Looks We Love: Coastal Cool
Gone are the days of sailor stripes and anchor-themed kitsch for channeling the spirit of the sea in your home. Here, our favorite ways for a surf-style vibe, even if you’re lacking the ocean view.SHOP COASTAL COOL
In a perfect world, we could all live by the beach. Opening your windows each morning to the salty spray, drifting off to sleep to the sound of the waves—there’s just something about seaside living that is inherently relaxing.
The coastal cool look doesn’t have to come from sea-themed kitsch, or even an ocean view. Everything from a color palette to textures to straightforward aquatic references can bring in a bit of maritime modernity that lets you live everyday like summer in the Hamptons.
Whether you’re priced out of waterfront property or simply living somewhere landlocked, there’s no reason to deny yourself the delights of the beach while riding the modern tide. Here are a few of our favorite ways to live as cool as the coast:
Coastal Color Scheme
Probably the simplest jumping-off point for this makeover is to choose your colors. Envision your ideal beach, and identify the palette that represents the oceanfront best to you. You’ll likely find that natural tones dominate, from white to beige to soft browns from the sand, accents of green from seaweed, a range of blue to represent sky and surf. Warm, bright tones may be at home in small doses, but the overall palette will trend toward neutrals and naturals. Keep the look from getting too nautical by eschewing formal navy blues and white stripes, and instead move your major color choices away from any extremes.
The key to keeping your coastal look cool and not corny is to hint at the theme without going completely overboard. Rather than covering your walls in dehydrated starfish and sand dollars, choose items that represent the seaside in a more abstract way. Feel free to mix your styles in your décor choices, too; a key item or two (like a vaguely coral pillow motif or urchin-esque chandelier) mixed with sleek modern pieces gives your style a chance to shine without looking overdone.
Beach living feels easy, so bring that idea into your space by keeping lines organic and flowing like waves. Pay attention to the arrangement of your furniture and accessories: Open interior areas by decluttering and stripping your furnishings down to only what’s necessary. Think wide expanses of clear floors you can just imagine tracking sand onto, and comfortable pieces that inspire relaxation without formality.
Unfussy fabrics and treatments will go a long way toward making your coastal look work. Try to stick with natural materials like woven grass area rugs or wall coverings, unpainted woods, simple metal finishes and organic fabrics for the easiest-looking results. You can even mix in stone, shell and driftwood—as long as the silhouettes remain modern and not too literal, you won’t fall into a caricature. If organic materials are impractical, there are certainly options out there that are both environmentally friendly and on track with a natural look.
A wide expanse of sky lends a freeing sensation to many a beach and spirit. Capture the feeling of sunny breezes by letting in lots of light whenever possible. Airy window treatments, coastal lighting fixtures and visually lightweight materials like clear glass let light bounce around your rooms and prevent spaces from feeling too heavy or closed off.
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