Beach House or City Home: Creating the Coastal Look with Interior Design

June 18, 2019

The coastal theme has been a staple in interior design for decades. It’s often reserved just for bathrooms, however it can look good throughout every room of a home. There are a few different variations of the coastal theme which you can choose from, depending on your personal tastes. Here are a few of the ways to achieve a classic coastal look.

Vintage Beach Holiday

Evoke a sense of the traditional British seaside holidays of the 50s and 60s with this style of coastal theme. Think stripes – deckchairs, beach huts and vintage bathing costumes. Striped wallpaper all over can be quite overwhelming, so it’s a good idea to add stripes subtly with smaller accessories.

Try striped cushion covers or lamp shades in blue or red and white. This will incorporate stripes into the room without looking too garish. Final finishing touches can complete the look, such as framed vintage seaside postcards or stylish bunting over a doorway.

Relaxed Driftwood Chic

This style is a more modern take on the coastal theme. Light, bright colours and natural materials combine to make a contemporary style perfect for any home by the sea or in the city. For your furniture, try using pale woods with distinct woodgrain patterns. This driftwood style brings a Scandinavian touch to the room, making it feel completely relaxed.

Wicker is another good material to use for your furniture. Wicker furniture makes you feel like you’re outside already and painted white it gives off a really beachy feel.

Captain’s Cabin

Feel like you’re strolling around the top deck of an old ship with this traditional nautical style. The aim is to achieve a classic, almost regal style that would be worthy of a captain’s cabin. Think traditional materials like dark woods and metals. Bronze is a good choice for this style, as it adds warmth to the room. Bronze light switches are a good choice as they add a subtle touch of the metal without overpowering the room.

Subtle Seaside

If you want the coastal look with a more subtle feel, then this is the look for you. You can incorporate small, subtle details into the room which have a coastal theme. For example, incorporating rope designs into the room, whether that’s in prints or accessories like curtain tie backs. Our Georgian collection of switch plates have a subtle rope edge design, perfect to add a small nautical nod to the room without it taking over your interior design.

If you want more information about our light switches and which ones would look good in a coastal style home, get in touch with us today on 01483 713400 or


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