Hello all, Jennifer here with you this week, fresh off a beach vacation. Every time I leave the beach, I get a little homesick for the ocean-colored hues, the grainy tans of sea oats and sand, and the teak and mahogany wood trim everywhere. So this time, I decided that there is no reason I can’t surround myself with those things every day to channel the tranquility of the beach. Do you love the idea of a coastal cottage décor, but without the whimsical beach kitsch of flip flops and mermaids? Me too. Here are a few simple interior design solutions to help you incorporate classy seaside chic.
Weathered Wood Look
To me, the tour de force of coastal character is weathered and reclaimed wood. It tastefully reflects true cottage charm. One of the most elegant and DIY-friendly ways to do this without the hassle of finding and hammering real wood is to use Inteplast Building Products new Accent Planks on a wall or two. Whether you like yacht-like wood colors like Sierra Brown or the breezy, crispness of Whitewashed Pine, you can effortlessly channel the sea know matter where you live. The best part about these planks is that they are so easy to install and uninstall because they only use removable Command picture hanging strips. You can create different looks like shiplap or a herringbone pattern. You can even use them as headboard!
Simple things like switching out lighting fixtures can also help you achieve a coastal look. Nautical lighting is inspired from boathouses and ship lighting and comes in a variety of materials like iron, rope, copper, brass, and worn patina. Whether you want to change up a chandelier, incorporate some wall sconces, or add a couple of end-table lamps, you can find many of these options at your local Lowe’s.
Adding a seagrass rug to your living room or dining room evokes that feeling of sea oats blowing in the wind, or a walk on the sandy beach at sunset. Using seagrass rugs with a neutral pallet of whites and tans automatically puts you seaside curled up with a good book! In an array of patterns and colored-borders, Home Depot carries seagrass or sisal rugs that’ll get you the cottage look you’re after.
White Slipcovers and Colorful Pillows
Speaking of a neutral pallet, you just can’t have a coastal décor without white somewhere in the design scheme. Better yet, put it in every room and on every wall! In the living room or a family den, white slipcovers are the way to go—and they’re washable, which makes them even better for high-traffic hangout rooms. Just add a bunch of pillows in beach colors like blue, coral, lime, or turquoise for a pop of color to break up the neutrals.
For other cottage-inspired looks using Accent Planks, check out these creative ideas from Inteplast. Until next time, thanks for reading.