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Creating a seaside inspired interior. PDF Print E-mail

Monday, 25 July 2011 02:21

You may not live by the sea – but you can create the illusion of doing so. This recent article published in the Telegraph by Rosie Brown gives some fantastic advice on how to create that ocean side interior. If you have any tips yourself then please add your comments at the end of this article.

A calming influence

The seaside is so de-stressing, and a few little touches to your home can result in a lovely natural interior. White paint is a good option, or duck-egg blue, paired with painted white floorboards. In terms of furniture, oak has a brilliant weathered quality, whereas pine can look too orange. Stick to a palette of soft blues, greens and whites. Avoid anything chrome, shiny or high-gloss

Turn beachcomber

I lived in London before moving to a tiny fishing village in Scotland. I’m always picking things up for the home. But you don’t have to live by the sea to bring the seaside into your home. Next time you’re on a beach collect interesting shells, pebbles or driftwood to display. I have a piece of white coral in a bell-jar. One summer I went to Camber Sands in East Sussex and found amazing stones with holes in the middle, where water had eroded them. I strung five or six on to a bathroom light-pull – it has a great tactile quality

Vintage lighting can look wonderful. I have a few, very small 1930s white lights hanging in groups, as big shades don’t work in small rooms. I bought some big, white pebble lamps from Habitat years ago, which I still love. They give a nice glow. Fill glasses and lanterns with sand and put chunky candles in them

Easy updates

Throws and cushions can instantly change a living-room or bedroom. A few years ago I screen-printed a flock of birds on to white tweed, which gave a lovely seaside feel. Make your own beach blanket by backing a length of towelling material with cotton print. It is an easy update for your living-room, and you could fling it in a basket and use it on the beach, too

And for artwork…

It is a nice idea to have plain walls and hang several paintings and prints. For a nautical look, use seaside imagery – a print of shells or a seaside view can be fun. It doesn’t matter if the pictures are of different things, just group them in similar shades of colour

An alfresco feel

Keep the interiors in your kitchen relaxed with an outdoorsy feel. Put a runner on your dining-table, and if you are planning to sit at a table outside weigh it down with a few pebbles to stop it flying away. Put cutlery in a container for people to pick out, rather than laying everything out. And lay pebbles in cement on the doorstep outside the kitchen (I suggest a wave shape) and leave to dry. Every day you can see something lovely you’ve created

Something special

Keep an eye out for artists and designers who make unusual pieces. I commissioned a furniture-maker called Roland Fraser (scottishfurnituremakers.org.uk) to make a mantelpiece for me out of driftwood. It was wonderfully original


Source: Telegraph

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