Our Top 8 Tips On How To Achieve Coastal Style

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Coastal Style interior design has really taken off, especially in Australia, so we’ve decided to give you our 8 top styling tips on how you too can achieve a rustic, seaside, elegant aesthetic in your own home – which we now refer to as Coastal Style.


Coastal Style is the ideal interior style for Aussie homes. With its soothing hues, relaxed appeal, down-to-earth emphasis on the sun, sand and sea, this quirky decorating style is easy and fun to achieve.


Stradbroke Bobbin Coffee Table


No. 1: Mixed Wood Finishes Are All the Go!


Don’t be concerned that your bleached table and raw timber kitchen island is going to clash with your dark espresso floorboards, because with Coastal Style you can mix all types of wood finishes. Consider well-known beach clubs around the world – they don’t hesitate to mix and match all timber types, finishes, and stains in the same area. You’re not actually looking for a perfect match – the ‘collected look’ is a less-contrived and far more natural look.

Beach House


No. 2: Whitewashed Walls Set the Scene


Coastal Style is all about whitewashed walls. Your interior will look brighter and lighter when your walls are all-white.


No. 3: Be Daring with Your Furniture Plan


Coastal interior design is all about pulled-together relaxation, so you have heaps of freedom here to create an easy-living laid-back style. How do you like to relax? If relaxation means a room full of armchairs instead of a sofa and coffee table, then that’s what you should have. Likewise, if you can visualise a wicker chaise and bookcase in your dining area, then go ahead. It’s your home, and it’s your interpretation of Coastal Style.

No. 4: Blinds and Curtains in the Same Room?


Yes! With Coastal Style is not about making sure each room has matching window treatments, it’s more about deciding what works best for both the location and shape of each window. Try using the same fabric or shade of curtain to create a cohesive, elegant look.


No. 5: Coastal Style Means Going Natural


Welcome nature into your home by using the same tones and textures for collectables and furniture, using materials like wood, wool, hemp, jute, wicker, cotton, leather, linen, bamboo, and of course rattan.


No. 6: Rug – or no Rug?


Rugs are not a necessity for Coastal Style, especially if you already have beautiful timber flooring in your home. Perhaps you don’t like floor rugs, and that’s okay. You’ll notice that bare floor-boards are a stunning feature in some of the world’s best Coastal interiors.


No. 7: The ‘White Walls and Timber Surfaces’ Combination


A combination of white walls and timber surfaces is a foolproof Coastal combination. Paint your walls a brilliant white, then complete your Coastal Style interior design with world weary timber surfaces. Pick out beautiful items and use them decoratively, not obsessively.

Sorrento Backless Counter Stool

No. 8: Shiplap Panelling Looks Fantastic


A great look for walls is tongue-and-groove panelling. Besides creating a rustic, laid-back environment, tongue-and-groove panelling adds a sense of craftsmanship while simultaneously adding dimension and texture.



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