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Coastal style... a home vacation

Why bother going on holidays when you live in a home decorated in coastal style. This casual and comfortable style of decorating allows you to sit back, kick off your shoes and relax... in your own home! Modern coastal style allows you to decorate with earthy colours, or add pops of colour if you prefer a more traditional coastal style.

Rattan, cane and wicker are the perfect materials for adding texture to coastal style. Combine these with natural fabrics such as cotton and linen, and introduce reclaimed wood and driftwood accessories. You can add splashes of red, white and blue to coastal decor with colourful accessories, or keep it simple with a few pieces of driftwood and shell.

Secondhand bargains or reclaimed pieces add interest to any home decorated in coastal style. And don't be afraid to show these pieces in their original condition. Chalk paint is an easy way to update any piece of furniture and you can make your own chalk paint using tinted paint and Polyfilla crack filler. Let the paint dry and then rough up the edges with a sanding sponge. Apply a coat of Woodoc antique wax over the finish for protection.

Decorating in coastal style doesn't mean you can't add your own personal touches here and there. Dress up a dining room with a chandelier embellished with small seashells.

Add textured materials to any room in a home with cane, rattan and wicker. These durable materials are beautiful to look at and will last a lifetime with occasional care and regular cleaning.

Comfortable and easy to care for, natural fabric such as cotton or linen can easily be cleaned, or have upholstered furniture treated with stain protection.

Coastal style decor is all about comfort, so pile on the cushions, layer floors with rugs in organic materials and dress up walls with interesting artwork.

Weathered wood, reclaimed timber and bargain buys allow you to layer a room with coastal style. Make use of reclaimed wood pallets for really affordable home decor such as tables, picture frames and wall art.

Introduce colour to a bland kitchen with a colourful Roman blind or pop down a colourful patterned rug. If the rugs that you find aren't big enough - sew two or more together to create a larger floor rug.





While many tend to overdo the coastal theme, keep it simple with a few select accessories and furniture painted to match.

Dress up a plain mirror frame with shells and seaglass found on the beach. A piece of driftwood or reclaimed wood are perfect for making a shelf for the bathtub.

Turn a plain pendant light fitting into a designer feature using pieces of driftwood and thin wire.