# Textures and Materials
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.
Photo above from Houzz – Faux Spike Coral buy it here
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
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.
Photo above from Hemphillbrett’s Rugs and Carpets
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:
Future Blog Posts for Coastal Style Decorating Guide:
Part 6: Fabrics
Part 7: Display and Adornment