BRING­ING THE BEACH IN­DOORS

LIGHT AND BRIGHT IS THE WAY TO GO WHEN CREAT­ING THE NAU­TI­CAL LOOK

Life & Style Weekend - - WELCOME - WORDS: DANNI MOR­RI­SON For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, visit

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

PHO­TOS: RIKKI LAN­CASTER

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.

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