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Coastal Chic: Our Favourite Interior Design Resources Revealed

Posted by Ruth Griffiths on

Cherished seaside mementos remind us of that special time spent at the coast. Go one step further and use that inspiration to give your home a subtle seaside look. We’re sharing with you some of our favourite coastal interior decor resources and some real nautical design inspiration! From seascape wallpaper, iconic stripy furnishings and the all important accessories. Read on to find out more.

Inspired wallcoverings

This Whitby wallpaper, shown here in Washed Denim, is a particular favourite and although a bold design, it can be toned down with plain linens and simple accessories. Buy online from Mini Moderns, along with other coordinating accessories.

whitby nautical wallpaper with sea boats coastwhitby wallpaper washed denim from mini moderns

Abigail Edwards’ intricate hand drawn Seacape wallpaper design will add interest without overpowering. 

nautical wallpaper by abigail edwards details of nautical wallpaper in winter

Painted wall panelling is a popular choice in coastal interiors. Use panel effect wallpaper like this one by Andrew Martin to give the illusion of texture to a feature wall.
rustic wood panel wallpaper by andrew martin


 Coastal furnishings

Home interiors are brought to life by soft furnishings! A well-dressed window in particular, can complete a room. Check out this ‘Coast’ fabric collection by Ian Mankin, sheer linens for layered curtains and bold nautical stripes, along with coordinating textured fabrics. 

coast fabric collection by Ian Mankin

We love Peony and Sage’s Coastal printed linens, available in numerous colour ways. This fabric would make beautiful Roman blinds or accent cushions

peony and sage - Seagulls curtain and blind fabric seagulls fabric by Peony and Sage for nautical curtains

If time is of the essence, these sheer linen-look readymade curtains will be the perfect finishing touch, giving privacy and diffusing sunlight. These rustic style curtains work well with exposed wood and painted furniture, helping to create a subtle coastal feel. Available to buy online from La Redoute.

coastal curtains in rustic linen from La Redoute linen effect tie top curtains for seaside interiors

Coastal curtains look great hung from understated wooden curtain poles and compliment that natural look and feel. For a simple wooden curtain pole see what Linear Curtain Poles has to offer, our wood grain curtain poles have almost a driftwood look and blend well with linens.

nautical interior design

Finishing Touches

A house is not a home without your personal artefacts. We all fall in love with the clutter free and styled interiors we see in home design magazines, that’s not the reality though. The key is to keep some sort of order to the chaos, keep the clutter contained and choose a few special items to have on show which work with the look you are trying to achieve. Display cabinets, storage furniture and decorative storage boxes are a good way of having the things you love accessible, but not always on display.

fired earth tilesAtlantic blanket co wool throws

Artwork and a few well-chosen personal photo prints are the icing on the cake for enriching your living space and reinforcing the theme or style you are looking to achieve. Find original and affordable art on Etsy or delve through your digital photo archive and have your images printed as wall art by Photobox.com or similar.

If like us you enjoy heading to the West Country, what’s better than a proper cream tea? Sip your tea from a stripy Cornishware mug and indulge in freshly baked scones, strawberry jam and a big dollop of clotted cream. Be a part of the Cornishware revival by owning your own iconic stripy kitchenware! 

Nautical design is not just for bathrooms, less is definitely more when styling living areas with a coastal feel. Try restricting the theme to 2 or 3 interior elements.

cornishware stripy mugs