- WHEN THE BEACH IS A STATE OF MINDCoastal decor is one of my all time favorites.I live on the West Coast, but any coast would do.Its a casual, easy living, non-fussy way of decorating.A nod to the seashore in a 'not in your face' sort of way...not contrived ...a lifestyle not a trend.
Easy going can still be elegant and rich with texturepattern and colorRecently we traveled from San Francisco, down the famous Highway 1 through Big Sur.We stopped first in Half Moon Bay, one of my old hauntsand found a wonderful restaurant, Italia,
with the best pizza I have ever had...
and a charming shop that had just the right touch of coastal vibe
QUESTION FROM A READER
I definitely love this look, since I live across the street from a SC marsh and spend a lot of time with the beach style of living (flip flops, shorts and t-shirts, crabbing, fishing, etc....lots of sand between my toes! I want to use this look through out my home but in a subtle way. I have an incredible portrait of my older son standing in the marsh with mud on one cheek and denim overall shorts on in my living room, along with linen curtains and a sea grass rug. My chairs are striped, but in a marsh- green gray fabric from Robert Allen....what do I put with it as far as couch color, accessories? ANYTHING you can tell me would be awesome!!!! Any hints of paint colors since it goes straight into the kitchen where I have a sea glass colored glass subway tile (1x2") backsplash, white cabinets (that can be painted) and white appliances (which will eventually go to stainless) Thanks ahead of time.
My husband's family is from South Carolina - and I have long wanted to visit - I hear it is beautiful - you are so lucky to live so close to the water. East Coast is a different feel from West Coast, but the same principals apply. I love what you have described - the photograph and the furniture. For furniture, in addition to your striped chairs, I would definitely do a fitted slip-covered sofa - something easy and kid/pet friendly in white or off white. Pottery barn always has good examples of a fitted slipcover sofa. It allows ease of living with a casual beachy look, and the option to wash or clean the slipcovers whenever it is needed.
I think white kitchen cabinets are wonderful - I'm a huge fan of white kitchens, and they are especially nice on the coast with a little beadboard detail thrown and warm but not-too-dark woods.
Soft grays or soft gray greens are particularly pleasing to the eye.
In paint colors I prefer a just a fresh hint of color with clean white moldings and trim. I like to keep the coastal 'light' feeling - your sea grass rug is a perfect example. Here are a few I love:Benjamin Moore: Edgecomb Gray
Benjamin Moore: TitaniumBenjamin Moore: Gray OwlBenjamin Moore: Halo
Dunn Edwards/California Paints: Whisper GrayI do like to see some reference to the ocean in shell, coral and sea fan displays and some driftwood - but not to excess and not so that it looks contrived. If you treat the coral like sculpture and frame the sea fans like art you will take away from that contrived feel.
Hi Claudine! My home is Shabby Chic/Beachy with Darker wood Antiques. I love White and Cream, toned down Aqua Blue(a bit less green), and Taupe. The trim is White through out the house. The exception is the Kitchen Cabinets. They are a creamy white from Farrow and Ball that I painted a few years ago. I am going to do two Parsons chairs with white slipcovers at the heads of the table. The side chairs I'm going to paint the aqua I love. The table base is painted Annie Sloan "Old white", The top is an original black stain. It was a former long Library Table. I'm not "married" to the top .
The question is would BM Linen or SW Urban Putty look good on the kitchen walls. Or perhaps another color. I am getting lost in all the solid white Beachy Shabby Chic looks that I see in Magazines. Does Shabby Chic only have to be white? I would love to know what you'd recommend in a paint color. Thank you!!!
Sherwin Williams URBAN PUTTY
Benjamin Moore LINEN
The BM Linen and SW Urban Putty are very similar neutrals. The LINEN is a little warmer than the putty, with undertones of peach. They are both great colors, and will look great with whites and muted tones.The best thing to remember is that your look should be non-fussy, time worn, easy, casual with a little elegance in unexpected places, and reflect the colors you see at the beach or waterfront. Aqua, teal, heather, sand, greens and blues, grays, grayish browns, dark browns and keep them all beautifully muted. Think of shadows on the water, sea lavender, warm sand, wet sand, driftwood, gray wisps of clouds, sea glass.... add fresh white....warm woods and wicker, easy care fabrics. If you like a little color on your kitchen walls try Benjamin Moore- Gray Horse, Sea Salt or Seashell.