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Coastal Style Decorating Guide Part 5: Textures and Materials

PART 5

# Textures and Materials

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Photo above from Broste Copenhagan at Achica.com

Texture has an important role in coastal homes in providing harmonious natural warmth and depth as well as compelling visual interest. Just as natural colours and patterns are suggestive of coastal style, so too are textures of materials inspired by the seashore.

# Key Elements

*Go natural. The classic beach house contains a plethora of textures, specimens and colours reminiscent of the nautical environment. Creating contrast by combining rough and smooth  textures, adds depth and visual interest to a room. Eg lumpy coral on a smooth wooden cabinet, or driftwood pieces placed with some smooth pearly white shells.

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Photo above from Houzz – Faux Spike Coral buy it here

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Photo above from naturalmoderninteriors.blogspot.com.au


* Furniture, particularly timber, oiled, painted, whitewashed or lime-washed styles as well as wicker cane or rattan add textural variety. A single coat of paint to reveal the grain or better yet, flaking or sanded back to reveal different coloured undercoats produce an attractive weathered look.Learn how to paint wicker here

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Photo above from homelife.com.au


* Floor coverings such as rugs and mats made from jute, sea-grass or other natural looking fibres continue the native feel through the home.

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Photo above from Overstock.com buy seagrass floor rugs here

Soft furnishings that you love the feel and look of will also add that textural variety. Stick to your colour palette and don’t go over board. See my next blog post on coastal fabrics…

 

Previous Blog Posts for Coastal Style Decorating Guide:

Part 1: Architecture and Design
Part 2: Floors, Walls, Ceilings
Part 3: Natural and Artificial Light
Part 4: Using Colour

Future Blog Posts for Coastal Style Decorating Guide:

Part 6: Fabrics
Part 7: Display and Adornment

Coastal Style Decorating Guide Part 4: Colour

PART 4

# Use of Colour to Create a Coastal Look

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Photo from RSL Prize Draw 309


Part of the charm of living by the sea is the myriad of calming colours that unmistakably define the coastal environment. By using some of these relaxing colours in our homes, we can create a similar sense of  tranquility. Bring the beach to your home by choosing colours and textures that reflect the natural elements of beach side environment.

I just love the RSL Prize homes for demonstrating this philosophy as the design sense in beach side properties usually have broad appeal – I buy a ticket everytime – just in case!

#Key Features


* White On White – Classic coastal style is all about casual, relaxed, spacious, breezy interiors that flow seamlessly into the outdoors.
* Resist the urge to put too many items of furniture in the room. Choose only what is absolutely necessary and accessories with soft furnishings and decor.

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Photo from RSL Prize Draw 309


* Don’t be afraid of large areas of white on white. Instead, be inspired by the seashore and indulge in some of the many shades of ‘white’ that exist such as:
         – natural whisper whites resembling pure white sea shells
         – sandy whites reminiscent of warmer toned sandy beaches
         – bone whites like the sun bleached shimmer of driftwood
         – or blue and green-toned whites recall the tumbling whitewash foam of waves crashing on the seashore.
* Sparingly splash your favourite coastal accent colour – mine is turquoise but here, RSL Prize Home designers have gone for tones of coastal blue.

*Note the 3 indoor plants add their own splash of green making the indoors somehow feel part of the outdoors too.

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* Using more shads and textures of white will make your coastal home seem lighter, bigger and brighter.
* Combine shades of white from the same group to add diversity and avoid looking cold and bland. Creamier tones of white will warm up a home in cooler climates while grey, silvery and bluish tones of white are great for creating a fresher, cooler oceanic feel.
* Matching / coordinated soft furnishings gives a ‘designer’ feel

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Photo from RSL Prize Draw 311


*Adding some fun textures that you like within the colour palette can add subtle variety within uniformity, such as slightly patterned porcelain dining setting on plain cotton napery, natural coloured fabric lounge with chevron or fishscale patterned scatter cushions, a sleek low coffee table and a pale linen lampshade.

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* White interiors provide a ‘blank canvas’ for displaying art, knickknacks and other articles reminiscent of the theme.

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Photo from The Manly Daily 

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Photo from Gold Lotteries Prize Home

Previous Posts on this topic: 

Part 1: Architecture & Design
Part 2: Floors, Walls & Ceilings
Part 3: Natural and Artificial Light

Future Posts:

Part 5: Textures & Materials
Part 6: Fabrics
Part 7: Display & Adornment

Choosing A Director’s Chair Cover That Fits

You’ve had your old director’s chair for a few years now and although the faded navy blue canvas, mildew and bird poo stains are part of its charm, its finally time for….

 

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So you’re looking forward to transforming your old director’s chair …

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WARNING !


Don’t fall into the trap so many people do when buying a new DCC:

DID YOU KNOW there are many different sizes of director’s chair covers?

The last thing you want is one that doesn’t fit your chair.

  • Too small is a disaster – It’ll never fit
  • Too big – It’ll drag on the ground, get more crushed and folded, get dirty at the bottom and be a trip hazard!

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How To Avoid Disappointment with your new DCC:

- Measure your chair, write measurements down and check that the new cover you are going to buy has slightly larger measurements.

- They need a little bit of give so that they don’t rip or tear when sat on.

- 1-2cm at most.

 

 Directors chair dimensions

Now you know what you are looking for…

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