Make every day feel like a holiday by using summery stripes, nautical motifs and gently-worn natural textures to give your home a casual coastal look
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STYLE UP YOUR POOL AREA
The visible effects of coastal living – worn, sun-bleached timber and peeling paint – form part of the charm of beach house style, so why not let the decking around your pool weather naturally? Add a basket filled with towels and a classic adirondack chair or two and you’ll be all set for a relaxing afternoon in the sun.
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MIX OLD AND NEW
Scan the high-water mark for pretty pebbles or junk shops for discarded nautical objects – fishing nets, oars and lifebuoys. Give them a new lease on life by turning them into permanent decorative features in a bathroom or outdoor shower.
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GIVE YOUR TABLE SETTINGS SEASIDE FLAIR
Casual, laid-back meals are synonymous with seaside getaways. Set a table with an assortment of ceramics in soft hues and colourful cutlery that doesn’t necessarily match, but is similar in style. A faded blue tablecloth with white stripes will enhance the coastal feel, while splashes of bright colour evoke a holiday atmosphere.
INCLUDE NAUTICAL MOTIFS AND PRINTS
Nothing says coastal living like crisp cottons, ticking and stripes. They blend well with traditional motifs, such as the Union Jack. For a harmonious look, stick to scatters with a coherent theme like sea creatures, yachts and shells.
BRING IN NATURAL TEXTURES
The layering of natural textures is another way to give your home a beachy feel. Combine weathered, sun-bleached timber benches, a canvas chair and functional objects like lanterns with nautical rope details. Finish the look with natural accessories like a simple bowl of fruit and textured found objects like a fishing net or driftwood.
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DECORATE WITH HOLIDAY HUES
Take your cue from the sky, sand and sea to create a beach-inspired palette. Crisp white timber furniture and timber wall panelling will add to the relaxed feel, while a few candy coloured accents will liven up a classic blue and white scheme.