Coastal cottage interior design is all about carefree comfort and easy living. By choosing the right elements for your coastal cottage home, you will enjoy the feeling of being on a never-ending vacation, where days are filled with cookouts, long walks on the beach and sand in your shoes.
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Walls and Paint
Bead board is a natural for coastal cottage decorating. Clapboard also works well with this look. The colour white adds an instantly open and airy feel to your coastal cottage decor. Covering the walls in white paint has the advantage of giving you a huge blank palette to display decorative accessories and artwork. Bring in splashes of colour in bright or pastel hues for accent walls or furniture pieces. Colours that work well in coastal cottage design include: peach, coral, teal, turquoise, aqua, yellow and, of course, blue. Choose paint for your walls in easy-to-clean formulations, such as semigloss and satin.
Choose easy-care surfaces for the flooring in your coastal cottage home. This style is all about easy living, comfort and getting away from it all. You don't want to spend your time cleaning up. Select wood, either stained natural or painted, tile or glazed concrete. Throw rugs scattered about add a bit of warmth.
Select casual furniture for your coastal cottage home. Choose upholstered pieces in easy-clean fabrics. Make or buy slip covers for your furniture for a casual, easily maintained look. Wicker and rattan are naturals for this style of decorating. Bring in some Adirondack chairs. Although they are normally used as outdoor furniture, there is no reason not to bring them in. Paint the chairs in funky colours such as lime green, fuchsia or orange to add an unexpected and happy element to the room.
Keep the windows uncovered if you're lucky enough to enjoy a great view. If privacy is a consideration, use natural, slatted, wood blinds, roll-up reed shades or simple roman shades done in cotton canvas or duck cloth. A simple valance in either fabric or wood introduces a pop of colour. Alternatively, nothing says coastal cottage like sheer flowing panels, framing the windows and blowing in the breeze.
Finishing touches for your coastal cottage interior design require simplicity. Add personality to the blank walls by displaying items native to the coast. Oars, shutters, ship's wheels, fish netting and compasses all provide coastal flavour. Display a large model sailing ship on a floating shelf. Haunt antique shops in coastal towns for unusual, old nautical items to display on sofa tables and mantels. Old baskets, left natural, provide a perfect coastal element for storing magazines and newspapers.
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