SEA­SIDE LIV­ING

NZ House & Garden - Country Living - - Coastal Clas­sic Coun­try Style -

IN­SPIRED BY SAND, SURF AND SUN, coastal- style in­te­ri­ors have an un­der­stated ap­peal that re­lies on tex­tures and pat­terns for in­ter­est, rather than strong colours. Nat­u­ral el­e­ments, wood and wicker are set against neu­tral tones of milky white or vanilla that cre­ate a cool, calm back­drop. Open-weave rugs in nat­u­ral fi­bres, such as coir, sea­grass and sisal, are favoured floor cov­er­ings, while wide win­dows that make the most of the light and ocean views have un­ob­stru­sive blinds, wooden shut­ters or soft sheers that can move with the breeze. Beach­combed trea­sures, in­dige­nous arte­facts and nau­ti­cal el­e­ments ref­er­ence the sea and is­land idylls.

Wood pan­elling on walls and ceil­ings is a coastal- style hall­mark, and paint­ing a whole room in shades of white in­stantly makes it feel fresh and sea-breezy, pro­vid­ing a great back­ground for fur­nish­ings. Pops of colour in shades of blue or green suit the vibe, but it’s best to keep pat­tern to a min­i­mum.

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