4 Ways To Style Beach Homes
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Styling a beach home doesn’t have to be all blue, white, and nautical stripes! If the classic Hamptons look doesn’t tickle your fancy, take a look at our latest blog for four alternative coastal styling themes to get that beach vibe on point. You can still have beautiful coastal interior, just with a twist!
The boho style works really well in beach houses, think Byron Bay holiday homes! This look is all about light-coloured, sandy weathered woods, a few granite or marble accents, and textures such as juju hats, sisal or Persian rugs and pops of colour in soft tones: mint, baby pink and blue work well. The style is meant to be relaxed so think white slip covers on deep sofas, rattan armchairs, a vintage-look, stone coffee table and some colourful artwork. This style has a real holiday house feel and will tie into that relaxed, low-maintenance coastal landscape.
Many luxe beach houses have a modern, streamlined, no-clutter look to them: there is no rule saying that coastal means overly-accessorised! A minimal interior is a great way to go – especially if you have pretty water views or a nice outlook – as it will hero the environment, complementing the views rather than competing. Think a pared-back palette, cool tones, white linens, walls and stone with metal accents. This style suits homes with big glass windows that draw the outside in, glass dining and coffee tables, or large mirrors that will assist in reflecting the surrounding landscape. Dressings for this style are very minimal, only a few key decor items like a large clam shell or a few leather scatter cushions. A few nods to the earthiness of a beach lifestyle is all you need, let the view do the talking!
This look is more rustic than a Hamptons look – almost tribal in its rawness. Think Mark Tuckey design, driftwood coffee tables and lovely twigs in vases. It is still fairly simple, but more layered and earthy than a minimal style interior. You can integrate reclaimed architectural elements for a true coastal home feel, like weathered wood barn doors, or large vintage timber tables paired with modern chairs. This look is also about bringing the outside textures in – so think overscale planter pots like fiscus or fiddle leaf figs and group in corners to create a visual statement, and a monochromatic palette for accessories.
Think mega stylist India Hicks – this look has a real old-world charm about it, defined by lovely antique pieces in deep mahogany or walnut, paired with white walls. It has an island colonial feel: big shutters on the windows, seagrass wallpaper, design books and chunks of coral and curios to dress large bookshelves. This is a great look for those who love to shop at markets, and collect treasure from beach walks. The trick is to cluster small displays and collections, and for furniture an eclectic mix of rattan, bamboo, timber and cane work well as long as you keep the finishes neutral.
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