• Ryan Hogue

Coastal design on the shore!

Coastal style design is something that will probably resonate with a lot of people. Being on the eastern shore, coastal design is extremely popular and rightfully so. There is a sense of peace and tranquility that comes with coastal design that turns your home into a year long vacation. Coastal design can be found anywhere but when you are close to the beach it just all comes together in a perfect marriage of interior and exterior cohesiveness. Coastal design is also extremely versatile and can be customized to fit you and your personality.

Paramount in a coastal design is the use of natural light. Natural light bounces off the fresh whites and cool blues. Aqua, teal, turquoise and other shades of blue are often found throughout these designs. You can also mix warm neutral colors like khaki, grey and green which all look great on a white base. Furniture is meant to be casual and comfortable. Natural furniture such as wicker and rattan is often found. Many also choose slip-covered furniture made from light cottons and linen. Being part of the minimalist family, coastal design prioritizes open floor plans and open space. There is a clear lack of clutter. If you want to fully commit, many people add touches of the ocean to their décor. Shells, glass bottles and woven baskets are all common. There is a delicate balance to find though so you don’t feel cluttered. Blue glass vases and bottles also look great. A blue and white stripe wallpaper can add a pop to a stairway or hallway.

Wood framed furniture is a great touch. Earthy tones in a woven rug provides great balance and really grounds the room. Driftwood coffee tables look great as do chandeliers. Luh plants like snake plants, palms and succulents are used in a coastal design to bring the earth feel inside. The textures usually fall under rough and raw and capture the essence of the beach. The patterns used are flexible but usually playful. The main goal is for it to feel open and airy with a calm relaxing feel where the line of beach and home is blurred. The use of natural light, white base and bold accent colors will easily have you feeling relaxed in your home.

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