7 Coastal Inspired Designs that are Anything but Average
Design life in a beach community could easily lead one to think of cute coastal beachy decorating.
Coastal design does not have to be cute all beachy.
Over the years I have done my fair share of coastal design, and there is no doubt that shells, sea life, and botanicals are a big part of coastal design. All of these are go to favorites of mine. I do try to keep my coastal design to a Traditional Tone and a sophisticated vibe. Here are are some designs I have created over the years that are coastal, but elevated design with a nod to coastal.
The truth of the matter is that there is no way for anyone living in a Coastal Community to get away from beach inspired themes, entirely. Obviously, if you live near the beach, you must appreciate at least some part of beach style or life. There is little chance if you live near the ocean pieces will not find a way into your home. We have all seen homes and rooms gone awry with beach theme OVER-LOAD! It is easy enough to do if you let yourself. I have been guilty myself on occasion. A good rule to live by… Always… is “less is more”. Let the items you have that speak “beach” be subtle and sophisticated enough to get the idea without the overwhelm.
1. Green Sea Shells
The Family Room of this Windsor Vero Beach home is a casual spot off the Kitchen. A room that combines a Breakfast eat-in area, TV watching as well as simply relaxing. The only true coastal element in the room is the fabric with printed sea shells which coordinates with the striped sofa. The chairs are in a dark rattan frame and a worn wood coffee table is in the center.
2. Blue and White with Sea Horses
The Dining Room of this condominium has Ocean to Intercoastal views in Jupiter Island, Florida. Simple blue and white striped slipcovered dining chairs at a plank top table are traditional and casual. The only coastal reference other than the amazing views are the two oversized seahorse prints on the walls.
3. Casual Floating Shells
Blue and White is a favorite color combo of mine and for this Guest House Living Area went with a blue sofa, and tonal blue with small white striped chairs. The Framed Shell art brings in a touch of coastal in an otherwise simple room.
4. Coastal Glam
A beautiful Seagull Autobaun Print is overscaled and dramatic at the end of a formal hallway and a major focal point. The Hallway leads to the master bedroom that is a beautiful and serene retreat with simple shell botanicals surrounding the bedside lamps.
5. Coral and Mahogany Bedroom
Coral and white bed linens are crisp and clean in a Master Bedroom that is also home to a sealife inspired print on the lounge chair.
In this Family Room overlooking the ocean, a series of framed seaweeds bring a pop of color and coastal to the traditional blue and beige room anchored by a beautiful plaid rug.
This beautiful home is currently for sale and not much has changed from the original installation day. Checkout the sales flyer here
7. Purple Sea Fans in Silver Frames
Purple is the favorite color of the lady of the house. Rather than paint the walls a strong color the walls were kept neutral to allow the sea fans framed in a silver and the intricate seashell lamp to be front and center in this Living Room. This house was featured in the magazine I produced and can be seen in it’s entirety here on the Home Life & Design website
Hope you get some useful inspiration from some of my coastal designs. Let me know what you think in the comments below and be sure to sign up for my newletter! Till next time….