# Fabrics That Create a Coastal Look and Feel
Coastal homes are notorious for beaming with nautical stripes and maritime motifs. Soft furnishings that are hard-wearing, high quality and simple in design and mix and match with ease. Start with a design scheme that is based on natural plain textured fabrics – and take your cues from nature.
# Key Features
* Quality rather than quantity is fundamental. The materials you opt for must be hardy, washable, and where possible resistant to intense weather conditions. Outdoor soft furnishings should be water repellent, UV resistant and mildew resistant to endure harsh weather conditions of sunny seaside abodes.
* Go for a mix and match look in similar colours but different patterns or vice versa. In your outdoor space, if you like the modest pastel coastal colour palette choose a simple mix and match collection like the Hampton’s Range or if you’re like me, you could add a splash of colour and fun. Bright stripes, and geometric patterns add a sense of fun and playfulness to your outdoor room, deck, lounge.
Floral cushion – Hibiscus design
* Incorporate sky blues, dusky greys or pale turquoises and foamy whites in cotton, cotton canvas, linen or hand-knitted fabrics.
There’s nothing better than high quality 100% cotton bed sheets – don’t settle for polyester, especially in Summer. Cotton is a natural fibre that allows the body to breathe and absorbs moisture keeping you cool. Nothing says coastal style – like ticking stripes…
Photo above from The White Company
* Mixing vintage fabrics with a couple of accent pieces such as a button style or a patchwork cushions accomplishes a lived-in look and feel.
Photo above from Film in the fridge
* Create a sense of casual relaxation with the inclusion of natural or striped rugs, cushions and throws.
Photo from abeachcottage.com
Director’s chairs can be soooo beachy, but if you want to coordinate your look with everything else, chair covers can be the answer. Look for 100% cotton again, as they will be more comfortable to sit on and absorb moisture from your body, keeping you cool.
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