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Design Style Feature I: Coastal
By Jenifer Davison
Coastal Design can be interpreted in many different ways from coast to coast. It can be more formal or casual, depending on your lifestyle. When you think of coastal design, what comes to mind? For me, I think of a blissful and serene space with a nice breeze – bright, light and casual. The space should evoke that same feeling you have while putting your feet in the sand, gazing out at the horizon, and watching and listening to sounds of the ocean. The space should calm you, and above all, allow you to relax.
When designing a coastal space, the flooring is an important design element that will have a huge affect on the overall feeling of your space. Typically, coastal homes will have a wood floor that is a lighter tone and may be slightly distressed, reminiscent of driftwood washed up on the shoreline. Keeping the floor lighter in tone will go a long way in achieving that airy, light, and bright feeling, and will not show scratches that my occur if you happen to stroll through the door with sand on your feet.
Paint color is another important design decision that will have a significant impact on the overall mood of your space. Avoid bright bold colors and look for lighter, more muted tones that you may encounter while on a walk at the beach. Consider light neutrals, such as taupe or sand tones as your main color. Light blues, aquas or corals can make a great accent colors as well.
Coastal designs will commonly incorporate natural elements in the way of accessories and art work. Sea Shells rimmed in gold, coral sculptures and driftwood furniture – are just a few clever ideas to give your space a coastal flare. For a slight coastal feel, try a driftwood lamp and coral wall art. To take coastal to the max, utilize rope trimmed lamp shades, sea-glass light fixtures, sea life artwork and toss pillows with shell details. These small details give the most impact and convey the bliss found on the beach.
Decorative light fixtures can make a huge effect on the space. Avoid dark, visually heavy, light fixtures and instead opt for something more open, perhaps made of natural materials if you like a more casual feel. Don’t underestimate the impact light fixtures can have on the space – it can make or break your design.