A gentle wind blowing on your skin, and the rumbling waves hitting on the land, but somehow all that commotion brings you tranquility and peace. We feel that sensation when we are on a beach. If you enjoy it, why not designing your house so that it can evoke the same emotion?
A perfect coastal-style design starts from the outside part of the house. Your guest will see your yard first when they are coming to visit. A careless or unthematic landscape can ruin the whole impression of the house.
It is essential to bear in mind that coastal-style is not only for houses on the seaside but also for the ones in a housing estate. The difference is that if living near shore, you need to carefully select the plants because not all of them can stand salty air and sandy land.
For a sea-side yard, sea-oats and red-hot poker can be the space-filling plants. Sea-oats grows vigorously on dry and windy land, and so does red-hot poker. Their colors mimic the sun, and their pointy shaped-leaves give texture to the overall look of your sea-side yard.
For more lively color, you can add lavender.
Juniper also withstands beach weather. Adding clusters of juniper in your garden can imitate underwater environment, as long as the juniper does not grow tall. Hire lawn maintenance service if you can’t allocate enough time to tend to your sea-side garden. Beach soil degrades plant nutrition fast, and negligence can lead your sea-side beauty to ruin.
Spheres of sea-pink imitate corals in the sea. Two or three of them along the sideways in the garden will make your garden’s view more pleasant. If you have leveled ground, place the sea-pinks together with the yard’s lamp.
Remember to spread beach elements and trinkets in your garden. Seashells, decorative anchors, boat’s wheels, and sea character figurines are the examples.
Coastal-style house interior
The subliminal principal is the best when it comes to designing. Do not let your furniture, paintings, or other decoratives in the house shout to your guest that you love sea a lot. A big and vulgar fish statue in the living room is a bad idea because it can distract and even distort the mood in the house. Remember that it is the ‘sensation’ and ’emotion’ you want your house to invoke.
For the furniture, pick wood-made tables and chairs. Imagine a surf-hut, and see how dominant wood element in the decoration is. Wicker furniture will strengthen the sea aura in the house.
Subtle blue and white is the ruling color when you want to buy curtains, bed-sheet, blankets, or other decorative fabrics. Spread the color evenly throughout your house.
If you want to put decorative art, get authentic with your selection. A hanged fake statue of fish, a big portrait of Hawaii, or even a decorative surfing-board will not leave a meaningful memory to your guest. Pick art that has personal meaning to you and put it on display. A jar of sand of the beach you visited last holiday will work.
When it comes to coastal-style design, you may get tempted to exaggerate how big your love is to the sea. But good decoration relies more on the mood it tries to evoke, than just cheap boasting.