Coastal Colors with European Flair

June 17, 2009 | By | Comments (11)

Is anyone else as ready for a vacation as I am? For our anniversary this summer, my husband and I decided we were going to travel back to where our relationship began, London, England. In honor of our trip abroad I thought I'd get in the mood by gleaning a little inspiration from our sister Brit mag, Homes & Gardens.

In case you haven't seen it yet I recently posted a story called Color It Coastal, which features eight sea-inspired palettes and how to incorporate them into your home. So, below I pulled some images from Homes & Gardens in the same color families. Check out the info from H&G below then surf over to Color It Coastal for more interior inspiration.

All text and images below courtesy of Homes & Gardens

Coastal Colors: Seaglass
Allow one strong monochrome pattern, such as this bold turquoise window
dressing, to take the lead in a room and use complementary patterns in
the same palette as restrained accents. Sofa, Sofa Workshop. Chair and table, Revival.

Nautical stripes in blues and greens give this Suffolk dining room a suitably coastal look.

Coastal Colors: Citrus
Be bold and mix orange and turquoise, rattan and cane furniture, along
with cafe-style tables and chairs add to the relaxed feel. Sofa, The Conran Shop. Rattan table, Oka. Armchair, Marston & Langinger.

This contemporary staircase uses a reinforced glass panel to act as a
balustrade whilst maximising light in this open-plan space. The mix of
wood and white surfaces adds a classic touch and gives the kitchen a
clean, fresh feel. Chairs from Mac and Mac Interiors, try Ikea for a white dining table.

Pale tongue-and-groove walls and a large seascape painting create a
breezy feel in this relaxed living room. A palette of greys brings
warmth and a sense of calm, while pale-coloured accessories add the
finishing touches.

Bring a touch of drama into your bedroom with a canopy of billowing
muslin above the bed. This room has a distinctive colonial feel, with
its white painted floor boards and wicker touches, that's laid-back ad
relaxing, while the fake-fur throw adds cosiness. Rustic rattan headboard, Riviera Maison

Coastal Colors: Natural
Create a soft and calming space for relaxtion with textured accessories
and chalky shades. The subtle relief on this felt panel adds interest
amid the soft, natural hues of stone, wood and linen. Ektorp chaise
longues from Ikea, felt wall hanging from Helen Amy Murray, lamp from Lombok.

Cream limestone tiles and walnut units ensure that this bathroom is a
relaxing sanctuary. The glass shower doors create a smart alternative
to a curtain and create the impression of more space. A mirrored
cabinet provides extra bathroom storage, essential for keeping the
natural scheme calm and clutter-free. Floor tiles from Limestone Gallery.

Coastal Colors: Blue & White

Use an oversized floral wallpaper to make a dramatic statement in a
bedroom. Dark wood furniture and pale bed linen provides contrast. The
rug in this room has been cleverly set into a recess so that it doesn’t
slip underfoot. Wallpaper, Tamerisk collection at Cole & Son.

Choose natural materials where possible for a more relaxed mood.
Refectory-style dining tables and a mix of seating, including a bench
and dining chairs, are ideal. Dining table and chairs, Marston & Langinger. Bench, Mass N16.

Coastal Colors: Pastel

Chalky shades are a good colour choice if you are uncertain about what
colours to use because most pastels work well together. Here, the
pairing of pale aquamarine and sky blue is particularly effective.

Having twin basins will ensure a smoother start to the day. Keep the
walls clean and stylish with mosaic tiling complemented with natural
wood finishes. Add blue accents, model boats and striped fabrics to
complete the nautical theme.

Coastal Colors: Tropical
This cane chair can be transferred to the garden in warm weather but
brings a fresh feel to a garden room. A couple of colourful cushions
provide comfort. Cane chair, Baileys Home & Garden.

Different shades of green give a bedroom a fresh, natural look. Team
the greens with dark wood furniture to add warmth and depth. If green
walls feel too much, then keep them white and use textiles and
accessories to add colour. Daybed frame, Habitat. Canopy fabric, Osborne & Little Lamp, Heal's. Wall paint, Paint & Paper Library.


  1. фирма в Чехии

    I almost agree that coastal living is not simple and is not for everyone.

    June 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm
  2. cseattle

    I love the Sea Glass color palette for the Color it Coastal story. Is there shopping info for the pieces in the story? I love the cushion chair & ottoman on the “Hue Change” slide 7. Where can I find it?

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 am
  3. Kelly Tomas

    Unfortunately, we don’t have sources for the pieces in that photo. Most of the items in that home came from antique or salvage shops. Sorry we couldn’t be of more help!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:57 am
  4. Melanie Schrand

    I am so in love with that Sea Glass Room and the white and turquoise fabric on the chair is gorgeous! I am absolutely thrilled that design has finally taken this light and bright tropical turn. I am a Realtor in South Florida and I love this type of decor for our homes down here in this beautiful, tropical climate of ours. I am doing my home now in turquoise, white and coral. I am so thankful to Coastal Living for your inspiration rooms and ideas. I always look forward to seeing what is new and upcoming in Coastal decor. I am going to start giving my clients a subscription to Coastal Magazine as a closing gift. I think it is a great idea! Please visit my website at: for some beautiful homes and conods in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    June 28, 2009 at 3:02 pm
  5. Jennifer Beaudet

    I love the seaglass palette. It’s so soothing and beachy. I love Coastal Living.

    July 4, 2009 at 6:23 pm
  6. Andy Scossa

    I love being by the sea and it’s an added bonus if I’m surrounded by good interior and furniture design. I love the hanging cane chair the the contemporary staircase.

    August 11, 2010 at 8:13 am
  7. UGG Outlet

    This is one of the best blogs what i have ever read, it is impressed me very much, thank you for taking your time to sharing this, i want to share it with my friend, they must also love your words, thank you!

    November 6, 2010 at 1:21 am
  8. router bits

    Those are very compelling interior designs. I wonder how much will it cost for me to design my own house. I just want to make my house simple yet very attractive.

    January 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm
  9. traditional furniture

    Beautiful calming colours in all of the photos.

    May 9, 2012 at 5:14 am
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