Category Archives: Coastal Style

Understanding key features of coastal style decorating including architecture and design, floors, walls, ceilings, natural and artificial light, colour, textures and materials, fabrics, display and adornment

Coastal Style Decorating Guide Part 3: Natural and Artificial Light

PART 3

# Natural and Artificial Light in Beachy Abodes

small-bright-roomPhoto from Forward Furniture: “How to make a small room look bigger”

The position and types of your windows and doors have a big impact on the type of natural light and illumination your room will receive -  a phenomenon intensified in coastal homes.

# Key Features

* By painting the ceiling a light color, this will instantly increase the sense of space in a room by reflecting more light into it. For the walls, cool colors like light blues and greens reflect light and make a room look brighter and bigger by maximizing the effect of natural light.

verandahPhoto from Shannon Fricke – “Tricky spaces”

* Mirrors reflect light too and will brighten up your room and they can also create an illusion of depth that makes the room look bigger.

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photo by HausStylish: “Tobi Toblin’s Cape Cod Style Malibu Beach House”

* Light coloured verandahs, walls, floors, and ceilings can easily reflect light through the interior but its worth considering how it will impact on your soft furnishings. Use pale or light coloured window coverings, lounge covers, cushions etc or consider uv proof multi purpose indoor/outdoor soft furnishings.

* Large windows, large sliding glass doors and skylights with minimal coverings or simple louvered shutters reign supreme in beach houses as even when slightly closed in intense Summer months or during poor weather, they will still allow more light to enter, effortlessly evoking a bright, airy feel in your coastal home.

* Keep artificial lighting simple, minimal and don’t be afraid to mix and match natural looking table lamps and floor lamps. Avoid fluorescent lighting , instead go for conventional lighting or down lights.

masterbed1photo by Dana From House Tweaking: “I don’t want to leave my bedroom”

Previous Posts on this topic: 

Part 1: Architecture & Design

Part 2: Floors, Walls & Ceilings

Future Posts:


Part 4: Colours
Part 5: Textures & Materials
Part 6: Fabrics
Part 7: Display & Adornment

 

Coastal Style Decorating Guide Part 2: Floors, Wall, Ceilings

PART 2

# Floors, Walls & Ceilings in Coastal Homes

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photo By Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design Fresh And Relaxing Beach House Design

Consider hardy flooring in natural materials – timber or stone look are ideal for beach house homes. Tiled or laminate open plan living areas keep the whole family cool.

2012 Aus Int Design award

Avoca Beach House – Architecture Saville Isaacs Pty Ltd Image: Kate Bayer

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I just love stackstone or stackerstone feature wall tiles indoors and out for a stunning textured look. Find them online in Australia here

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For a casual, less modern, perhaps almost grunge look on a feature wall, try Retro Wood panelling or wood-look wallpaper. (So hot right now) Look for it here

If you prefer paint to wallpaper and planning on DIY – read “6 Top paints for the ultimate beach house”

Key Features

*  Light coloured wooden planks or cladding fitted either horizontally or vertically helps establish a feeling of space, harmony and order.
* Natural, polished, painted or whitewashed timber floorboards or beachy sandstone pavers throughout living areas can create a cool openness and flow.
* Choose darker timbers or polished mahogany for a Balinese beach resort feel.

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Photo from Trip Advisor “The Legan Bali – A GHM Hotel”

Previous Posts on this topic: 

Part 1: Architecture & Design

Future Posts:

Part 3: Natural and Artificial Light
Part 4: Colours
Part 5: Textures & Materials
Part 6: Fabrics
Part 7: Display & Adornment

Coastal Style Decorating Guide Part 1: Architecture and Design

PART 1

https://www.designrulz.com

 

There’s something very appealing about the notion of living by the seaside.

Perhaps it’s the natural beauty of our beaches and oceans that provide a joyful escape from the stresses of our everyday life or maybe it’s the laid back coastal lifestyle that attracts us. Whatever it is, there’s no surprise that more and more of us are aiming to turn our dream of a ‘sea change’ into a reality.

