When we think of Beach House, specific words come to mind. Words like open space, seaside inspired colours, airy fabrics and oversized cushions are associated with what we think these homes look like. As with many decorating styles this sprang from practicality. Originating from the Atlantic coast, these homes took advantage of the climate with ample windows and sturdy woods to withstand sandy feet and salty air.
Coastal life is comfortable, relaxed and unfussy, and interiors in this style reflect that mood. Although laid-back, great care is taken to procure a casual chic feel with simple, natural, durable materials. This style exudes a vibrant, organic feel that can be both soothing and active. The beach house design is one of the easiest styles to translate in any home thanks to the many different themes based on personal tastes and location.
Almost everyone loves coastal style decorating because it reminds them of the fun and relaxing times at the beach. It is one of the fastest growing decorating styles and its decor reaches far inland. The coastal beach house is a popular at the lake as it is on the sea shore. This style can be achieved with a few simple adjustments bringing the essence of the beach in your own home
BEACH HOUSE STYLE DEFINED
Beach houses usually exist along the coastal areas and are often raised to suit the shoreline sites. They are adaptable for use as a vacation house near water or even in mountain areas. They typically feature wide porches constructed of wood with the main living area raised one level. Coastal style is as individual as its location: a saltbox in New England, a Mediterranean villa, a tropical cottage in Belize. This makes a singular explanation difficult as each coast comes with their own culture and uniqueness. If an explanation is needed, coastal style is at its best when it sets a mood rather than overwhelming people with its beachiness.
There are different types of coastal styles. Houses decorated in each of these coastal styles do have similarities, such as a love of ocean hues and sun-bleached white, an incorporation of natural materials and fabrics, and a celebration of natural light. A coastal space simply evokes the easy, carefree feel of boating and beach combing. And as an added bonus, you can pull off the look even if you’re hundreds of miles from a shoreline.
Even with these similarities, there are differences as well. The beach houses in Hawaii differs from those in Spain. However, these differences are not significant enough to deter anyone from converting their home into a tropical paradise
TYPES OF BEACH HOUSE STYLES
The most popular style is the American coastal style. Its main features are relaxation and comfort. This style is quickly growing and branching into sub-styles. These varieties in style still contain the same basic elements – lots of natural light, warm whites and ocean hues, reflective surfaces, soft furnishings and nautical decor.
Another is the Tropical Island coastal style from the islands of Hawaii, Polynesia and many more in the great Pacific. This style is quickly emerging and becoming prominent in homes across the globe. It is known for bright, tropical patterns, natural elements, natural teak and other woods, and cultural and nautical decor.
The Mediterranean coastal style is next. When one speaks of the Mediterranean style, the most common origin that comes to mind is Greece, but the coastal towns of Spain and Italy also helped launch the Mediterranean style. The style incorporates lots of natural light with bright, sunbaked colours, terra cotta stones, heavy woods, black iron or metals, and carved detailing.
CHARACTERISTICS OF BEACH HOUSE STYLE
If you are thinking of incorporating the Beach House style in your own home, a few adjustments and/or elements should be considered.
Light: Light may be the single most important element of coastal style. Nobody thinks dimly lit for a beach house. That is why white is the hallmark colour ofcoastal interiors; because it spreads and amplifies light not soak it up. Windows, glass doors and skylights allow sunshine to flood in so if your home is skimpy on these elements consider adding them. Window treatments should be spare and simple. If that is not an option, consider a mirror mounted opposite a window or a glass-topped table in a sunny area of the house.
Fabric & Tones: Fabrics are simple, unassuming and put-your-feet-up comfy. Think linen slipcovers, cotton rugs, and wispy sheers that billow in the breeze. You can’t go wrong with pure white, but washed-out pastels or tailored stripes fit with the look as well. Even though white done right is arresting in its minimalism, it can be monotonous. Accents of beige and pastels brings the pop of colour the space needs to reflect the sea. Adding organic pieces like sea shells, wicker or rope gives the style a finished look.
Open Space & Furniture: Coastal rooms are breezy and decorated with an eye to maintain clear lines. Sturdy wood and materials that can outlast wear and tear is the decor of choice because they can withstand salty air and sandy feet.
Canada has more coastline than any other country in the world. There is approximately 202,080 kilometres of coastline that is dotted with coastal towns. The style is one of the popular designs in Canada whether you’re into whale watching, fishing, kayaking, surfing or even snapping photos of icebergs.
BRINGING THE BEACH HOME
There are easy ways to create a coastal decorating style in your home. Textures and patterns work well in this particular style as they add great interest without the need for strong use of colour. Think of piles of cushions, throws and large floor cushions.If you are doing major renovations or actually building a beach house, a warm durable exterior is key to recreating an authentic beach house. Outdoor natural stone that offers durability, like ThinCut™ Machine Cut Weathered Fieldstone, can help give the beach house feel. Natural stone veneer brings a warmth and beauty that fits well with the coastal theme. They can be installed where full bed stones can not because the weight and size is significantly less. This makes it easier to create the Beach House style of your dreams with little fuss.