Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY VIC­TO­RIA VAN VLEAR

Use these three ex­pert tips to trans­form your coastal dé­cor.

Coastal dé­cor is so per­fect for sum­mer with its sunny days and warm weather.

And even if you don’t live at the coast or in a warm cli­mate, you can still pack charm­ing coastal style into your cot­tage. Here are three

tips from blog­ger Emily Sweeten of The Wicker House to repli­cate the rich coastal vibe she has in her Idaho home.


“Func­tion is the most im­por­tant as­pect of de­sign,” Emily says. “It’s great that it looks pretty, but it needs to work too.” For ex­am­ple, the ba­sics for a foyer or mud­room are first, a place to sit for re­mov­ing shoes, and se­cond, a place to hang coats and bags. Emily started with that and then added other de­tails that jazz up the space, from the wain­scot­ing and pil­low to the na­ture-filled cub­bies and hang­ing tags on the peg rack.


Blue hues are the nat­u­ral coastal color pal­ette, but hav­ing a home filled with the same aqua or robin’s-egg blue can get bor­ing. In­stead, mix up your pal­ette with dif­fer­ent shades of blue, such as Emily did here with navy in her foyer.

The other se­cret to a great coastal pal­ette is green. “I like to use a lot of blues and greens,” Emily says. “I have plants in all my dec­o­rat­ing, so that au­to­mat­i­cally brings in pops of green.” Think of the chang­ing hues of the ocean. While deep wa­ter has a cobalt color, shal­low ar­eas near the beach of­ten re­flect green tones.


When we think of coastal style, trop­i­cal lo­ca­tions such as Hawaii, the Ba­hamas and even Cal­i­for­nia come to mind. But so many other ar­eas of the world have a coast­line. “We travel a lot to the Ore­gon coast, and I’m so in­spired be­cause there are moun­tains with pine trees next to the ocean,” Emily says. “You get the best of both worlds.” Even here in her coastal home, Emily added pinecones along­side her air plants and sea shells to di­ver­sify the look, which adds a rich nat­u­ral tone to the scene.

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