From the Greek Isles to the Caribbean, the Hamptons to the Whitsundays, the typically tasteful design of beach style interiors is evidently as alluring as it is universal. No matter where you live, decorating using coastal style can create the feeling of a living in a beachside paradise all year round.

Throughout history, the sea has long inspired the building of beautiful homes whose main design directive has been to optimise the enjoyment of living by the seaside. In the same way, the principal objective of designers of coastal interiors is to form functional and fresh flowing living spaces that feel subtly connected to the natural surroundings.

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# COASTAL Architecture & Design


Throughout history, the sea has long inspired the building of beautiful homes whose main design directive has been to optimise the enjoyment of living by the seaside. In the same way, the principal objective of designers of coastal interiors is to form functional and fresh flowing living spaces that feel subtly connected to the natural surroundings.

https://driftwood-interiors.blogspot.com.au/2010/10/can-i-do-it-my-biggest-challenge-yet.html

Key Features


* Open-plan living areas are an essential part of coastal design,  which provides a sense of calm and unhurried flow,  matching the spontaneous, relaxed and easy-going feel of coastal living.
* Features such as sliding doors, large picture windows, louvers, shutters, white picket fences, vertical and horizontal wooden boards, skylights, balconies, verandahs, decks and patios tend to govern main areas as to take full advantage of  the seaside ambience.

Top 6 White Paints For Your Beach House

Whether you are repainting a single room, doing up a cosy beach shack or building a modern 3 story mansion, the right colours are key to creating the perfect beach style room or to turning your home into a beachhouse…

You don’t have to live near the beach to bring a little of the relaxed beach vibe into your home.

Ultimate white beach house?

Awesome whites

Yes, we all know the typical beach house has white walls, white floorboards and white ceilings right? Well yeah, but you can bend the rules a little bit. No doubt white is the colour that comes to mind when you think internal walls in beach houses however, nowadays there are so many different colour options and better paint technology so how do you know which white is right?

First step…

Well, first I recommend looking at lots and lots of magazines with images of rooms that tell you what colours they are painted so you can get an idea of what your home will look like too. If you like a friend’s wall colour ask them what it is and write it down. Then grab a whole lot of paint chips (They’re the small cards you can pick up free at your hardware store in the paint section) and take them home and compare with your room, furnishings etc. Once you’ve eliminated the ones that don’t seem quite right, you should be down to about 3-6.

The next step…

is to get some small sample tins of paint and create a swatch directly on your wall. You want to make sure the paint is right for the light in your room, so make sure you paint them about 50cm x 50cm, do a coupe of coats and let them dry. Keep painting swatches til you’re happy with the colour you’ve chosen.

What we used…

We painted the internal walls of our first beach house Hog Bristle Quarter with some feature walls in Hog Bristle Half and the trim in Antique white. Someone at the hardware store told me that hog Bristle is one of the most popular paint colours & I reckon whether you have a beach style home or not, you’ll love it!

If you’re planning on a re-paint inside or out at your place, then here are our top 6 picks from Dulux. Check them out for your self by clicking on the ‘Whites Colour Booklet’ on the right >

 

Pick 1 – Dulux Hog Bristle (was used in the hallway wall, dividing walls and pillar in the picture below)

Pick 2 – Dulux Antique White USA (walls, ceiling, trim)

 

Pick 3 – Dulux Lexicon Quarter (was used on the walls in the picture below)

Pick 4 – Dulux Lexicon (Fascia)

 

Pick 5 – Dulux – Stowe White (was used on the walls and ceiling in the picture below)

Pick 6 – Dulux – Sandy Day Half (hallway)

 

- Dulux – Bone White (was used on the bulk head and pillar in the picture below)

 

So if your home looks a bit like this …

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And you’d prefer it looked like this…

Ultimate beachhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Checkout the cool video that show how to use a new ‘house beautiful’ paint app

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