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How to Achieve at Coastal Design Theme in Your Home

April 20, 2016

How to Achieve at Coastal Design Theme in Your Home

Whether you’re hours away from a coastline or spending your days in a beachfront cottage, it’s easy to bring a coastal decor style into your home so you can enjoy that vacation vibe year-round. You don’t have to be on the beach to incorporate the coastal feel into your home. If vacations are infrequent, allow your seaside-inspired decor to become a getaway.From rattan furniture to whitewashed walls, we’ve gathered a few ideas that will get you started on your way to a coastal decor theme in your home.Natural light: When anyone thinks of coastal decor, the first thing that likely comes to mind is an abundance of natural light. However, not all homes have it. But you can easily maximize the existing natural light with a few tricks and tips:

  • Mirrors: Place a mirror on a wall adjacent to a window or opposite a window. When adjacent, the mirror will reflect the window and make it seem like there are additional windows in the wall. When opposite, the mirror will reflect both light and views from the window.
  • Let the light in: Stay away from heavy curtains and other window treatments, opting in favor of sheer curtains or translucent shades that provide privacy but also allow as much light as possible into the space.
  • Reflective surfaces: When light and windows are limited, utilizing reflective surfaces such as a back-painted glass backsplash, can help bounce light around the room and give the impression of additional natural light.
  • Glass doors: If the option is available, replace any solid doors that lead outside with glass doors or doors that have glass inset in them.

Pops of color:  Neutrals and crisp whites combined with vibrant pops of color immediately transport you to the coast. Adding splashes of aqua to the room with accent pillows, rugs, or a throw evoke colors of the sparkling sea, while a hint of coral mimics sunset hues.Sea-inspired decor: Coastal and nautical touches strategically placed provide the finishing touches for your decor scheme. Nautical and coastal decor displayed throughout the home will bring the theme together. From seashells and coral, to coastal artwork, or a worn piece of driftwood, a little goes a long way. A collection of sand dollars, seashells, and starfish that you collected on your most recent vacation can be easily and artfully arranged in a simple glass vase or bowl and provide a personalized piece for your home. Just keep in mind that you don’t have to go overboard on the decor. A few curated, meaningful items will bring the look without the kitsch. Light-colored walls:   Whitewashed shiplap evokes the feel of beach front cottage life, but they aren’t for everyone. Painting your walls in bright, light colors will provide the perfect backdrop for your coastal decor canvas.  Matte paint, while not as reflective as semi-gloss or glossy paint, is also a great option for helping to reflect light and give the appearance of more natural light in a room.Furniture: To bring the beach-inspired look to your furniture,mix various styles such as rustic, cottage, and contemporary as well as materials like rattan, polyester and cotton. Keep furniture light in color and add pieces that have been sanded to lend a weathered look. The combination of style and texture will create a casual, beachy feel in your space without feeling too matchy-matchy.Outdoor Oasis: While you’re designing the decor scheme for the interior of your home, don’t forget the outdoors. Nothing says “coastal living” like a serene backyard oasis. Create your own beach cabana with a blue and white color scheme, canvas curtains to sheild the sun, and plenty of chairs for lounging.   For some coastal decor Pinspiration, check out the Bishard Homes Coastal Decor Pinterest board.

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