Each year ‘coastal style’ collections arrive with the jaunty promise of the joys of living by the sea. And this year it is going to be harder than usual to resist the urge to create your very own ‘beach house’ at home. Coastal Style 2021 offers an unpredictable global weave of inspiration from the palaces of India and Spain to West Africa and our own coastal shores.
Smart hippy chic
The 2021 coastal colour palette follows the heat of the day. Starting bright and early with cool morning blues, strolling leisurely through to hot midday turquoise and ending at dusk with velvety indigo blues. Woven amongst these waves of colour is a thread of 1970s-inspired rattan and bamboo offering a smart hippy chic vibe to this year’s interiors take on Coastal Style.
Waves of colour
The blog begins its decorating tour with Mimi Pickard’s beach house style and ends with Pink House by Rebecca’s Nigerian resist patterns:
This appealing bathroom is by interior designer Susie Atkinson with wallpaper by Sister Parish at Tissus D’Helene, basin by The Water Monopoly and a bobbin mirror from Susie Atkinson.
The shell chic trend that I mentioned last year in my post Hebridean Island Style is growing in popularity with textile designers and for home accessories.
This shell edged lime-washed rattan place mat with palm fork and spoon would make a stunning summery tablescape, available online from Frangipani Home.
No trip to the beach is complete without building a sandcastle. This incredible ‘sand croc art’ was created by an assistant set decorator at the end of the day on a Laura Ashley photographic shoot a few years ago. I still marvel at it and at how quickly he created it!
Coastal inspired shopping is the theme in the June 2021 issue (out now) of Saga magazine’s Shop Till You Drop pages. Whilst putting these pages together, I discovered lots of irresistible coastal inspired items to wear, for the home and garden as well as for gift ideas.
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Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have enjoyed it. If you need help with creating your own beach house style or for any other project, please get in touch with me via my affordable interior design service Styling Box.
With many thanks,
8 thoughts on “Coastal Style 2021”
Great read as always Charis, thank you. Dreaming of the seaside now…. xxx
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Thank you so much Ruth, I am just a little obsessed by the idea too! 🌊🐚💙xx
Very calming but also inspiring Charis.
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Thank you so much Rachel.
Love the coastal look !
The photo of the sea taken by your colleague Sheena is truest amazing,the colours are beautiful.haven’t seen the sea for over a year but feel a trip coming on …..
Thank you so much for your message. I am so pleased that you love the coastal look too and I completely agree about Sheena’s photo, it is so beautiful and evocative. It has been particularly difficult for many of us who haven’t been to the sea for such a long time. However, I am keeping my fingers crossed for you and for so many others who might get some sea air this summer.