It’s easy to see why Australia’s coastline is one of the most popular interior design trends.
The modern coastal design reflects the natural beauty and openness of the coast with soft colours, organic textures and plenty of open spaces. It also features comforting, ocean-inspired vignettes. You can add a few nautical touches to create a bright, breezy retreat that blends the elegance of Hamptons with the peace and tranquillity of the ocean.
Here are five tips to help you recreate the modern Australian coastal look in your home like many homeowners.
RULE 1. STICK TO A SIMPLE COLORING PALETTE
A modern coastal home should feel calming, natural, and ambient. This is why it is important to stick to a limited colour palette. White is the classic colour for modern coastal style. It spreads natural light well and blends beautifully with other ocean-inspired colours. While creams and beiges make great accents, muted blues and muddy greens complement them.
Simple colours such as white, beige and grey create a calm coastal look.
The modern coastal style aims to create a relaxed atmosphere. For exterior accents, use subtle whites, greys, or beiges.
RULE 2. RULE 2.
A coastal home’s exterior design is as important as its interior. Modern coastal style is all about mimicking the coastline. Horizontal lines are the best choice. Horizontal weatherboard is a favourite feature in contemporary coastal homes. The horizontal lines capture the shape of the coastline, and the timber adds a desirable textural element.
A cement composite option such as Linea(TM), Stria(TM), or Stria(TM) is an alternative to your weatherboard. While the horizontal boards are similar to traditional timber cladding, they have an advanced cement composite that makes them more resistant to heat, water damage, and salt erosion. Linea weatherboards and Stria cladding products are pre-primed, so they can be painted in any colour you choose.
RULE 3. EMBRACE INDOOR-OUTDOOR LIVING
Modern coastal homes blur the lines between indoors/outdoors by making use of as much natural light as possible and allowing for outdoor living space. You can create a bright, airy retreat by adding skylights, bifold doors, full windows and even an outdoor space. An outdoor room can be a great addition to your new home. It will allow you to flood your home with natural light and inspire a greater connection with the outdoors.
Modern coastal houses embrace indoor-outdoor living and have bi-fold doors that allow seamless transitions.
Linea weatherboard and Stria cladding will continue the horizontal trend in your outdoor space. Horizontal cladding in outdoor rooms is vital as it creates a continuous flow between the indoors and outdoors.
RULE 4. TEXTURES, TEXTURES, TEXTURES!
The more texture you can include in your modern coastal home, from flooring materials to decor and artwork, the better. To capture those cool coastal vibes, embrace rustic hardwood flooring, bleached wood furniture, jute floor rug, shell ornaments and cane furnishings, as well as driftwood accessories. Not only do they remind us of beaches, shells, and other comforts, but they also add interest to the home and invoke nature’s elements.
Blend natural textures to create a modern coastal look.
You can add more interest to your interior by adding wall panelling or interior cladding like Stria and Axon(TM).
RULE 5 RULE 5.
A modern coastal home would not be complete without nautical references to the Hamptons. Modern coastal decor requires restraint. Mix a few coastal items like coral, recycled glass vases and lanterns with Hamptons-style elegance such as jute baskets, Ming vases, and plush cushions. A rustic beaded chandelier is the perfect finishing touch.