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Coastal Style Decorating Guide Part 4: Colour


# Use of Colour to Create a Coastal Look

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.

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

RSL art Union Prize Home-

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 


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

Our Favourite Top 10 Beaches In Australia

Australia. We’re the smallest continent and the largest Island – “our home is girt by sea” – Our magnificent coastline stretches for nearly 37,000 kilometers and there are reportedly over 10,000 beautiful beaches in Australia all sporting their own unique beauty. Be it pristine white sand and turquoise waters, a brilliant surf break or perhaps beaming with wildlife, no doubt, there’s something special about all of them, however, since we haven’t been to all 10,000 (wouldn’t that be amazing), of those we have, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite ‘top 10′ to share with you.

10. Wineglass Bay

Location: East Coast of Tasmania

The first word that comes to mind when describing Wineglass Bay is “Wow!” Just about 2-and-a-half hours north of Hobart is the Freycinet Peninsula where you’ll also discover some of Tasmania’s most magnificent wildlife, marsupials & birds. When you first spot Wineglass Bay, the curved beach fringed by aqua blue water makes you feel like you’re in a tropical paradise. Then of course you suddenly remember you’re closer to Antarctica than the equator! The water is so clear, you can see seashells five metres below the surface. Its simply breath taking.


9. Lake McKenzie

Location: Frazer Island, QLD

Whether you enjoy staying in resorts, camping in tents or in your campertrailer or taking a day trip to explore new lands, Frazer Island is a ‘must-visit’ tropical paradise. The island itself is totally made up of sand and Lake McKenzie, located 6.2 km southeast of Kingfisher Resort is well worth the walk or drive to experience its amazing beauty. Its called a ‘perched’ lake, which means is has been formed by water accumulating on top of a thin impermeable layer of twigs and leaves. People say you can exfoliate your skin with the mineral sand and soften your hair in the clear water. I think Lake McKenzie is possibly one of the most stunning of Fraser Island’s lakes as the sands around the lake are composed of pure, white silica and the water in the lake is so pure you almost can’t believe it’s real. It is 1200 meters long and up to 930 meters wide. Picture perfect. If you do go camping on Frazer, remember there are no shops and limited facilities. If you’re staying more than a few days, its a good idea to take a stockpile of supplies and a reliable generator.

Bright White Sand of Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

8. Palm Beach

Location: Gold Coast, S.E QLD

Situated between Tallebudgera & Currumbin Creeks, Palm Beach is patrolled by surf life savers at the end of 7th Avenue, 19th Avenue and again at Nelly’s – a popular surf break. The best thing about Palmy, is that dogs are allowed on the beach off the leash (as long as they are more than 100m from the red/yellow flags). Every morning you’ll find it a very busy & sociable time for dog owners. Even during school holidays, this beach is not busy and you can walk for hours on the nice flat shoreline. Cute beachside cottages and impressive estates dot the shoreline and have an enviable view. If you have small children, you’ll love the Pirate Ship playground in Palm Beach Parklands just over the sand dunes. There you’ll also find one of the best situated cafes in Palm Beach – The dunes cafe

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7. Manly Beach

Location: Sydney’s Northern Beaches, NSW

A thirty-minute drive or ferry ride from the CBD and you’d think you were miles further north. Manly is so named after Captain Arthur Phillip’s encounter with the confident and manly Aboriginal people of the Kay-ye-my clan who lived there. Surrounded on 3 sides by water, Manly is a great destination to experience the waves as well as relaxed sheltered snorkeling and also sailing or boating on the harbour. Manly Beach is always packed with locals and tourists all year round due to its beautiful weather, patrolled beaches and plethora of cafes, restaurants and hotels. Swim at 3 flagged areas – Queenscliff, Manly or South Steyne or the rock pool at Fairy Bower. The Manly Corso and weekend markets encourage a spot of holiday shopping but if nothing else, make sure you venture along the picturesque walk around to Shelley Beach. Its absolutely magical. Checkout The The Bower Restaurant along the way at Fairy Bower or keep going right round the Shelley for something pretty special at Le kiosk.



6. Noosa Beach

Location: Sunshine Coast, QLD

Noosa’s Main Beach is a spectacular little cove on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. It’s one of the few beaches along Australia’s coastline that faces north. It has moderate waves, is patrolled seven days a week and is safe for swimming all year round. Take a stroll around the headland along the National Park walkway past Little Cove to get a glimpse of Noosa from another perspective. Checkout Tea Tree Bay, Granite Bay and Alexandria Bay if you prefer a ‘clothes – optional’ beach! Dining up market anywhere along Hastings Street is a treat or enjoy the million dollar view right on the beach at the surf club.






