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coastal dining room from oz design with blue and white striped watercolour wallpaper

Easy Updates to add Coastal Flavour to your Home

What I love about coastal interior design is that it means different things to different people. For some, the word ‘coastal’ conjures up a beachside vibe. For others, it’s a more sophisticated Hamptons look. And then there are those of us who see it as more of a tropical, nautical, or even bohemian aesthetic (more on a coastal-boho look here).

For me, I think it’s a bit of a mesh of all those styles. And more importantly, I believe that coastal interior design has a few essential characteristics. First and foremost, it’s relaxed and easy. There’s a lightness to a coastal vibe that I love. It also features white and blue tones quite heavily, albeit in varying shades and doses. And lastly, it’s packed with texture. Oodles and oodles of it.

In today’s post I’m sharing some of the best coastal interior design buys from my fave brands and hopefully inspiring you to work these concepts into your own pad this spring and summer. Let the games begin!

Easy Updates to Add Coastal Flavour to your Home

oz design newhaven buffet with white washed timber and beach art above

Add a Coastal Buffet & Artwork

The first cab off the rank is perhaps my favourite: a freshly-landed buy from OZ Design. It’s called the New Haven Buffet, and I’m obsessed with the exposed wood grain and light white washing here.

Adding in a coastal buffet also allows you to play with the styling on top. And a piece of beach art is a key inclusion. My fave place to get beachside art from is the amazing The Lens and I. You must check them out.

coastal living room with soft grey sofa and sheer curtains

Avoid the All-White Walls

Contrary to popular belief, coastal interior design is not all white on white. In fact, the gorgeous light furniture pieces you have in a coastal home will pop far better against a slightly darker wall paint.

With this in mind, I highly recommend you look toward a hue for your walls that feels a little creamier but still crisp and airy. My top pick is Taubmans Snow Drop as seen above.

lorraine lea daintree tropical teal and white quilt cover set in bohemian bedroom

Fresh Summery Bedding thanks!

That heavenly scent of summer in the air always gives me the urge to get some fresh bedding and lighten up the entire mood of my bedroom.

There’s no better place to do this than Lorraine Lea. They have a tonne of fresh coastal buys at the moment with a load more on the way. I love the Daintree bedding above. So visually invigorating, don’t you think?

sugarcane trading co bllue and white aztec floor rug in coastal living room

Roll out Ravishing Rug

I love rugs being a focal point in a room. And in a coastal space that’s often quite light on eye-catching moments, it’s a nice approach to ensure the room doesn’t feel flat.

Opt for a patterned rug like the one above from Sugarcane Trading Co. It’s called the Naya Rug and I love it because it brings such a sense of drama with it, but it a rather chill way.

coastal ceiling fan above white kitchen bench from beacon lighting

A Fade-into-the-background Fan

I’m in the process of looking at fans as an option in my own home at the moment, and these ones from Beacon Lighting have caught my eye.

Called the Nordic Fan, I like it because it’s clearly functional in warm summer weather, but it isn’t too visually imposing in a space. It has a six-speed remote control, too, which is rather handy.

adairs plantation chairs on patio with tribal floor rug

Plantation Chairs are a Must

As I said in the opener of this post, coastal interior design is all about texture. And nothing brings it to your home quite like a plantation chair.

The ones you see here from Adairs are divine because they’re low to the ground, look relaxed and are packed with visible wood grain and woven materials. I’m smitten.

olli ella book basket

Baskets Galore Please

Belly baskets are nothing new, but they’re definitely at home in a coastal interior, so they warrant inclusion here. Local brand Olli Ella seems to be the name on everyone’s lips in the basket arena and deserve a special mention.

Lately, this Aussie brand has expanded it’s product range quite a bit. My fave piece is currently their Book Basket. Gorgeous in a kids room, entryway or hall, don’t you think?

a boy name aaron kaya coastal crucifix wall hanging

Essential Wall Hangings

Yes, macrame wall hangings are still all the rage, but I’m loving some of the newer, handmade pieces from local creative types. Two brands are my fave in this arena and I totally recommend you give them a look.

The first is A Boy Name Aaron, who is responsible for the piece you see above. And the other is Chroma Club. I’ve featured both brands on the blog before because I utterly love what they do.

Supporting local designers and makers is a passion of mine too, so I hope you’ll give them some of your time.

lisa sarah beach white steel art above white scandinavian style buffet

Steel Art for a Steal

If you want to bring something out of the ordinary into your home, consider some sublime steel art from NZ designer Lisa Sarah.

These beautiful steel signs are suitable for hanging indoors or out, and there’s a wide variety of text options available, as well as the steel colours themselves. The art is affordable, too, and they ship to Australia.

The ‘Beach’ design is a clear fave here as it works so well in a costal interior design scheme.

coastal rope lamp in coastal bohemian living room with rustic ladder and grey sofa

The Rope Lamp

No coastal interior is complete without a rope lamp. Yes, I know it’s very literal, but you are allowed to be literal at times with a coastal interior. Just no sand in bottles, OK?

This rope lamp is a cute option from Zanui. It has a glass base and linen shade, and with the rope wrapped so wonderfully around the base, it screams ‘texture’ and looks fabulous.

bamboo ladder from kmart in bathroom with black and grey geometric towels

A Bamboo Ladder

Last but not least is this beauty; the decorative bamboo ladder from Kmart. You know me; I’m all about mixing skimp and splurge design, so I couldn’t pass up this bargain at just $25!

Use is in a bathroom for your towels, drape some fairy lights around it in your alfresco area, or use it to throw clothes on in your bedroom. The options are endless, really.

A coastal mood board I created for a client recently.

What are your Coastal Interior Design go-to’s?

Don’t leave me hangin’! I wanna know what coastal buys you’ve picked up lately, or what clever tricks you’ve used to sprinkle a little coastal love around your house.

Drop me a comment below and share your style hacks!

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

  • Ilana


    Thanks so much for the feature/comment about my Beach Prints! and absolutely loving those plantation chairs from Adairs!! ilana – thelensandi

    11 September, 2017
  • Sally Murali - Sugarcane Trading Co


    Thanks so much for including our rug in your coastal selections Chris. I love every single piece you have chosen, and actually feel like booking a beach holiday right now = ). Sally, Sugarcane Trading Co.

    11 September, 2017
  • Michelle


    A blue sofa for a coastal feel every time. And I love that you say all white walls are not the way to go!

    15 September, 2018

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