Does your home deserve a sea change? Refresh your décor with these coastal-inspired style tips! Add a touch of paradise to your interiors.
Sigrid Thornton makes a sea change in the Aussie series Seachange of 1998-2000. Pictured here with the dashing William McInnes. Image sourced: abc.net.au.
Marilyn Monroe was right. Some like it hot! And we are such folk. We like our hot even better when it’s taken in a seaside location. There’s something positively reviving about a briny ocean breeze. Especially when it’s enjoyed in the company of a chilled cocktail (or three).
The seaside is a space in our collective consciousness that equates to balmy weather, tranquil relaxation and a laissez-faire approach to life… It’s ice creams, sandy sandwiches, and strolling on the esplanade.
It’s beachside fairgrounds and a return to innocence! It’s a sunny haven – a respite.
It’s no wonder we want to capture a little of this ambience and take it home with us. It’s more than a little irresistible. So we’re inviting a trace of its languid charm indoors…
Whether your home is blessed with a harbour breeze and salt-licked windowpanes or you’re living in the burbs or in the thick of the urban jungle, indulging in a little sea change at home is the perfect antidote for mid-summer madness.
Opting for a coastal aesthetic delivers an air of relaxation to your interiors all year round. It’s refreshing and revitalising and easy to achieve.
Bright + airy
You don’t have to opt for a taxidermied seagull to make allusions to the beach. Giving your space a lick of white paint will give it that open and airy aesthetic in an instant.
Images sourced L to R: hgtv.com and bloglovin.com.
Most landlords are happy for you to – well – get happy with the paintbrush, if you’re opting for a neutral hue. It’s worth asking.
Organic textures and distressed patinas make for intriguing visual appeal, essential to this aesthetic. Right: Silas Natural Dining Chairs and Anja Dining Table from Zanui, available online at Zanui. Image left sourced:
The art of artisanal
Prioritise handsome craftsmanship in your selection of pieces – handcrafted woven baskets and arresting artefacts add character to your space. Include a caged pendant light or a lantern with rustic rope for diversity.
Show off nature’s finds
Remember how much fun you had with your shell collection when you were young. Revisit this joy with this aesthetic.
Go hunting for unique displays of nature’s beauty – shells, driftwood, sea anemones, coral… Arrange them in unique combinations on your surfaces and shelves.
Weathered woods, barrels, buoys, and vintage trunks or blanket boxes offer great opportunities to showcase your found items.
Mediterranean blue, marine blue, aquamarine, teal and more. Mix these tones with crisp white for striking contrast. Then add in bottle green, grey-green and jade to pique your palette. Add in organic fibres and natural timber hues for earthy warmth.
The teal blues of Bondi beach (image sourced: turbotwister.ru) and the Mercer Denim Blue Armchair and Scarborough Ash Side Table from Zanui paired with jute and natural timbers, available online at Zanui.
Vive la vignette
Take notice of your nooks. Work in the underplayed spaces in your home. Add a ship’s ladder in a narrow corner – use it to display shaker boxes and nautical elements atop stacked leather volumes.
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside… What’s not to love? The luxurious light. The long evenings. That sweet spot when the heat cedes (at least a little) heading into the PM and everything gets a little rosé-tinted.
Why not capture a little of this magic all year long? Go on. Take the plunge. 😀