ROOM ENVY

A coastal scheme with a mod­ern twist

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Head­ing out to the coast is al­ways at the fore­front of our minds on hot, sum­mer days. But as the time comes to shake out your sandy towel and head back to dry land, who is to say that you have to leave the easy, breezy, nau­ti­cal at­mos­phere be­hind, when you can cre­ate a beau­ti­ful beach-in­spired scheme at home?

When we pic­ture a coastal-style room, it is all too easy to imag­ine tra­di­tional tongue-and-groove wall pan­els, drift­wood pieces and blue-and-white stripes. But this sit­ting room shows how a marine theme can also have a mod­ern edge. The golden rules for mak­ing this look work is to stick to a neu­tral hue for walls and floors – here, a soft off-white pre­vents the scheme look­ing harsh. The se­cond is to keep to a strict pal­ette of blue and neu­tral, which may sound re­stric­tive but, in fact, al­lows you to play with pat­tern. Noth­ing matches in this room, from the cur­tains and cush­ions to the rug and lamp­shade, yet they work har­mo­niously with each other and cre­ate an eclec­tic, global-in­spired look, rather than seem­ing con­trived, as sea­side schemes can of­ten be.

Opt for wooden fur­ni­ture to warm up the pal­ette, plus sleek pieces in glass and metal – these el­e­ments will pro­vide a con­nec­tion to the nat­u­ral world while bring­ing the look to­gether. The over­all ef­fect will be as fresh and aquatic as a day spent be­side the sea.

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