Coastal Inspired

May 28, 2015

As the weather warms up and it feels like summer has hit, I instantly get coastal fever. I long to spend weekends at a lakeside cottage and redecorate my house in a cool and laid back nautical theme. Since neither of those desires are presently realistic, I resort to day dreaming by browsing through stunning photos of cottage interiors, hanging on to any small slice of inspiration that I can incorporate in to my existing decor.

Adding coastal cottage elements to your home can be easily achieved. The weathered looking paddles in the photo above add a laid back cottage feel to the room without changing any of the existing decor. Wide planks, either on the walls, floor, or ceiling is another key indicator of the cottage look. You may not be able to add this to your existing home but if you're starting a new build or thinking of renovating, this style is worth considering if the coastal look and feel is what you're aiming for.

Rustic and vintage decor almost always translates to a cottage beachy feel, especially when put together in colours of cream, whites and light grey. Take the photo above for example; the bare windows let's ample natural light poor into the room and allows for a beautiful view of nature; the vintage bed and mirrors above the bed add a laid back rustic feel, texture (and storage) is added through baskets and flowy bedskirt. 

Seeing the theme yet? Horizontal plank walls are a shore (pardon the pun) way to achieving the cottage theme. Another easy theme to follow is simple, clean decor in neutral colours with natural and rustic elements incorporated. Keep your eye out for vintage rustic items and over time add these to your decor. A few nautical accents, like the hooks in the photo above, will really help push the cottage and beachy theme home. 


This lovely airy bathroom achieves the cottage look through barn inspired light fixtures, round window and bright blue cabinets. Rustic, vintage light fixtures can be easily added to your existing decor, don't be reluctant to mix and match - embrace it! After all, life at the cottage should be comfortable and relaxed. Painting your cabinets in a calm and relaxing blue colour is a fairly easy DIY which you can accomplish in a weekend (depending on the number of cabinets you have).

Easily bring the outdoors in through natural woods, plants, seashells and stones, which can all be found in your backyard, neighbourhood or nearby beaches. Working with these few coastal themes will give your home a lakeside feel in no time, even if it is in the middle of the city.

Happy Spring Decorating!

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