From the golden coast of California and the beaches of Florida to the beautiful New England coastline, coastal influences can be brought to architecture, decoration, and the overall style of any home.
The principal colors that make up modern coastal interior design schemes are typically shades of greens, blues, and neutral browns, pinks, and beiges.
These colors conjure images of the ocean, sky, clouds, sun, sand, shells, and vegetation. White is the ideal color to tie everything together, giving the living environment a bright, fresh, open feeling.
Consider using white as a foundation with a mixture of other colors that are more conducive to a busy lifestyle. The lighter the colors, the more open and airy the room will appear. A light background with blue, green, or coral accent pieces is a great possibility.
Another option to employ to open up a room is to use a blue or green as the primary wall color and then to use white paint on the trim, crown molding, and baseboards. The lighter the main color is, the better, but combining dark colors with light colors will make the room more interesting and complex.
When selecting furniture in a coastal themed room, the designer will be faced with a large variety of choices. It can be fun to mix regional influences even from different continents! Asian, African, and European pieces can make a room eclectic and fun, turning an otherwise boring room into a masterpiece.
Furniture in coastal decorating has a wide range of possibilities, as it is not necessarily tied to regional or historic boundaries. That being said, an eclectic mix in the decor is expected.
Upholstery for these larger pieces typically falls into one of several categories, including, being solid in color, bold stripes in two colors, thinner stripes with multiple colors, or floral patterns.
Rattan and wicker furniture are staples in the seaside themes. Virtually any piece of furniture can be purchased that is made of rattan (which is a plant similar to bamboo, but not as thick). Known for being lightweight, durable, flexible and easily stained, rattan can be woven into a very sturdy mesh which makes it an ideal candidate for stylish couches, chairs, tables and ottomans.