When we think of coastal design we an be excused for thinking of lots of blue stripes, chintzy lighthouse ornaments and “this way to the beach” signs. All of which is very much out of date these days! Well, coastal design is having a revival thanks to Scandinavian/Australian influence and now we honestly find ourselves immersed in huge desire for Modern Coastal design. Modern coastal design is all about creating a sanctuary. A place that reminds us of the great outdoors, nothing over styled but an abundance of cool comfort and relaxation, tranquility and calm. So if we want to evoke those feelings in our own home and add a touch of modern coastal design, how do we do it? The overall look centres around clean simple lines, textures and a muted colour palette. A distinct nod to nature, but lets take a closer look at how we can incorporate that..
Colour – when you look at Colour Psychology (more on this in a later blog), you realise how colours can have a huge impact on your emotional state. In general any modern coastal colour scheme will be influenced by the natural environment, think blue for the sea, green for the vegetation and soft beige hues for the sand. Blues and neutrals are used to evoke a sense of calm, green adds balance and harmony, whilst white is illuminating and creates freshness. The Australians have replaced stark white walls with a more milky white tone which is warmer and more relaxing.
Furniture – when choosing your bigger items such as furniture, lamps, mirrors, its often a case of less is more. Think oversized yet simple shapes. A deep relaxed sofa in a neutral colour is perfect for creating that relaxed vibe. We absolutely love Timothy Oultons Noble Souls range of sumptuous comfortable sofas which are created with natural linens using 100% natural veg dyes.
Materials – again these take their influence from the outside and the more natural the better. Think linen, cotton, wood. The modern coastal style has been derived from traditional coastal design but with a lot less formality and a more rustic flair. So textures are more rugged, wood more natural in colour, elements of clay or ceramics are handmade and not finished to perfection. Which leads us nicely on to…
Accessories – this is a simple way of bringing the materials into the scheme. Try to include an abundance of texture, beach living is very tactile (think sand between your toes) and hence your accessories should be too. A woven rug example, handmade wooden objects and natural linen and cotton cushions. Glass pieces keep the scheme light & fresh, whilst decorative objects again should be more naturalistic. Replace the chintzy objects with natural looking faux shells or coral for example. You can also use books to decorate your coffee table or sideboard as this should be a place to encourage relaxation. Don’t forget to include some forms of life too, we’re talking plants here. A large oversized green plant is exactly what the Aussies would use and with their experience with outdoor life, who are we to argue!
Here are some of our favourite pieces to help recreate that modern coastal scheme..
Blue & white tones with varied textures add a sense of calm and interest to your scheme. Here we have styled the Flint Linen Cushion, alongside Graphic Print Dove Cushion the and the White Velvet Cushion. Also added in for extra comfort is the Grey Fishbone throw.