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Trends & Finds

The Beach House

A home need not be rife with anchors, shells, and maritime flags to have a soothing, coastal feel. Let me introduce you to my ideal modern beach house.

Drawing a palette from sand, sky and sea instantly captures a relaxing vibe synonymous with an ocean getaway. Natural is the key with crisp white, light taupes and splashes serene blues at a minimum. You want to capture the fresh essence of the coast. Crisp white rooms are arresting in their purity and simplicity – the perfect blank canvas to work with.

Light may be the most important element of beach house style. Plentiful windows, glass doors and skylights will allow sunshine to flood in.

Furniture should be considered for comfort and function. Clean lines, both horizontal and vertical, are the foundations; shiplap, exposed beams and beautiful yet simple timber flooring planks. Natural materials are a must from reclaimed timbers to glass, stone and ceramics.

Linen and cotton textures balance the hard surfaces in soft furnishings. In coastal interiors, fabrics selections are simple, refined and undeniably comfortable. Think linen slipcovers, cotton rugs, and muslin curtains or floaty sheers that billow in the breeze.

My number on tip – forget the anchor on the wall and the shell photo frames, subtlety enhances sophistication.

 

Caitlan

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