Monday, March 17, 2014

Relaxed coastal designs for the home

City living is often characterized by work stress and the hustle and bustle of city life wafting into your home. To get that relaxed, coastal feeling in the city, you'll have to forego the usual urban home décor for resort-style interiors and beach themed homes.

The coastal-style is laid-back and casual so in order to capture this look in your home, use casual-looking furniture with pared-down upholstery.

There are many ways of achieving the beach-house look, just as there are many beach locations and cultures, from a Mediterranean villa to a tropical casita. However, one style that reigns supreme and continues to be a favored trend for many homeowners is the American coastal-style home. Get tips...

Open plan living

Beach homes typically offer wide, open spaces with lots of light so avoid partitions and dividers. Consider using furniture to segregate different areas in the home instead, such as a sofa facing away from the dining area. This could work as a way to separate the living area without sacrificing the open vista. However, if your existing space can’t afford an open plan furniture arrangement, keep to light colors, sleek lines and minimal accessories. This will help create a feeling of breezy openness.

Crisp and clean

The secret to evoking that seaside freshness lies with crisp and clean linens. Plain white sheets in bedrooms, linen slipcovers, billowing sheer curtains and cotton rugs provide a simple base for interesting accents. Pale colors and stripes may work just as well. To get  the true meaning of coastal-style, mix these crisp linens with beach-inspired throw pillows featuring seashells or nautical prints. Employ only a few accents to keep the look clean and uncluttered.

Natural and casual

The coastal-style is laid-back and casual so in order to capture this look in your home, use casual-looking furniture with pared-down upholstery. Coastal furniture should look durable and capable of enduring the wear and tear of beach living, sandy feet and salty air. Sturdy wood coffee tables and wicker furniture are great options too. Inject organic textures to create a natural feel as well. Abaca rugs, rope drawer pulls and seashell accents make for great organic additions.


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