5. Byron Bay

Location: Northern NSW

Byron is most famous among locals, tourists and backpackers alike for its funky, alternative culture and sensational surf break. While whale watching has also become one of its famous attractions and contributes significantly to the tourism and economy of the place. Cape Byron protrudes into the Pacific Ocean and forms the most easterly point of the Australian mainland and is one of the best vantage points for whale-watching. From the end of June to August, these majestic creatures migrate northwards to calve in the warm northern waters. Then, in September and October, they return with their new babies. Whale watching cruises and kayaking tours with Seakayakadventures are a never forget experience. Take your walking shoes because the beautiful walk from the town right up to the lighthouse is exquisite and memorable as it winds around natural bushland, giving you glimpses of secluded beaches such as Clark’s, The Pass & Wategoes. If you love camping, there are plenty of camp grounds to choose from and even in peak season, you can usually snag a spot to pitch your tent or park your campertrailer at Glen Villa Resort. Our pick for lunch or dinner is at the Byron Bay Hotel with stunning views overlooking main beach and a great atmosphere all day long. checkout their gigguide for whats on.



4. Burleigh Heads

Location: Burleigh Heads S.E QLD

Burleigh Heads is well-known for its surf break. No wonder it’s on the ASP World Championship Tour schedule! The Burleigh Break Pro featuring some of the world’s best surfers now includes a women’s Division driving Gold Coast surfers onto the world stage. Tourists and locals can enjoy swimming, body boarding and of course surfing or if you like walking, checkout the walking track that stretches from Tallebudgerra Creek, around the Burleigh Heads National Park and all the way up to Surfer’s Paradise. This place is always a buzz with families and fitness enthusiasts taking advantage of the free electric BBQs, parks, playgrounds  and council created exercise equipment. If you love a good take away coffee, check out ‘The Nook‘ under the surf club. mmmm terrific.


3. Cable Beach

Location: Broome, 2200km north of Perth in WA

Known for its spectacular sunsets and popular camel rides, Cable Beach is a beautiful, long, flat 22km stretch of sun-kissed white sand, set against a stunning backdrop of red ochre cliffs and fringed by the turquoise clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Cable Beach was named after the telegraph cable was laid between Broome and Java in 1889.

Sailing Catamaran Pulled Up On Beach and Woman Walking Away

2. Turquoise Bay Exmouth

Location: Turquoise Bay is located in the Cape Range National Park 60 kilometres south of Exmouth.

Snorkeling in the Ningaloo Reef sound exciting? Well that’s exactly why you’d come here. Dive into the pristine waters of the aptly named ‘Turquoise Bay’ and you’re swimming within a few metres of Ningaloo Reef. Have a go at the popular drift snorkel by swimming out to the reef on the southern end of the beach, then letting the current carry you north over coral gardens to the sand bar. You’ll see colourful coral and plenty of fish – so many species all colours of the rainbow live in and around the reef. You may even spot a whale shark or two!
if you go on a whale shark swim I think Turquoise Bay is Western Australia’s best beach location.


1. Whitehaven Beach

Location: Whitehaven is an isolated beach on the Eastern side of Whitsunday Island, the largest in the Whitsunday group in North Queensland.

Situated in Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven is only accessable by air or by boat from Airlie beach and Shute Harbour or Hamilton Island. It is 4 miles of pure silica sand and the most amazingly, stunning aqua blue water you’ve ever seen. Whitehaven’s expansive shallows and water patterns make it totally unique and a favourite among photographers. Awarded cleanest beach in 2008 Whitehaven has also been named the Top Eco Friendly Beach as dogs and cigarette smoking are not allowed. What’s so remarkable about Whitehaven is the sand. It’s so incredibly white! It consists of 98% pure silica making it bright white & also it doesn’t retain heat so no matter how hot the day is, you can walk on it without burning the soles of your feet! It’s also really squeaky. Apparently the ‘squeak’ is caused by friction of the layers of silica sand particles rubbing against each other. Polluted sands will not squeak because of foreign matter mixed in with the sand. Therefore, a beach with squeaky sand is a clean beach.

Absolutely beautifully view from above.

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If you’ve been to another Aussie beach that you really think should be included in this list, let us know. Maybe we could turn it into our top 20 – of course this might mean we’d have to go and check it out ourselves, bummer!


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 …

Need a paint job?











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

Buy beautiful homewares, outdoor furniture, beach house decor and soft furnishings for your beach house at www.beachabodeliving.com.au

Beach Abode Living – Online Store Launch

You don’t have to live near the beach to find something you’ll love at Beach Abode Living.

Whether you are looking for a gift, re-decorating a room or dreaming of a sea change, our aim is to become your favourite beach homewares online store by helping you create a gorgeous comfortable beach inspired home that you are proud of.

Furnish your home in a way that reflects your true personality and unique decorating style and makes you feel like you’re on holidays everyday. Don’t settle for same old home furnishings everybody buys in department stores. Invest in unique, high quality homewares that you’ll absolutely love and that’ll have your friends envious.

Bright, striped and multi coloured home accessories include 100% cotton cushion covers, cushions with buttons, outdoor cushions, table ware, table runners, placemats, napkins, tablecloths, directors chair covers, bed sheets, quilt covers, bath towels, beach towels, extra large beach bags, outdoor furniture, adirondack chairs, fabric and more.

Beach Abode Living is not just a brand, its a lifestyle choice.

Splash out with colour