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Guest Picks: Contemporary Coastal Chic
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If you assumed that coastal or nautical interior design schemes only work in shabby chic beach huts or coastal homes, think again. The look translates wonderfully into contemporary homes too. The classic colors of ocean blues, fresh whites and sandy naturals work well as a base palette and can be livened up with hints of other colors, such as gorgeous sea greens. There are plenty of quality decor and home accessories perfectly suited for a contemporary coastal chic style, whether you want the look in a living room, dining room, kitchen or bedroom. — Rachel from Fresh Design Blog
This handmade vase is stunning, and it effectively captures the colors of the ocean.
If you're missing the sea and the waves, put this up on your wall. The brilliant Whitby wallpaper brings the joy of the sea to your home.
I love the simple, uncluttered style and design of this lamp. The glass base has a great shape, and the neutral shade complements it well.
Natural materials, such as rope, have to feature in any discerning coastal scheme. This rope-design doorstop is the perfect addition. It looks great, and it's practical too.
This wallpaper is great for creating a statement. It's designed by Jessica Hogarth and inspired by coastal architecture in northern England. I love the detail of it.
I love the way these contemporary wine glasses make use of color on the bases. This set, in four shades of blue, adds a coastal feel to a dining table.
This is a gorgeous piece of artwork. It's a fine art reproduction of an original painting by artist Simon Addyson, and it is calming and soothing to look at.
Fancy a porthole on a door? Here's a chance to create your own! This Dinky Porthole comes in kit format with DIY instructions for fitting it.
These recycled-glass tiles are unusually shaped and make for a brilliant way to add design, color and texture to a room.
This is a lovely piece of handmade glass. I love the square shape of the bowl, the turquoise blue of the sea and the copper pilchards swimming across it.
Sleek and stylish, this professionally handmade yacht sculpture is the perfect addition to a contemporary coastal chic interior scheme.
I love this rope spool side table! It's so unusual and would make an excellent addition to a coastal-inspired room.
These crisp, white cotton napkins with their contemporary-style beach hut design are perfect for a coastal dining room.
This set of six silvery spoons is very different! Each has its own nautical-themed handle design.
This is a lovely contemporary, coastal-themed tray. The design features herring, and it's made in Sweden.
This bedding appeals to me because of its understated design. The blue embroidered design has a hint of waves and a coastal theme, but it isn't overpowering. It's ideal for a contemporary coastal bedroom.
This lamp with a base effortlessly made from rope is a brilliant talking point for a living room.
This Sardine Run serving plate is part of a great range of ceramics. They're not overly coastal in design — from a distance, they don't even look like fish — and the fresh blue and white looks great on a table.
I'd use this blanket on a sofa or chair for cozy warmth on chilly days.