A coastal scheme with a modern twist
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.