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Coastal Colour Combinations Beyond Beach Hut Stripes

14th May 2021

Bringing the seaside into your home is the perfect way to create coastal home decor. The carefree holiday mood makes for easy rest and relaxation.

Coastal interiors inspiration can be stylish, comfortable spaces that offer a peaceful haven. They're a getaway from the hectic pace of day-to-day life.

When choosing a colour scheme look to coastlines for inspiration. The classic beach hut palette of crisp white with accents of navy blue is just one approach. In fact, our shores offer such a diverse range of beautiful shades and tones. Here's the best alternatives for coastal decorating ideas.

Coral Reef Interiors Inspiration

The underwater wonderlands of coral reefs offer strong coastal room decor. They feature bold bursts of colour that add vibrancy and personality to rooms. Strong pinks, rich oranges, and vivid aqua blues are used alongside each other. Plain fabric is layered underneath bold flowing prints that emulate ocean waves and seascapes.

To ensure maximum impact, feature coral colours in lightweight floor-length curtains. Alternatively, dress-up a neutral sofa or armchair with some funky scatter cushions to really make them pop.

Sandy Shores Interior Ideas

Being by the ocean evokes a sense of wide open space that can be recreated in interiors. Sandy cream and light taupe are the perfect neutral background. They lift the ceiling, widen the walls, and cast a beautiful soft light that will add warmth to your room. Add sun-bleached linens in dusky, earthy colours for a washed up boho feel.

Otherwise, if you are looking to keep things fresh, add some zing with cushions in grassy greens or fresh ocean blues. Then simply lay back and relax in a bright and airy space.

Tropical Paradise Interior Design

Waking up every day in your very own tropical paradise is in reach! These designs have seen a resurgence recently and this trend seems here to stay.

There's now an abundance of choice for creating the perfect escape. Vibrant palm leaves and jungle prints in unexpected colours add excitement and architecture to your walls.

They can also use natural materials such as jute, wicker and bamboo. These have a simplistic charm and are a clever option as they complement most colour schemes.

Finish things off with an abundance of living plants as the perfect home accessory and enjoy as they bring the energy of island life into your room.

Ocean Blue Interior Inspiration

There is no doubt that crisp white and navy blue is the classic colourway for transporting you to the beach. It, however, doesn’t have to feature deckchair stripes to do so.

There's more choice than ever when it comes to coastal inspired designs. There's plenty of charming seaside scenes and smart marine motifs to avoid the the clichés and still achieve ocean vibes.

Carefully selected artwork and home accessories can be enough to tie non-typical coastal choices together. These can include geometric prints or florals into a successful seaside scheme.

Style Guide: Creating Coastal Chic

If this is the perfect interior style for you, then you will love our interiors feature on all things coastal. Discover the designers to shop by, brand new nautical collections and all the styling tips you need to create the dream beach inspired getaway...

(Images: Green and Cream Sitting Room - Designer Donne Elle, Photographer Dan Cutrona | White Sitting Room with Neutral Stripes - Spang Builders | Washed Out Linens - Designer Thomas Callaway, Photographer: Lisa Romerein | Stephanie Hollman Open Plan Home - Designer Kim Gordon.)