The term “themed rooms” may ring alarm bells and take us back to the 90’s interior design trends where everything in a room would be based around one theme and Laurence Llewellyn Bowen was at the height of his career!
However themed rooms have always lurked in the background of design trends and none so more than beach chic. If you’re lucky enough to own your own beach house, getting to decorate it is just the icing on the design lovers cake. But that beachy-casual décor is a tough one to master. Of course you want to draw inspiration from our stunning surroundings, but there are only so many anchor motifs you can fit into a home.
But just because traditional beach décor can be a little cliché doesn’t mean that there aren’t stylish options out there and creating a room that feels like summer all year long can’t be a bad thing! Coastal style is all about creating a relaxing, airy and cheerful atmosphere indoors and here I’ve rounded up a few chic beach house must-haves that will give your Mediterranean retreat the makeover it deserves.
Wood look tiles
Wood look tiles are very realistic these days and certainly make a more practical solution than the real thing. Wood tiles can be used on just about any surface giving a rustic-but-chic style. In our travels we are seeing it on everything from kitchen islands to fireplaces, as wall decoration as well as on floors. I recently saw it used inside a villa in the living area and carried out on to the patio, it made the floor area of the villa look enormous, a very clever optical illusion for the smaller living or patio area, but equally beautiful and effective when used over larger areas. Interest in wood tile has increased by 51 percent on Pinterest, and is set to be a massive trend for 2018 …where will you put yours!
Rustic wood is a classic way to bring beach chic to your home; branches turned into lighting (see www.andrewjameslighting.com for a stunning collection from a local artist), railway sleeper beams and used logs give a natural earthy feel that’s calming and restful. Sturdy glass topped branches make a statement when it comes to occasional tables and natural wood chairs give a softer look than their chrome equivalents.
Don’t be afraid of Colour
Beach chic minimalism doesn’t always mean white. According to the trend experts using blue on the walls gives a contemporary warm, seaside vibe and adding furniture and decor in this coming years predicted shades of hot red and navy blue means your themed room remains on trend.
Use Wood and Steel as a complimentary combo
While your kitchen might not always be a show kitchen, white cabinets and stainless steel appliances are a good way to maintain the home’s minimalist design whilst clever use of natural wooden light pendants above an island or breakfast bar that perfectly match with exposed beams and wood floors ground a space and give it some earthy context perfectly aligned to a beach look.
Opt for a few beachy statement pieces
Whether it’s an ocean-inspired piece of artwork, or a rope-like lighting fixture, adding a little drama to an understated room is the best way to decorate for a stylish look. The use of blue and white contemporary paintings add to a home’s coastal feel. Beach artwork makes it look casual but refined, and maybe even a little glamorous.
Add texture...and lots of it
Every beach is packed full of an array of textures from sand to water to driftwood — and your Mediterranean home should follow suit. Don’t be afraid to play with pairings that you wouldn’t normally gravitate toward; textures are definitely one way to be interesting without being jarring, but keep accessories natural using wood, glass, stone and ceramics. Mix it up with a few larger pieces and then incorporate some smaller details on white washed distressed furniture.
So there we go, a few ideas that hopefully will help and inspire you in 2018. For more ideas or if you need advice with your window dressings simply give the studio a call and book your free home visit, we will love to help and inspire you to achieve the home of your dreams.
Lotus Interiors, Ctra. Moraira 14-16, Benitachell. Call 96 649 3232. www.lotusinteriors.es.