It’s only nat­u­ral that we love the coastal look in Aotearoa. Use colour to bring the beach in­doors at your place with­out a shell, an­chor or piece of drift­wood in sight

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Cre­ated and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Wendy Fenwick.

Mod­ern takes on cool coastal style – find out how


This blue and white bed­room has a clas­sic coastal vibe evoked mainly through colour and tex­ture. Linen is key to this look, as are blue stripes, which carry sub­tle nau­ti­cal as­so­ci­a­tions. The bed has been dressed ca­su­ally in a clas­sic striped blue linen du­vet cover and pil­low­cases, with blue linen scat­ter cush­ions, white, fringed and tex­tured euro pil­low­cases and a linen throw to make it feel re­laxed and invit­ing. A jute braided rug and mir­ror add some con­trast­ing tex­ture and nat­u­ral colours, while soft, floaty linen cur­tains let air and light fil­ter into the room and block out the bright coastal sun. White shut­ters are an­other clas­sic op­tion.

Walls & floor

A tongue-and-groove wall ef­fect is a sim­ple way to add an in­stant coastal up­date. Not only does this tex­ture bring ex­tra vis­ual in­ter­est, it also elon­gates a space so it ap­pears taller. Sanded and oiled, white­washed or white-painted floor­boards are an­other great way to cre­ate a coastal look with your ex­ist­ing sur­faces. There are also plenty of great vinyl op­tions avail­able that will mimic this look if you’re work­ing within a bud­get.


Pale neu­trals, milky white or soft, sandy colours are al­ways a great choice for a beachy back­drop. Muted greens and washed-out blues add a lit­tle more colour while still evok­ing a calm­ing, coastal feel. Nat­u­ral tones and tex­tures found in the beach­side en­vi­ron­ment should be your pal­ette for this look.

“For a larger wall, buy a group of prints and hang them to­gether in a clus­ter”


This more con­tem­po­rary ver­sion of a coastal room is all about con­trast. The stylish black surf­board and framed prints evoke sum­mer and look strik­ing against our white tongue-and­groove wall. A white slip­cover linen sofa has been laden with a ca­sual mix of con­trast­ing cush­ions, and a cot­ton rug an­chors the space while adding more dy­namic pat­tern. The real hero of the room is the amaz­ing fish­scale cof­fee ta­ble, which adds some un­ex­pected tex­ture while bring­ing a hint of wildlife into the space.


The type of artwork you choose for your coastal space can be key to cre­at­ing the right vibe for you and your home. There are lots of great down­load­able prints avail­able at very af­ford­able prices from Etsy – try search­ing for palm trees, surf­boards, beaches and wa­ter scenes.

For a larger wall, buy a group of prints and hang them to­gether in a clus­ter. You could also print off some of your favourite beach hol­i­day snaps and add them into the mix. We’ve used black and white pic­tures to match our mod­ern pal­ette, but you could choose vintage-style images for a retro theme, or nostal­gic, sepi­a­toned im­agery for a her­itage feel.

Soft fur­nish­ings

When choos­ing soft fur­nish­ings, stick to your colour pal­ette but look for sub­tle vari­a­tions in sur­face tex­ture, pat­tern and shape. Open­weave rugs in nat­u­ral fi­bres are the per­fect way to in­tro­duce laid­back tex­ture into a coastal room. Nat­u­ral jute is al­ways a great choice, as on the pre­vi­ous page, but here we’ve used a softer cot­ton rug that adds graphic de­tail, as well as some fun fring­ing. On the sofa, a jumble of cush­ions in shades of black, white and grey each add a lit­tle some­thing ex­tra to the space.

Fin­ish­ing touches

Al­though the coastal look is all about the ocean, cre­at­ing a con­nec­tion to na­ture through plants and flow­ers will make your coastal space feel more re­lax­ing. Fi­nally, choose a few small dec­o­ra­tive el­e­ments such as this wall hang­ing to top off the look.

Abalon mir­ror, $329, from Free­dom. Hunter bed­side ta­ble, $199.99, Bam­bury white linen throw, $99.99, Hamp­ton linen cur­tains, from $99, Hamp­ton du­vet cover set, from $199, all from Ez­iBuy. Home Re­pub­lic Cleo white euro pil­low­cases, $49.90 each, Home Re­pub­lic Malmo linen cush­ions in sky and denim, $69.99 each, Pineap­ple lamp, $179.99, all from Adairs. Suva chair, $349, Forst jute rug, from $299, both from Nood. Glow blue tum­bler, $12.90, from Citta. Walls and floor painted in Re­sene ‘Al­abaster’. Books stylist’s own.yhg

1 Les Palmiers pil­low­case pair, $99, from Kawai­ian Lion. 2 Nat­u­ral flo­ral jute rug, $129.99, from Ez­iBuy. 3 Lulu lamp­shade, $149, from Flux Bou­tique. 4 Liv­ing & Co small out­door lantern, $8, from The Ware­house. 5 Linen House Mer­ricks denim throw, $89.99, from Farm­ers.yhg




VANESSA NOUWENS In­te­rior de­signer/ stylist



yhg Surf print, $6.11, from SaraxLara on ‘A day at the beach’ print, $10, from Syd­ney & Pop. Cut­tle wood wall hang­ing, $179, from Lit­tle Ad­di­tions. Mon­tauk linen sofa, $3900, cot­ton bridal rug, $779, Ra­jah scaled cof­fee ta­ble, $1595, Coca Mojo fish scale cush­ion, $179, black cross (on ta­ble), $65, palm mug, $39, all from Re­pub­lic Home. Car­bon rail Mini Mal surf­board, $950, from Fi­bre Surf. Aloha cush­ion cover, $89, from Kawai­ian Lion. Black stool, $495, Pa­paya Noah ce­ramic coast­ers, $59 for 4, Pa­paya Camille tall vase, $79, tray, $110, Looby­lou Atua can­dle, $65, all from In­die Home Col­lec­tive. Bouclair vase, $24.99, Rain ecru cush­ion, $59.99, both from Spot­light. Liv­ing & Co bam­boo lantern, $8, from The Ware­house. Beatrice black cush­ion, $29.95, from Free­dom. Planter, $8, from Kmart. Suva chair, $349, from Nood. Wall and floor painted in Re­sene ‘Al­abaster’.

1 ‘Kiss the ocean’ print, $29, from Sim­ply Cre­ative. 2 Liv­ing & Co lantern, $15, from The Ware­house. 3 Cowrieshell neck­lace with stand, $139, from Lit­tleAd­di­tions. 4 Teak bench in black, $198,from Flux Bou­tique.yhg





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