Dec 6, 2012

Coastal style any time of year.

Those of use who live on the West Coast love year-round coastal style. Having grown up on the Eastern Seaboard, that style is entrenched in my being. I love to share tips on how to bring that style into rooms since it's relaxed, casual, and refreshing. A few ideas....

Add a sisal rug to your largest room to inspire sandy shores and a casual feel.  Here, a casual living room was dressed with a sisal rug, blue draperies and pillows and selected accessories to transform it from country to coastal.  Don't overdo the beach colors and textures in window coverings and fabrics to feature the style, and add accessories to complete but not overwhelm.

Paint and accessories create a coastal feel in this bedroom.  It's all about using blues and greens in lieu of the pink and purple that made it cute and frilly. Keeping the walls white makes it easy to change the style and the decor.

Dressing the bathroom in coastal style is about natural woven shades, some wicker storage and swapping out colorful towels for white and sand. Few accessories are needed but make them practical to store soaps, cotton swabs and the like.  For a long-term style change, these cabinets were re-done in ivory in lieu of the dark oak. Contrasting hardware - does NOT need to match the faucet color - adds a nautical feel.

A different coastal feel is attained with coral and blue in this single room apartment.  Adding a great wall mirror and stools in the kitchen, and pillows and a re-painted table to the living room, completes the transformation.