Coastal interiors – 10 easy ideas

August 19, 2014

Coastal interiors – how to get the look

There’s nothing quite like the feel of salty sea air on your skin, the roar of the ocean and the colours of beach life. We’ve put together a Coastal Interiors mood board on Pinterest with images we love and find inspiring… Hope you enjoy creating coastal interiors in your own home.

Coastal Interiors – 10 easy ideas

Coastal interiors idea 1: mix soft whites, warm greys and natural textures

I love the pared down simple coastal styling of this cottage in Mousehole, Cornwall. It’s called The Oyster Catcher and you can book it through Unique Home Stays >>

What I love about this interiors is that the colour palette is so restrained yet still feels easy going. Soft whites and warm greys are softened with vintage finds, texture, fresh simple flowers and natural textures. I love this – don’t you?

coastal interior idea living room in soft greys whites, painted white washed floorboards, vintage accessories, linen covered arm chair and seaside finds - its the Oyster Catcher in Mousehole, Cornwall, and bookable through Unique Home Stays - all the info you need to book is in the blog post - as are lots of other inspiring interiors ideas #coastal #interiors #seaside #decor

Coastal interiors idea 2: let the fresh air in

coastal interiors living room idea with woodburner, window seat, floorboards, rustic wood, vintage map and soft pink linen curtains with natural linen cushions and sofas #coastal #interiors #livingroom #woodburner #windowseat #seaview

Few of us are lucky enough to look out on crashing blue ocean waves, but allowing the light and fresh air to flood in is key to creating a successful coastal interior. Love the pale dusky pink curtains that don’t distract from the view, providing a soft and subtle frame for the window. This is another really special property available to book through Unique Home Stays – Alba Beach House. Ocean blue-green stained floor boards, non matching vintage wooden chairs and neutral linen chair covers add personality and interest.

Coastal interiors idea 3: white wooden shutters

coastal interiors ideas - white painted shutters living room #white #shutters #coastal #interiors

Is there a nicer way to frame a sea view than a pair of white-painted wooden shutters? The image above is from: Alba Beach House

The gorgeous bedroom shutters below are from The Chalk House (also available to book through Unique Home Stays)

coastal interiors bathroom white painted shutters living room #white #shutters #coastal #interiorscoastal interiors bathroom white painted shutters living room #white #shutters #coastal #interiors

Coastal interiors idea 4: stone and white washed wood

love this coastal interiors bedroom idea from The Meadows in Cornwall (bookable through Unique Home Stays - all the info is in the blog post) - love the combination of natural old stone, whitewashed wood to create a simple bed headboard and crisp white bed linen with blue marine stripe throw #coastal #interiors #whitewash #headboard #stone

This pared back bedroom interior is from The Meadows in Newlyn, Cornwall, again bookable through Unique Home Stays.

Love the combination of exposed old stone with whitewashed wood to create a simple bed headboard. Add crisp white linen and marine stripe cushions/throw and you’re good to go.

Coastal interiors idea 5: go for stripes

Talking of stripes, there are none better than the fabrics of Ian Mankin, beautifully made in Britain.

Synonymous with stripes for over 30 years, Ian Mankin Fabrics has the most comprehensive collection of British-made striped fabrics, all woven in-house at the brand’s family-owned and run Lancashire mill, including 44 stripes as well as mix and mix checks, florals and plain fabrics.

Check out their  fresh nautical stripes crisp ticking – the perfect way to bring some seaside freshness into your home. Pair with white washed walls and floors and pale natural rattan, driftwood and seed heads.

I absolutely love this Hayle stripe fringed throw woven in the UK from recycled wool fibres.

coastal interiors striped recycled wool throw in pale blue and natural cream by ian mankin #coastal #interiors #throw #recycled #wool #stripes

I also love Meg Morton fabrics and wallpapers, all made in England and they offer some beautiful stripe designs as well as soft, contemporary florals. Love this Dorset Blue stripe linen

dorset blue stripe coastal linen fabrics by meg morton #coastal #stripe #linen #fabrics #bluelove this coastal fabric in stripes in blues, white and neutrals. Click through to get more ideas and inspiration you'll love for bringing some salty seaside freshness into your home #coastalinteriors #blueandwhite #seaside #frombritainwithlove #coastal

Idea 6: put a bath in your bedroom

coastal interiors bedroom idea roll top metal bath with french doors to terrace and painted white tongue and groove walls

Why don’t we do this more often? It feels like something that would feel like a holiday treat and yet there’s no reason why we can’t have a bath in our bedroom at home too. All the better if you happen to have french doors you can throw open onto a sea view terrace.. This dreamy property is The Shipwreck in Portwrinkle, Cornwall, available to book through Unique Home Stays.

Idea 7 display seaside findings

coastal interiors jars of shells on painted old vintage antique trunk as side table

What says seaside more than glass jars of shells or pebbles picked up from the beach? I also love the idea of white washing or painting an old chest to double up as a side table.

This idea is from The Oyster Catcher in Cornwall as is the window seat idea below.

Idea 8: create a window seat

love this coastal interiors bedroom idea for making a simple window seat with grainsack linen cushions and painted whitewashed floorboards and vintage furniture with tongue and groove panelling on the walls

Idea 9: Use reclaimed and whitewashed wood

coastal interior kitchen reclaimed white wash rustic #coastal #kitchen #reclaimed #white #whitewash

I love this cool coastal kitchen design – it’s from Ammonite in Rye, East Sussex and I love the confident mix of reclaimed old wood to create the cupboard doors, white-washed floor boards and beautiful old kitchen table as central island. Zinc panels with a lovely patina as splash backs are a really creative idea too.

Idea 10: Source natural toiletries inspired by the ocean

coastal bathroom sea salt ocean body scrub from the future kept #coastal #bathroom #sea #seasalt #scrub

I bought this Tales of the Sea Salt Scrub from The Future Kept and it really is the next best thing to swimming in the ocean. It’s designed to invigorate and awaken the skin, leaving you tingling! It also looks great in a coastal bathroom on a textural ceramic dish.



Find Ian Mankin, Meg Morton, and The Future Kept in the From Britain with Love Directory.

Find special coastal holiday lets at Unique Home Stays

For more ocean-inspired ideas, you might also like: Seaside Interiors we love

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