Going for that coastal vibe? Toss your anchor decor and mason jars filled with shells my friends. Achieving success with any style is all about embracing subtlety and considering the bigger picture, especially when it comes to coastal, which can easily be overdone. Just ask designer, Marie Flanigan, who crafted this perfectly balanced beach-y abode—from shiplap detailing to texture in all the right places, she's giving us a few pointers on how to achieve this look! See the full tour captured by Julie Soefer in the full gallery.
Start with Shiplap
Shiplap is an architectural staple in coastal design and, because there’s no steadfast rules regarding panel sizing or placement, it’s an element everyone should have fun personalizing! In an effort to enhance daily living and entertaining, we made quite a few structural changes to the layout of this vacation home. Once we had a fresh, clean slate we opted to coat the primary living spaces in shiplap to achieve a sense of cohesion throughout.
We’re not saying you have to steer clear of all nautical décor, but be sure to layer in your coastal accents with thought and purpose. In lieu of nonstop anchors and boats, embrace a seaside color palette filled with greys, greens, and blues, and then accent those with richly-textured, nature-inspired elements like driftwood, rough-hewn beams, and woven rope.
Invite the Outdoors In
When it comes to coastal living, it’s all about that view, which means your windows will be taking center stage! Do away with heavy shutters and shades, opting instead for breezy sheers or lightweight natural roman shades that elegantly frame up your beautiful surroundings!
Dose Up on Durability
Sandy toes, sunscreen, and wet bathing suits are a common coastal sight, so be sure you’re pulling in soft goods capable of standing up to heavy wear and tear! Indoor/outdoor rugs are perfect for softening up the floors and almost every vendor offers a high-performance collection of fabrics, so you can enjoy worry-free fun in the sun!