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
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. co.uk
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. co.uk