Imagine relaxing in your own coastal haven, sitting back on your soft white leather sofa and listening to the sound of the sea outdoors. For many of us, this dream will never become a reality, but with a well-thought-out living room design it is simple to create your very own seaside retreat even if you live miles from the coast.
Start off with a basic pallet of bright white and ocean-inspired blues. Consider boosting the coastal theme instantly with a feature wall of the exquisite Christian Lacroix Beach Club wallpaper, available from Jane Clayton & Company at £67 a roll. Even if you do nothing else, you will already start picturing lazy days spent by the sea, relaxing in a stripy deckchair with the sand between your toes and the seagulls squawking overhead. Of course, there is plenty more you can do if you choose. Imagine looking out at a dramatic shoreline in your mind through windows adorned with instantly refreshing John Lewis Dorset Stripe Lined Pencil Pleat Curtains in blue, from £80, or raising your Anchors Away Roman Blinds from Hillarys to let the spring sunshine flood in.
A coastal theme will really allow you to go to town (or away from it and to the seaside) with your light fittings. Nautical and coastal lighting is really on trend right now, and so there is choice aplenty. A £70 Bay Pendant Light in Clearwater Blue is the perfect substitute for a fabric lampshade or go all out with a Davey Lighting Quad Pendant priced at £299 from John Lewis. The brass will really make you think of ships of old breezing past on the horizon as you sip a rum punch – or whatever your favourite holiday tipple might be. Consider simply perfect made-to-order Double Shell Wall Lights from Jim Lawrence with the essential dimmer switch, of course. There’s nothing more romantic than being at the beach when the sun goes down. Finish off your lighting plan with a fantastic lamp to help you read that all-important beach book – on any day of the year. A £55 Buoy No 58 Lamp is an unusual yet perfect choice. Who needs a luxury yacht when you can be swept off on the crest of a wave from the comfort of your own armchair? The image will be even easier to conjure up if you are sitting in a perfectly fitting Burford Arm Chair in Navy Pier Stripe, £299 from Kaleidoscope.
The right furniture and accessories are essential to achieve a comprehensive look, but with a vast array of items available, you should easily be able to coast to success. The Portland Driftwood Small Square Table is perfect to complement a coastal theme and is a surprisingly affordable £149 from Asda. A slightly more extravagant option is the beautiful £565 glass-top Driftwood Coffee Table from Not on the High Street. Driftwood is the logical choice when you want to create your very own seaside haven. The addition of glass boosts the modern feel, and it is the ideal choice for a design scheme that, if done properly, will make your living room feel more spacious, bright and fresh than it ever has before.
Adorn the walls with a Nautical Canvas – or three. Choose whatever images evoke positive emotions in you, whether you want beautifully framed prints of your favourite beach holiday destination or retro images of seaside trips as a child. Perhaps you want an image that will simply help you to relax, and who needs a view of the sea when you can enjoy the spectacular vista offered by the Graham & Brown Multicoloured Beach Walk Wall Art? It’s a bargain at £31.50 from Debenhams. Or you could go for the delicate romanticism of a large picture-perfect Hannah Cole – By The Beach Huts canvas print from John Lewis.
Continue incorporating your own personality with the smaller accessories that you choose. Inject a touch of humour with a variety of Perch Window Planters from Anthropologie or add a splash of sea sparkle with an arrangement of tinkling Linea Glass Buoys from House of Fraser. Then it’s time to light one of Heal’s indulgent British Botanicals Coastal Walks Tall Pillar Candles and sit back and enjoy the dreamy scent of the sea. At last you can enjoy life at the beach without any of the annoying sand, wasps and other people’s children – unless you choose to invite them over, of course.