JT’s Coastal-chic Bedroom

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Coastal-chic is NOT the same as coastal-kitsch. Coastal kitsch is larger-than-life starfish and tropical fish crafted from gaudy papier-mâché and a banjo-strumming Samoan boyband dressed in Okanuis. No one wants this.

Coastal-chic exudes tranquillity. It has an understated elegance that echoes the calming influence of the ocean, its faceted light patterns, and the beauty of organic patterns + motifs. It’s an incredibly seductive style when you get the balance right. And our mate, James Treble has pitched it perfectly.

We’re crushing on his coastal-chic bedroom. It’s crisp and light, pairing opulent neutrals with aqua and yellow accents. This easy-to-achieve aesthetic exploits clean lines and geometric motifs to create a sumptuous textured haven that delivers respite.

James shares his secrets to making it work…

Images sourced from blogbyjoyce.tumblr.com, blog.wanderable.com and Zanui

Work organic textures into your oceanic palette

The colour scheme in this room is a soothing fusion of fresh hues: soft neutrals piqued with punchy accent colours, organic timber and textiles. The arrow weave of the hyacinth basket with its contemporary dipped base exemplifies this. It works alongside the chevron rug for textured charm. Oversized plants also add statement silhouettes and sculptural form.

Work with pattern

Juxtaposing patterns creates a signature decorative style, and yet it doesn’t have to be brash and brazen. Be brave and jump on in – it pays off. Working with complimentary patterns is the key. Here James has combined clean-lined geometric motifs.

Placing small (breakfast cushion) against large (bedhead, rug) is a good way to start. Limit your palette and include one large block colour (bedsheets).

Canningvale Waffle Blanket available online at Zanui. Images sourced from: thecolorsofmymind.tumblr.com and fancy-lifestyle.tumblr.com

Get the proportions right


A bedhead is a natural focal point in the bedroom. This unique design contributes intricate pattern in modest white for decorative ambience. In keeping with the rule of thirds, a third is mattress, a third is cushions + pillows and a third adds structural form to the room. This creates a sense of harmony.

JT:“I love this Moroccan / Middle Eastern motif. We’re familiar with it. So it’s comforting yet ornate. And whilst higher furniture does draws down the ceiling, this is okay in the bedroom – it creates a cosy feel.”

The Zanui Marrakesh White Headboard available online. Image source: ana1sa.tumblr.com

Bedside table:

Your bedside table should be around the same height or higher than your mattress. Reach a lazy arm out from your bed. That’s about the height you’re looking at. It has to be practical. After all, it’s got the important job of housing your glasses, book, your cuppatea, your nightcap, your secret mint-slice whiskey snifter supper treat.

Low and arty looks great but it gets annoying super-quick. With two deep drawers and a shelf, the Scandinavian-inspired design of the Zanui Lois Bedside Table is space-enhancing.

JT:“It’s old meets new. The raw timber with the on-trend dipped look speaks to a traditional design where the dipped legs would have been brass.”

We talked about using rugs in your bedroom here.

Cambridge 1000TC Sheet Set available online at Zanui. Images sourced from: desktopwallpaperhd.net, rctfan2.deviantart.com and twitter.com/dhfeghhdg

Transition from a summer to a winter bedroom

This bedroom exudes a modern summery Hampton’s style. But by replacing just a few of the accent pieces in this room, you can change the aesthetic to a warmer winter palette.

JT:“This is a very fresh look that translates to winter. But if you wanted to draw a little more cosiness in, I’d opt for a darker accent colour. Something like pomegranate or a rusted-off cherry – not burgundy. Or Marsala – the Pantone Colour of the Year.”

Think layering in textures for a super-snug look. Crafted from 100% cotton, the Canningvale Waffle Blanket is breathable, making it perfectly pampering all year round. It adds a dash of charcoal for a grounding touch.

JT: “The charcoal represents less than 10% of the palette – it delivers strength and contrast by extending the existing colour scheme from light and mid to dark.”

The Zanui Lois Bedside Table and the Zanui Arrow Weave Round Storage Basket (Set of 2), available online at Zanui. Images sourced from: prepary.com and 1959atheart.tumblr.com

Pendant lighting

Frequently associated with dining and kitchen areas, bringing pendant lighting into the bedroom introduces clean lines and a soft warm glow. It’s easy to read by. It creates a decadent yet useable space.

JT’s must-have bedroom item

“Cushions, pillows and more cushions and fine quality bedlinen… Here, it has to be comfort and practicality over form. This is your personal refuge.” Yum!

One Duck Two Breakfast Cushion, available online at Zanui. Image source: pixohub.blogspot.com

And lastly, avoid the matchy matchy!

When you’re styling your own home, the most important element in your decorative decisions is YOU. Your home should tell your own unique narrative. You are the ultimate style guru for this look.

If you try to recreate a catalogue showroom, your home will lose its personality. Like what you like – own it. Nuff said. 😉

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.