­wood-hues.”

Swal­low print du­vet set, dou­ble, £16, Ge­orge Home

Holkham arm­chair £1,199; Nel­son sofa, from £699, Pad­stow foot­stool, £299; coastal stripe throw, £49, and cush­ions from £20, all John Lewis Mermaid an­tique mir­ror tray, £10, avail­able from Ge­orge Home at Asda

Mar­itime bone china plate, packet ship, from £17, www.cream corn­wall.

Mermaid an­tique mir­ror tray, £10, avail­able from Ge­orge Home at Asda

Boat scene cush­ion, blue, £20, avail­able from John Lewis

Om­bre wall­pa­per, £15 a roll, Next

Sea shell vo­tives, £6 each, www. mon­tys vin­tageshop.

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