Going Coastal

06 Oct Going Coastal

You don’t need to be living near the water to evoke a coastal vibe to your living space. Natural materials, textures and clean lines define a contemporary coastal design style and can be applied within your space to emulate a relaxed and tranquil ‘coastal’ vibe.

Let nature take the lead


Taking cues and inspiration from nature is the perfect way to start. A soft, neural colour scheme with sandy creams combined with splashes of aqua blues, is perfect for this design style as it creates a sense of openness.

coral-ocean-stripe_groupNatural colour schemes also provide a great base for adding in furnishings and accessories. Coastal homes are known for their comfortable and inviting nature and cushions are the perfect way to visually communicate this.

For example, neutral cushions with a subtle pattern or texture can add visual interest into the space without being overbearing – Click here to see an example from the NSI House of Design Beach House range of cushions.


Fusing the indoors and outdoors


A key element of coastal homes is the blurring of indoors and outdoors.

Decorating and displaying natures gifts, such as a piece of drift wood or a glass full of shells are also thoughtful additions which can add textural depth and accessorise the space in a meaningful way.

Also consider material such as bamboo, coral, ceramic, rough wool, or leather… these can all be applied through furnishings or decorative elements.

Coastal embraces the light


Embracing the light and the outdoors underpins the coastal home. Therefore an abundance of natural light is important to keep the space bright and airy.

Decorative lamps can also be used at night to create ambience and eliminate the needs for excessive use of down lights. Timber floors can also give your interior a warm and inviting base. They also work well with textured rugs.

The trick is to keep it very simple, natural and textural. Modern furniture in recycled timbers or vintage rattan complement this design style well.

However, statement pieces such as a hint of rustic or antique can also add a bit of personality and history within the space too. Furniture pieces should be upholstered in soft durable fabrics such as cotton or linen. Recycled timbers and vintage rattan make for a wonderful relaxed finish.


About Linda Delaney and North Shore Interiors

Linda Delaney is the owner and manager of North Shore Interiors, a company that provides interior design, decorating, styling and project management services to Sydney’s lower north shore and greater Sydney metropolitan area.

Linda has been seen in Habitus, Inside Out, Grand Designs Australia and Money magazines. She is also a regular contributor for leading Australian interior design publications, Home Design and the annual Design & Decoration. Watch out for more of Linda’s work featured in the media.

Contact Linda at  Linda@nsinteriors.com.au or on 0432 716 558.