Whether it is for your indoor areas or your outdoor settings, the ‘beachy' chic look is not only a strong and continuing trend; it is also ideal for our Australian way of living. At its heart, our coastal look embraces, celebrates and evokes the surrounding natural environment of our coast and beaches. 

But how exactly do you define and fashion your own unique interpretation of an Australian beach style home? Following is a breakdown on the various interpretations of ‘coastal style’ and a few easy-to-follow tips that will help you to create your own distinctive take on this classic, yet casual ‘beachy’ look.


The most obvious starting point to create a beach-like vibe for your home is to stick with a colour palette that is inherent to the coastal style. Interestingly, the influential Pantone colour of the year for 2020 is Classic Blue, a colour that is ideally suited to the coastal look. By adding blues with natural shades of white, beige and cream, you’re already halfway to creating that cruisy coastal vibe. 


It’s helpful to know that there is no one coastal look. A Hampton’s look is possibly the most well-known and streamlined interpretation of this trend. Simply picture the colours of navy blue and white, combined with classic nautical designs and you have the hugely popular Hamptons look.

A Miami interpretation of a coastal look, on the other hand, invokes images of a more colourful interpretation of seaside living. Miami is home to some of the most beautiful Art Deco coastal buildings to be found anywhere in the world, so if you can imagine the clean sharp lines of Art Deco, along with the use of additional colours - particularly pastels and prints.

These additional colours that you add to your palette can include anything from hot pink to sage green. Miami-style coastal can also be more opulent in its aesthetic and finishes; you only have to recall Versace’s famous style to picture this lush, yet still quintessential coastal look.

Alternatively, a Mediterranean look also has its own distinctive take on the coastal-style of decorating. The colour of terracotta is the most obvious characteristic that is the epitome of the Mediterranean look. With this classic European style, the emphasis is always on a warmer and earthier combination of colours, plus the use of materials such as wrought iron.


The one consideration that works across all interpretations of coastal looks - is choosing furniture and decor that is comprised of natural materials. Rattan, cane, bamboo, jute, wool and wood are typical materials that work comfortably across all coastal style spaces. 

The coastal-style decor also includes those pieces that provide a more tactile and casual feel to them. Gorgeous natural linens, distressed wood, lush, open-weave floor rugs, as well as hardy outdoor furniture that can withstand the elements are all great additions for any coastal-style home.


As with any style of space you wish to create, it will depend on how you put the elements together. A beach shack by nature is going to be simple and not overdone. 

De-cluttering is a great, easy strategy to achieve a seaside feeling - as this style of home works best when there is lots of space to create flow for both foot traffic and fresh air. Simplified design elements add to creating the effect of a casual, beach-inspired home.


Just because you’re aiming for a ‘beach chic’ abode, doesn’t mean you need to choose second-rate furniture and decor pieces. As the demand for coastal-style furniture and decor pieces is growing – so is the choice and quality available. 

There are now great new designer ranges beautifully crafted and comprised of long-lasting, quality materials. In other words, a casual, coastal style of decorating does not mean you need to sacrifice quality.


By Tracey Hordern Posted on 12 December 2019 | Source - 


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