Fun Houzz: You Know You Love Coastal Style When...
If you suspect you’re a coastal style fanatic but need convincing, run through this checklist of 10 telltale signs…
Forget film posters or arty photography, the coastal lover’s walls are hung with painted seascapes, images of yachts and nautical maps. If you can’t conceive of hanging an artwork that doesn’t feature waves or boats, then you have definitely caught the coastal bug.
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If you can’t visit the coast without bringing home pockets full of pebbles and strandline swag, it’s a safe bet you dig the coastal look.
Standing a starfish up by your bath is just the start, though, when it comes to what you do with all this stuff. A true coastal style convert is filling vintage jars with shells, decorating mirror frames with driftwood and pimping their fireplace with pebbles the minute they get through the front door.
Timber washed up on a shore after a long period on the rinse cycle that is the sea has great appeal for anyone committed to coastal style. You can bring the real thing home, or reference it with distressed planks, for that weather-beaten, beach hut feel.
The combination of blue and white brings an instant coastal feel, with a touch of Hamptons sophistication. Check your rooms: if you have some, even just on a duvet cover, you probably are a coastal style fan. Ideally, it should be teamed with soft neutrals and simple, natural materials,
We should all be eating more oily fish, but as far as the coastal style lover is concerned, we should also be adorning our homes with it, too. Pictures are a good place to start, but fishy objects, textiles and ceramics will also go swimmingly!
Portholes are a dead giveaway. Only true coastal style fans go the whole nautical hog and fit a porthole in a door or wall.
Ships and fishing boats are fitted with distinctive, tough-looking lighting, often in traditional materials such as brass. Luckily for nautical nuts, there are plenty of lights designed for the interior of a home, rather than a captain’s cabin, that rock the same aesthetic.
From brightly coloured buoys to lifebelts, lengths of rope to ship’s lanterns, you cannot resist a nautical object! If it once belonged on a boat, it’s in.
Wallpaper is a great way to introduce pattern to your home, but a coastal fanatic will choose a design that sings of the sea. It might feature yachts, fishing boats, naval flags, lighthouses or fish. It won’t, however, feature florals, polka dots or graphic patterns.
Most of us would simply like a view; any view, really, that includes more than just the back of the neighbour’s house. But true coastal style lovers set the bar higher. They want a sea view. A sandy bay, sweeping coastline, cliffs – the whole nautical nine yards! It’s the only backdrop that will truly complement all the beach finds and fishy objects they have collected, after all.
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Do you know of any other telltale signs that you’re a coastal style fan? Please share them in the Comments below.