Do you love the white and blue stripe linen look with well-worn timber floorboards? Do you dream of waking up to ocean views and surfing the break until the sun sets? Then coastal life is the style for you.
Surrounded by maritime instruments and jars of shells, coastal style properties are made to feel comfortable and relaxed however this doesn’t mean they have to be cheap. High-end furniture can look just as suitable as long as it can withstand the elements of beach life. Anything that is too precious to be covered in sand and salt water should not be found in a coastal styled property.
Open spaces are the key. Less is so often more and with a coastal style property, wide hallways and light filled living rooms are the key. Turn every wall into a concertina door and install skylights to allow as much sunlight in as possible. Keep your colour scheme simple and use carefully placed mirrors to reflect light and amplify space.
Keep your benches clear from appliances and your kitchen white and clean. Don’t be afraid to add colour through cushions and artwork but do not overdo or clutter. Don't fret about not having the latest thermomix or juice blender. Everything should just be simple.
Natural materials such as timber and stone are perfect for both indoor and outdoor settings. If you have the space, install a large deck with plenty of room for entertaining. A BBQ is vital as well as lots of bench seating and chairs. Why not add an outdoor fireplace or heater so that days can turn into nights and nobody need move.
In the end, coastal style is supposed to be liveable and relaxed. Don’t try and over decorate with kitsch décor and ornamanets. Keep it simple and open.