BRINGING THE BEACH INDOORS
LIGHT AND BRIGHT IS THE WAY TO GO WHEN CREATING THE NAUTICAL LOOK
There is a style so relevant to the residents of the Sunshine Coast, yet it’s something I have yet to write about – how to bring the beach indoors and introduce casual, coastal vibes into our home.
Most of us live within 20 minutes of our stunning 100km coastline, so naturally we have objects around our home that reflect our coastal surroundings.
There are ways to implement that beautiful and relaxed beach chic that is so quintessentially Australian without feeling like you’ve walked into a nautical homewares store.
Have a holistic approach to your space and keep in mind the elements of the beach with every decision. Focus your colour palette around the concept of “light and bright is best” and try not step too far outside the realms of our coastal hues of white, sandy beiges, subdued greys and muted tones of blue and green.
Fixtures and finishes should reflect the natural elements of our coastline.
To bring comfort and warmth to an otherwise neutral and muted interior, introduce roughly finished recycled timbers giving the impression of floating driftwood.
Consider finishes like exposed timber ceilings, rafters and shiplap painted in crisp whites combined with pendant lights made from natural materials like rattan or wicker. Keep flooring in soft tones such as polished timber, whitewashed floorboards or even polished concrete with its lovely subdued light grey hues.
Bring in texture and pattern to walls with a muted grass cloth wallpaper or beachinspired applications like polished stucco or light coloured marmarino.
By the sea, furniture selection should reflect our relaxed lifestyle whilst being functional and comfortable.
Think large, casual lounge suites upholstered in loose cover linen fabrics in milky tones with textured cushions and throws for style and comfort.
Introduce lots of timber in a range of finishes and stains, teamed with the lovely relaxed vibes of rattan and bamboo accent furniture.
Ground your neutral and nature-inspired furniture with thick pile wool or natural fibre rugs such as sisal or seagrass.
It’s the strategic selection and placement of décor that appears to be somewhat effortless that brings together a beautiful chic beach style.
Browned-off palm fronds or cuttings from golden canes in large signature vases, bowls of pure white sand or shells styled effortlessly on a buffet, and an abundance of collected seaside treasures should sit pride of place throughout your interior.
A vintage surfboard styled next to a large potted palm and interesting piece of art can fill a bland nook. Without moving too far into nautical styling – Japanese glass floats, old oars and navy flags make great décor items for coastal interiors. www.designbydanni.com
The Atlantic Byron Bay.
The Atlantic Byron Bay. Focus your colour palette around the concept of “light and bright is best”.
The Top Shop in Byron Bay.