What is Coastal Interior Design?

It’s difficult to describe something that isn’t really that based on style, but rather what it communicates. Coastal interiors have a relaxing atmosphere, they are full of light and they are airy. But the thing is, how can you achieve that? 

At first, you might get mixed up and think that coastal design features anchor patterns, exclusively blue accents, and seashell decorations. Well, then you would be confusing it with nautical design. Coastal design is a different thing altogether! 

Coastal design is focused on bringing the beach into your household, trying to emulate the beachy color palettes with soft tones, natural light and crisp white walls. For rugs and fabrics, there’s a focus on natural textures like jute or rattan, while furniture can be made of white-washed wood or wicker!

Coastal design encourages open spaces: they are meant to look airy and wide. Open floor plans are preferred but, if that’s not possible, you could always just opt for a more minimalistic approach, to make the space seem wider.

But what about color? Yes, we know white is the main character in this style of design, but we don’t want to forget accent colors! Since it’s reminiscent of beaches, it’s better to always keep colors soft and neutral: khakis and beiges, light blues, soft greens. This type of design isn’t meant to be bold and colorful, otherwise it will disrupt the peaceful atmosphere. 

Light is such an important part of coastal design, which is why glossy stretch ceilings are perfect for these types of spaces. They are especially popular in beach areas like Florida, since they can refract the light from outside and bring it in — plus, if you have a great ocean view you can have it reflected on your ceiling!

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