Interior Designer Voelklip ~ Beach House Styling
Interior Designer Voelklip ~ Beach House Styling. Beach house interior design will never go out of fashion. Whether your style is rustic, nautical, sophisticated or bringing the classical Hamptons to Hermanus, here are some tips on how to style your seaside home before another glorious summer hits our shores
Light & Airy – Crisp whites with punches of colour – blues, aquas and corals – immediately say coastal living. If your seaside home is filled with dogs & young children however white is not always the practical choice. You can switch white to a pale grey or blue, or look for paints and fabrics called “pebble”, “sand” or “shore” to give a warm, neutral tone to your home. Paint out dark wood finishes, especially a dark stained wood ceilings in white or white- wash to literally raise the roof and maximise your space.
Leisurely Lines – Coastal homes are all about enjoying a relaxed, unfussy lifestyle by the sea. Slip-covered sofas and chairs are a great way to create a chilled look that is practical too. Slip-covers in linen are pure perfection. A word of caution however when choosing linen fabrics: ask for a 100% polyester linen-lookalike as opposed to actual linen or pure cotton which is prone to dramatic shrinkage and fading. Fabrics have come a long way in recent years and there are amazing choices available.
Draw from Nature – Take design inspiration from what you see around you: red & orange sunsets; blue, green & aqua seas; beach sand, pebble and driftwood shades; nautical stripes and navy blues; organic metallic tones of nacre and shell. Choose one or two of these elements and do a mood board to ensure your look & feel is consistent throughout. And in the age of indoor-outdoor living, carry that same style into your outdoor living areas.
Casual Carpets – Chunky woven rugs or natural sisals and jutes always look good in a coastal home especially when they are tonal with light wooden floors. Bold stripes and geometric carpets also give a great seaside vibe. Outdoor rugs for braai and patio areas are now trending too. If your home is open plan, don’t use identical area rugs in each room, but do ensure that there is some element in each rug, tone, pattern, material, which matches it to the next.
Accent Accessorizing – Less is often more when it comes to accessorizing a beach house. Go overboard (excuse the pun) with nautical bric-a-brac, and it is easy to tip the scales from elegant to kitch! If your colour scheme, fabrics and furniture are well chosen and already say “beach house” there is no point adding more and more seagulls, shells, anchors and boats to every conceivable nook and cranny. Just one or two well-placed items will do the trick. Beautiful lanterns are available everywhere at the moment so use them to accessorize your dining table or entrance area.
Wondrous Windows – If you budget allows white American shutters are a fabulous choice; however, using them throughout your home may prove pricy. Fabric roman blinds look great in beach home kitchens and bathrooms, and soft, light flowing curtains that fall to the floor give an elegant and airy feel to any space. Place your curtain rails as high as your room will allow giving the illusion of greater height to your space.
Yes, life is a beach – make yours a stylish one! Contact Sarah @ Overberg Interiors ~ your Interior Designer Voelklip