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Get the coastal look

If you’ve ever stayed in a stylish beachside apartment or a cosy coastal shack, you’ll know how relaxing and fresh a coastal themed interior can be. Returning home, our everyday furniture and homewares can often seem dreary in comparison and we can find ourselves looking back longingly on that holiday home with its bright and breezy beachside vibe.

Take heart – re-creating your holiday haven is easier than you might think. With a little bit of help and creative inspiration, you can be sitting back in your own cosy coastal hideaway enjoying a beachside vibe in the comfort of your own home in no time – all for an affordable price.

Here are some top tips to help you:

Take a long hard look at your interior and decide what items of furniture need replacing. If you are in the market for a new sofa or dining setting then this might be the time to take the plunge. We often put off replacing old worn out items but if you are after a new look, then this is your golden opportunity.

The one thing that makes holiday homes feel so relaxed is that they are clutter-free. Start with a blank canvas for your coastal makeover by clearing clutter. Discard what you don’t need and then find a home for the rest. If you don’t have enough storage, then make a list of what storage items you need and get shopping.

You don’t need to spend a fortune. Choose new storage that fits in with your coastal theme. If you are short on space, opt for clever storage/furniture combinations, such as a coffee table with a built-in shelf or a multi-shelved side table. This way you can store your stuff and leave plenty of room to relax and chill out.

For your coastal makeover, take your cue from nature. Think shades of blue, cool calming neutrals and crisp whites. Mix and match items across this colour palette to add variation and create your own beachside style.

Lamps, cushions, wall art, mirrors, are all a great way to accentuate a coastal theme and pull the look together without breaking the bank. If you are sticking to your existing sofa, then replace old cushions according to your coastal colour palette; neutrals, blues, crisp whites, or a fun beachside printed design. Choose traditional woven rugs with natural fabrics such as virgin jute to create a coastal vibe. Add a canvas print with a beachside theme to complete your coastal look.

Create your coastal themed interior by opting for furniture and accessories made from natural materials. Wicker baskets, woven rugs, crisp cotton cushions and throws, timber based lamps, linen curtains – the use of natural materials will create a beachside look that will transform your home into a calming coastal retreat.

Beachside finds such as driftwood, shells and pebbles can inject a touch of creative flair into your new look home. Top off with family holiday photos and mementos to add a personal touch. Now sit back, relax and enjoy your own little home-made holiday paradise.