6 Tips for Decorating with Coastal Style Year Round
Two California designers share why there's no need to hide away your coral collection come December.
There's no doubt we all succumb to beach house fever in high season, but those who are lucky enough to reside beside the ocean, know the sea and sand have a special allure in the cooler months as well. Think snow-dusted dunes and crackling fires in a white-washed living room. If you love a beachy style in your home, don't fret. Husband-and-wife design team Greg and Wendy Blackband of Blackband Design, who have decorated dozens of homes up and down the California coast, are big believers in year-round seaside style. "There’s a difference between bringing in a bit of ocean-influenced décor and letting the style wash over every corner of your home," they explain. "With pieces that are timeless and casual, you can incorporate elements that are suggestive of the coast without being kitschy." Read on for the pair's best tips for creating a style that will never feel out of season.
1. Fresh Fabrics
"When trying to go for a coastal feel, fabrics should be simple, unassuming and comfortable. Think white linen slipcovers, natural fiber rugs, and breezy blue-toned textiles."
2. Accents of the Sea
"Keep your furnishings simple and you can have more fun with your accessories. Bring in unexpected objects like glass jugs or fishing net floats. Beads and sea glass are some of our favorite accents to layer in beautiful, natural tones reminiscent of morning strolls scavenging for treasures along the shore scavenging. Coral is another favorite, and comes in a variety of sizes, colors and forms."
3. a Touch of Turquoise
"Don’t be afraid to add some color! The color turquoise always reminds me of the coast and I love pairing it with coral and reclaimed woods."
4. Coastal Artwork
"Appreciate the sea all year long with ocean-inspired artwork. Abstract waves, fan coral or branch motifs are perfect ways to bring the element of nature into your home. An array of seashells, sand dollars and large scaled starfish are also fun."
5. Jute, Sisal and Seagrass
"When designing seaside spaces we tend to look for organic materials such as jute, seagrass and sisal. Using natural fibers for rugs, lighting, and accessories brings warmth and texture to a room. Pulls or knobs wrapped in rope add a subtle touch, while a rope-wrapped chandelier makes a big impact."
6. Classic Rattan
"A collection of rattan baskets filled with fishermen's nets or natural weave throws are perfect for those cozy, winter nights by the fire. A simple rattan chair when paired with a cool pillow adds that understated seaside vibe."