Inspire | 27 January 2016

5 Ideas for a Coastal Look

by Carlisle Homes

Everyone has a favourite beach holiday, endless lazy summer days when you can barely muster the energy to roll into the water. Why not re-create that holiday mood at home and feel like you have the beachside right on your doorstep?

Achieving this style is really easy and is all about keeping everything light, airy, fresh and simple. Not cramming every nook and cranny with seaside artefacts but rather finding the balance between seaside themed and stylish contemporary style. Focus on chic not kitsch! Here’s our top 5 tips in achieving a signature coastal feel in your home.


The key to nailing the coastal style is definitely a white on white palette for a fresh crisp look. If too much white leaves you feeling a little ‘hospitalised’, borrow inspiration from the sun-kissed beach at dawn with a base of off-whites and beiges. Wide stripes are great for a nautical theme, think summer in the Hampton’s meets Cote d’Azur. Accents in all shades of blue works so well, but steady goes, avoid big blocks of colour. Try to stick to one or two accent hues rather than a rainbow of colours.

Redcliffe Bedroom as displayed at Woodlea Estate, Aintree


Beach and organic themed art can be a great way to introduce the colours of coast, from blues to deep greens and the pastels of coral. For a stylish look, black and white nautical and maritime images in simple frames are true to the theme. Mirrors work well in a coastal style, reflecting natural light to create an open and airy feel, similar to the sparkling ocean!

Window coverings

You can’t beat the timeless look of white plantation shutters for a classic coastal style. For a breezy romantic look, flowing sheer drapes will make you think you can hear the waves crashing and feel the fresh sea air throughout your home!

Highview Theatre as displayed at Woodlea Estate, Aintree

Feature accessories

Don’t overdo the seaside accessories, subtle is best, think interesting and special rather than fake starfish in every room. Metallic features in high gloss chrome or traditional nautical brass partner perfectly with the crisp white palette of a coastal retreat. Sculptural pieces like anchors, paddles and telescopes can instantly transform a room and create areas of interest.

Natural materials

Furniture and decorator items crafted from natural materials such as wicker, rattan, bamboo and raw timber add warmth to the coastal neutral palette. Introduce texture with natural linens and chunky woollen knitted throws to achieve a back-to-nature look.

Portland Kitchen as displayed at Cloverton Estate, Kalkallo

For some more great interior inspiration check out our Interior Styles.

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