Oh we do like to be beside the seaside. Don’t you?
Beach themed bedrooms are bright, airy and remind us of long summer days, beach walks and splashing shores. Refresh your bedroom in time for the sunshine with our style guide to creating coastal interiors that get your bedroom looking more coastal chic than seaside shabby.
White is key when it comes to your coastal colour palette. The brighter your bedroom the better. White bedrooms are simple and create a sense of purity, white is also the perfect base to build up your décor with furniture and accessories.
Every coastal bedroom needs the iconic colour of the seaside – blue. Light, barely there blues mimic the colours of the sky and sea, a perfect fit for your nautical décor. Don’t restrict yourself to one tone, mix lighter shades with darker navy tones for a great contrast. We love the way Pooky styled our Coastal Stripe Navy bed linen, creating a dramatic and dark nautical bedroom. Mix in sea greens, soft greys and neutral colours throughout the room to bring the look together.
To mix different colours into your room, mix and match your pillowcases. Our Relaxed Denim Natural is a beautifully sandy shade, mixed in with Relaxed Denim Navy for a dark contrast and Tiny Stripe Navy pillowcases for a slightly lighter shade.
When it comes to adding pattern into a coastal bedroom, less is more. For an instant coastal look add classic ‘deckchair’ stripes to your bedding and accessories. Sailor stripes can be overdone, so add with caution to make sure your interior stays clean and crisp rather than cluttered. If you’re after a less 'classic' coastal look add some ditsy floral prints into your decor with accessories.
Laying up different textures throughout your bedroom will help to make the decor come together. With coastal interiors it's all about bringing the outside in. If you're lucky enough to be by the seaside, go for a Sunday stroll and see if you can pick up any driftwood. You can upcycle this into shelving or if you feel like a challenge you can make it into a statement headboard. Wooden furnishings and restored hardwood floorboards bring together a coastal bedroom with an extra rattan chair or footstool.
To ensure that your bedroom stays cosy, add different layers of fabric to your bed. Mix cotton bed sheets with chunky knitted throws, or linen with oversized bedspreads. The more snug stuff you have on the bed, the better.
Accessories and Lighting
If your walls are looking bare add a framed print or unique piece of art. Avoid the typical seaside scenes and opt for something that adds a bit of your personality. Vintage seaside postcards can easily be found in charity shops or online and make a great photo collage.
Pay attention to the small details with your bedroom accessories. Find pieces you love for your bedroom, with subtle nautical touches. You'll love your bedroom for longer and the coastal trend will come through without being obvious.
Make your bedroom as light and bright as possible. Frame your windows with light curtains to make the room feel lighter more open to the outside. Add mirrors around the bedroom to reflect any light you do have to make your bedroom feel brighter and bigger.