The nautical look is more than a trend – it remains a popular interior staple thanks to the way it evokes happy holiday memories and reminds us of the sea.
Coastal style once meant seaside stripes, pops of red and nautical motifs. But for 2018, coastal-inspired interiors have been given a fresh new look (with not an anchor or seagull in sight!) Influenced by Scandinavian style, the new coastal look is understated and sophisticated. It offers a sense of escapism from every day life, distinguished by its relaxed and refined look.
Find out how to add a touch of seaside chic to your home this season and transform your home into a beautiful retreat with our stunning, coastal-inspired picks.
A Pared-Back Palette
To create a look that’s effortlessly versatile and timeless, start with a simple colour palette. Neutral shades of greys and creams offer a great base to build a room around and work perfectly with the calming vibe of the coastal look.
Try layering different shades and textures on walls and flooring to add interest and create focal points. For living rooms, a grey sofa will make a stunning centrepiece.
Nautical but Nice
It can be tempting to fill your home with classic nautical motifs, but going overboard will only create a cliche look. Instead, try to evoke the feeling of being beside the sea. A couple of seaside themed accessories is enough for a subtle nod to this trend.
Look for art that features seaside scenes, wooden accessories and lighting with a nautical vibe. Wicker and rattan also make perfect additions to a modern coastal home.
Keep it Natural
While white-washed furniture was once a staple of nautical design, natural distressed woods offer a new authentic look for 2018, inspired by beachy driftwood. Create a coastal retreat by surrounding yourself with the warmth of natural woods and sun-worn timbers.
Our Hancock dining range evokes a rustic weather-beaten feel thanks to its natural grain detail and authentic aged effect.
Into the Blue
To anchor the look, take inspiration from the ocean and introduce some classic blue tones. A blue sofa or accent chair will add a welcome pop of colour that works well with the nautical theme.
For an up-to-date look, mix different shades throughout the space, from deep navy and indigo to calming pale hues.
Finally, complete the look with some cosy finishing touches. This trend works all year round, so layer up soft furnishings to create a suitably snug environment where you can curl up on an evening.
Look for big cushions, chunky knits and woven rugs in neutral tones. Simple shapes and tactile textures are the perfect choice for a coastal appeal.
For more interior inspiration, check our our trends for summer 2018.