Living on the coast in a relaxed, laid back environment & lifestyle is what attracts most of us to these glorious regions.
The good news is that your home can be transformed very easily from a summer beach house to a warm winter coastal haven with a few design & styling tips.
Embrace Australia’s seasons of all year around coastal living with our “5 Winter Coastal Top Tips.”
TRANSCENDING INTO THE COOLER MONTHS
Coastal style homes usually relay an image of hot summer days by the pool, opened windows for ocean breezes, cool flooring of timber or tiles, swirling fans and light cool fabrics embossed our lounges and beds.
But coastal style living isn’t only reserved for the warmer months. It’s fresh clean lines and neutral tones makes it perfectly suited to any time of the year.
It’s important to blend the seasons and transcend your home through each seasonal change. This in return rejuvenates and inspires those that live within the home.
Small elements such as spring flowers and scents, an organic bunch of orange Autumn leaves or a sheepskin rug for winter can completely change the look and feel of each season.
A change of season is the perfect excuse for rearranging your space!
5 WINTER COASTAL TOP TIPS
Add warmth to your home with these 5 cosy winter decorating tips
- LAYER UPON LAYER:
The key to giving a winter warmth appeal is in the layers. One of the quickest ways to bring a cosy coastal feel is by adding layers with chunky knit throws, thick hides over your chairs, layered floor rugs to cover the cold floors and your favourite winter cushions scattered on the lounge. As long as they are in similar colour tones, any pieces will work.
- COLOUR AND TEXTURE:
The cool winter season calls for rich saturated colours such as dark greens or blues, reds or oranges or thick textured neutrals in browns, beiges or creams. Sometimes it is just a splash that is needed. Velvet fabrics in cushions is an easy way to create a luxe feel with wool throws and fur infusions being the options of choice to channel warmth and texture into a room. Layer the combinations and don’t be afraid to add more.
- FURNISHINGS WITH TIMBER AND RATTAN:
Whether it’s winter or summer, timber and rattan brings a earthy, warm element into a coastal home. Whether it be a gorgeous round timber coffee/side table, rattan malawi chairs or even a cluster of hanging pendant lights, the natural textures and weaves create a warmth in winter and character in summer.
The use of large natural woven pots in a corner with a palm or two from the garden, timber hurricane candle holders or rustic timber bowls to accentuate a table. These are a few small ways of bringing these natural elements into a room.
Our hand carved timber antique mirrors and candle holders from India take the classic coastal look to another level. Mix these with your rattans and marble alongside your coral & shells and the coastal story really comes to life.
Not forgetting that cold kitchen in the winter…..illuminate the room with timber cheese and decorative boards for display and day to day use. Again layer these up against your splashback or as a base for your decoration alongside a bunch of fresh flowers from the farmers markets. Baking a winter cake will never feel so good!
- STOP THE DRAFT & DRAW THE BLINDS:
Close the doors to the rooms that you don’t use, line your doors with draft snakes and stop the cold air entering the room. Closing the curtains or blinds will prevent the loss of heat through glass and create a cosy intimate feel within the room.
Now it’s time to light the fire for the ambiance of winter!
- DIM THE LIGHTS & BURN YOUR FAVOURITE WINTER CANDLE:
Dim your lights or turn on your table or floor lamp instead of your overhead lights and you will start creating a warm, nurturing and healing environment. Light your favourite winter scented candle and make yourself a hot drink. Candle scents that are popular in winter are earthy deep timber tones or rich vanillas and caramels. Try Glasshouse’s Tahaa or Palm Beaches’s Clove and sandlewood for a warm winter scent.
Soft mood lighting and rich earthy scents are the essence of creating a calming environment, a warm conversation area and a home that has a warm coastal winter feel.
“If you listen carefully the silence is beautiful”.