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Coastal-Inspired Interior Design for Your Island Home

Coastal-Inspired Interior Design for Your Island Home

June 8, 2020

Categories: Real Estate

Coastal-Inspired Interior Design to Elevate Your Beach Property

Whether your beach property is in need of an update, or you are looking to add your personal touch to a new home, incorporating coastal-inspired interior design is the best way to bring the outdoors in. 

To utilize coastal design trends, use colors and materials that reflect the beauty surrounding your oceanfront home. Pay attention to the naturally occurring color palette and textures found right outside your window. These views will be your inspiration, and likely present various shades of beige, white, grey, blue, and green. Focus on using these colors for cabinets, wall and furniture colors, seating fabrics, window treatments, countertops, and styling decor. Also add natural textures, like rattan or grasscloth that resemble the tall grasses and vegetation you would find along the shore. Together, these design elements perfectly blend the outside in for an elegant beach property.

Kitchen Interior Design

Any interior design expert can tell you why the kitchen is the most important space in your home. Not only is it where you and your family spend the most time together, it’s also the showstopper of your entire home, and where guests tend to gather when you are entertaining. Incorporating coastal-inspired interior design elements in your kitchen will set the tone for the rest of your home.

For kitchen cabinets, counter stools, or dining furniture use lighter color wood stains to mimic the look of driftwood that would be found on a beach. If you would like a neutral and classic look, choose a light beige for kitchen cabinets and add a sea glass backsplash in a subtle blue. 

Select lighting options that also reflect the natural elements you would find on the beach, like shells and stone. If you prefer a glamorous and modern style, you may be drawn to a chandelier made of capiz shell or selenite crystal as a centerpiece. Alternatively, if your style is more natural and organic, you can add an elegant coral chandelier or a custom beaded fixture above your dining table as another way to incorporate outdoor elements inside. 

Living Areas Interior Design

Depending on the layout of your home, you may have several living areas used for different purposes. Casual rooms that are meant for relaxing will be styled differently than formal rooms used for special occasions and hosting events. Keep this in mind when building a new home, renovating an existing beach property, or curating decor pieces. 

Casual rooms should be inviting, and evoke feelings of comfort and coziness. As you know, there is nowhere more relaxing than a white sandy beach, therefore, try to emulate its beauty into your living areas. Adding light-colored wood panels or raw beams to the ceiling is an understated and sophisticated way of introducing earthy elements to the entire space. Also be sure to include plenty of comfortable seating in the form of light-colored sectionals and plush chairs to make you feel as if you are sitting on soft sand. 

You can also choose a large rug to pull the entire room together and add to the overall coastal feel. Popular rug styles for coastal-inspired interior design include woven rugs for interesting texture, or nautical stripes and eye-catching patterns in soft blues and greens to match the colors of the water. 

However, a formal area, such as a dining room, would look best with white furnishings that still feel beach-inspired but are timeless. Next, add a tall china cabinet in whichever coastal color you are fond of. Better yet, have a custom cabinet built in to make the room feel more refined. 

Bedroom Interior Design

Most importantly, every bedroom in your home should feel relaxing in order to provide you with a good night’s sleep. Overnight visitors will also appreciate the calming effects of coastal-inspired interior design in the guest bedrooms.

To design beautiful bedrooms, paint the walls a muted shade of green, blue, or light gray. Like the kitchen, use a beautiful light fixture to create ambient lighting and add a romantic element to the room. A cane bed frame fitted with all white bedding will turn your bedroom into a seaside haven that promotes deep rest and relaxation, just as the ocean does. Accent pillows with delicate detail can be used as the finishing touch to perfecting every bedroom in your beach property. 

Interested in building a beach property on Kiawah Island? Learn more about building a custom home with coastal-inspired interior design. 

Bathroom Interior Design

Use coastal-inspired interior design to create a luxurious bathroom that could rival a five-star spa

The bathroom is another great place to install floor to ceiling sea glass tiles for a seamless effect that makes you forget you are indoors. When building or renovating, consider having a large window added to bring in natural light and soak in the ocean views. Include white cabinets for a traditional design that will never go out of style, or add some color with soft blue cabinets that complement the rest of the home. Finally, add further interest by using decorative mirrors that double as decor. 

Outdoor Space Interior Design

Here in Kiawah, the Lowcountry landscape sets the stage for home design. In fact, not much is needed to improve the natural beauty of the Island, so choose outdoor furniture and other design elements that blend in with what’s already there. This way, you enhance the space rather than creating an eclectic design. 

Similar to the wood accents used indoors, go for wood types that look similar to driftwood and other beach materials. Teak furniture is excellent for outdoor pieces that are functional and stylish. Find an outdoor rug that coordinates with the furniture pieces and native vegetation to serve as a flawless extension of the outdoors. Before long, this space will be your family’s favorite place to spend time together. 

Finding a Home with Your Favorite Trends

With a list of your favorite coastal-inspired interior design trends in hand, reach out to our team of Sales Experts to help you find your perfect home. As we learn what trends and other features are important to you, we will set out to find a home that is a perfect fit. Without a doubt, we know your home will be your favorite spot on the Island. 

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