Classic coastal style

Many people dream of having a classic, coastal style home; mirroring those seen in New England, America. However you may think that just because you don’t like in the US, you can’t do this. It’s not true! Even if you live in Britain, this is a real possibility; you’ve just got to know where to start.

First, think about colourings. Neutral but warm ivories, sands, light pastels and dark, rich blues are all going to work well with this theme. It’s all about being light and airy, but with a touch of rich, understated luxury. Your walls should definitely follow these colourings; as should the carpets. You’ll then style the accessories around this.

Secondly, think about furniture. Worn wood with an antique feel will fit right in. You want old meets new; shabby meets chic. It’s all about getting it rustic enough to create a warm atmosphere, but not so much that you feel like you’re living in a pothole! Mix antiques with modern (but simple) pieces. One thing to remember is wood…wood, wood wood. No metals here please!

Accessories are the final step. This is where you really start building the New England feel and even if you’re on a budget, it’s the best way in which to compete your theme. If you are indeed watching the pennies, here’s a neat trick – why not head to your nearest beach and look for some really gorgeous pieces of driftwood? Sure, it’s dirty but you can clean it off. Once you do, it’ll look really authentic and beautiful next to your soft-coloured walls. For that real coastal look, you really can’t beat it.

If you’ve got a bit more cash to splash, then why not consider some more luxuriant additions to the room? Things like wooden Venetian blinds, luxury chairs and sumptuous linens can really add to the classic theme.

Lighting is that last thing you should invest in. Use warm, cream bulbs in your burnt gold or copper fixtures and you’ve really got a winning combination.

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