Guest Picks: Contemporary Coastal Chic
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
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Kosta Boda Seaside Large Vase - GBP 295
This handmade vase is stunning, and it effectively captures the colors of the ocean.
Whitby Wallpaper, Lido - $76.57
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.
Glass and Nickel Lamp - $363
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 Rope Weighted Doorstop - GBP 14.99
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.
Eclectic Wallpaper - GBP 120
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.
LSA Coro Lagoon Wine Glasses, Blue - GBP 27.99
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.
Sea Glass Giclee - $399
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.
Eclectic Windows - $152.75
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.
Neptune Wall Tiles - GBP 14.02
These recycled-glass tiles are unusually shaped and make for a brilliant way to add design, color and texture to a room.
Cornish Pilchard Square Bowl, Medium - GBP 22
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.
Racing Yacht - GBP 350
Sleek and stylish, this professionally handmade yacht sculpture is the perfect addition to a contemporary coastal chic interior scheme.
Spool Side Table - $229
I love this rope spool side table! It's so unusual and would make an excellent addition to a coastal-inspired room.
White Cotton Beach Hut Napkins - GBP 16
These crisp, white cotton napkins with their contemporary-style beach hut design are perfect for a coastal dining room.
Neptune Spoons - GBP 20
This set of six silvery spoons is very different! Each has its own nautical-themed handle design.
Herring Large Tray - GBP 34.95
This is a lovely contemporary, coastal-themed tray. The design features herring, and it's made in Sweden.
Wave Design Bedding Collection
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.
Casa Cortes Nautical Rope Pier Metal Table Lamp - $109.99
This lamp with a base effortlessly made from rope is a brilliant talking point for a living room.
Jersey Pottery Sardine Run Serving Plate - GBP 25
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.
Harlem Blanket - GBP 79.99
I'd use this blanket on a sofa or chair for cozy warmth on chilly days.