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.