If you love the feel of a coastal or beach home you may want to try to bring that feel to your own home, whether or not you live in a coastal area. A coastal decor provides a breezy, calm feel that can be incorporated into practically any home and don’t worry it doesn’t have to be expensive. There are ways to create this feel on a budget.
Coming Up With A Design
First you will need to come up with a few design ideas. Think about how you want your place to look and feel. Do you want a rustic coastal look or more of a contemporary beach look? Do you want to feel like you’re submersed in the decor or do you simply want accents to bring a hint of this feel into your home?
Look at pictures online and in magazines. Look both at beach homes and coastal designs to get a sense of what you like and what you don’t like. You will also need to figure out what will work in your home. Decide if you want to do a full makeover, make changes slowly over time or simply incorporate a few of your favorite ideas to add a subtle touch of the beach to your home.
Assembling The Decor
Once you have an idea of what you want it is time to find pieces to fit your design ideas. This may involve painting some rooms. Certain colors like soft blue, tan or eggshell white have a beach feel to them. They look especially nice with white baseboards and trim.
Find pictures that fit the look you are going for, or if you have an artistic flair consider creating some of your own artwork. Creating your own artwork allows you to choose the colors and create the exact look you want. You can even design the room around this.
If painting isn’t your thing you may want to create other things using items commonly found on a beach like shells or driftwood. You can decorate picture frames or candle holders with shells. Or you can use driftwood to make creative pieces or simply strategically place it within your home.
Using Lighting To Enhance The Theme
Lighting can be an important part of creating a theme. If you want a rustic, authentic feel you can find authentic ship lights that have been modified for home use. They provide a distinct coastal look and they can also be a conversation piece.
If you want a contemporary look there are some really nice nautical light fixtures in brushed nickel that have simple, clean lines that can really help create a contemporary coastal look. These lights are often based on actual styles of ship lights or close versions of them.
Finding ideas to create a vision of what you want is the most important thing. Once you have that defined you can bring the pieces together to create a coastal-themed home to enjoy for years to come.