Traditional coastal style has taken a metaphorical beating in recent years, but gone are the notions of kitschy beach décor and weathered furnishings. The new nautical style is laid-back, low-key, and supremely grown-up.
Popular in homes the length and breadth of the country, a modern coastal-inspired scheme is an effortless way to bring a relaxing edge to traditional living rooms.
From embracing a calm cream color palette to the use of natural materials, a nautically nuanced look instantly injects personality into such a functional space.
So, whether you are honoring the geographical location of your home, or simply want to bring a bit of seaside serenity to your landlocked abode, take inspiration from Reese Witherspoon's coastal living room.
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Using wood in the home is nothing new – it has been a popular choice for years because of its timeless appeal, not to mention the fact wood is a durable material that gets better with age. But if you think that using an abundance of wood in your home will feel too traditional in a modern living room, think again.
New York-based designer Amalia Graziani of Noor Property Group loves decorating with wood. 'Timber is an honest material, and the raw finish lends natural charm to any calming coastal retreat.'
Reese Witherspoon's living room was designed to offer warmth in the winter and freshness and tranquillity in the summer. The aim was to create a room that was calm and considered yet restrained and not overly decorated – less is so often more when it comes to beach house style.
Here, the combination of warm timber with an off-white color palette balances the feeling of solidity and depth, whilst still making the most of any natural light. Plus, the horizontal cladding in the alcove gives the living room a New England-style charm despite the California postcode.
Whether it evokes classic Cape Cod house style, a sophisticated beachside vibe, or a more boho look, coastal décor can make interiors feel fresh, open, and connected to nature and it’s a great look for any room as well as for outdoor spaces like decks and patios.
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