Pared back nautical décor lends any space instant character, and the cool colours and worn natural textures of a beach style bedroom ensure a peaceful start to every day. The key is to spark hazy memories of dramatic shorelines and rustic fishing villages without going overboard on tacky seafaring paraphernalia – here’s five ways to explore seaside bedroom ideas without going adrift.
Airy and Fresh
Start by choosing pale hues, from blue green to grey, that replicate the sea’s moods. You might lift the subtle palette of a blue and white bedroom with a slick of seafoam green paint, or choose cloudy greys over blue bedroom decorating entirely. A few pieces of coastal bedroom furniture or thick wooden blinds might be enough to evoke life at sea – a beach style bedroom needn’t rely on clichéd accessories to create atmosphere.
Add whiter-than-white wooden shutters, crumpled linen sheets or a painted wood accent wall to ensure a New England-style room remains modern. Think high shine paint planks and whitewash wood panelling alongside stormy greys and dreamy blues, or a sparkling white bedroom feature wall framing heavy, coastal style furniture. Weathered faux wood beams in subtle, creamy hues are perfect for adding stripes, checks and spots- everything you need for a subtle beach hint.
A polished vintage feel can be achieved with bolder colours, from blue to red. Think posters peddling donkey rides, Punch & Judy shows and salty fish and chips, capturing the halcyon years of the humble British seaside. A bold colour palette should please teenagers, too – navy blue wall paint could make the perfect backdrop for a decorative surfboard, or better still, store unused equipment on the wall to create gnarly surfboard wall art.
Driftwood and Found Objects
Subtle accessories can easily create a barefoot holiday feel. You might pair a rattan headboard with a driftwood side table, or display whitewash photo frames and a bamboo lamp on an old wooden chest bursting with treasures. Thrift shops can attract dated nautical décor, so steer clear of obvious anchor accessories and ship wheel décor while rummaging. Decorative nautical rope, glass fishing floats and vintage signs provide knowing nods to island life without falling into cliché, so put down the seashell décor and seek out an old boat shelf, ready to be filled with whitewash photo frames, or look for a brass porthole mirror to prop against a bamboo table. Knowing what not to pick up is half the battle.
There are a myriad of ways to use nautical colourways in a contemporary style that won’t date. Ditch customary beach themed bedding and instead drape an azure throw over a grand upholstered bed. Employ dramatic lighting or sliding wardrobe designs for an impressive modern edge. Picture a contemporary blue bedroom – start with a crisp white bed, surrounded by plenty of open space and made homely with artfully placed extras glinting in the light – be they family heirlooms or just-bought works of modern art, clean lines and natural colours ensure they’re given space to shine.
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