The coastal decor trend has been a staple of seaside interiors for a while now. Combining laid-back beach chic vibes and more structured nautical designs, it’s the perfect fit for properties by the coast.
Here at Harding Laity we’re lucky enough to have offices in two prime Cornish coastal locations – St Ives and Wadebridge (Wadebridge is just a short distance from the seaside at Rock, Polzeath, Padstow & Port Isaac to name but a few incredible spots!) So coastal interiors are something our team of property experts are lucky enough to be surrounded with every day.
The key elements of this ultra-desirable (but very achievable) style, are chalky white or neutral walls, accentuated with beachy tans, sunny yellows, soft greens and deep blues. Layered fabrics are also a must; think blue and grey linens, natural hemp and colourful patterns with sea life motifs!
There’s a lot of fun to be had with the seaside look by bringing the beach inside. Driftwood furniture, sea glass and shells can all be used to accentuate a year-round beachy feel; after all, here in Cornwall we spend as much time on the beach as possible, whatever the weather!
We’ve pulled together a list of Cornish lifestyle brands which exemplify this decor style, so you can create your own fresh and classic coastal interiors while supporting some great independent businesses at the same time.
Love the coastal look? Here are the Cornish brands to look out for!
Cream Cornwall founded in 2012, this Falmouth-based interiors brand is dedicated to creating evocative, Cornwall-inspired products that are eye-catching, high quality and made in Britain. Cream are well-loved for their bold sea life designs and rich, luxurious fabrics.
Top Tip: Add some drama to your coastal interior by reupholstering a preloved chair in one of Cream Cornwall’s stunning fabrics.
Atlantic Blankets super-soft and snuggly, Atlantic Blankets are designed in Cornwall, and made in Britain. They prioritise sustainable practices in the production of their blankets, and the gorgeous designs are inspired by the Atlantic, with cool blues, sea greens and warm greys predominating.
Top Tip: Throw this lovely Mint Green Recycled Chevron Blanket over a chair with a view of the sea. The colours and wave-like pattern will mirror the view outside.
The Rick Stein empire has several interior lines under its brand, with many of the beautiful products designed by Jill and Kate Stein. For us, the ‘Coves of Cornwall’ tableware collection embodies the coastal décor trend.
Top Tip: Set the perfect table by the sea, with placemats and crockery from the Coves of Cornwall range, featuring watercolour illustrations (designed by Falmouth University Art and Design students) of Daymer Bay, Trevone Bay, Constantine Bay and St George’s Cove.
Willow and Stone
Willow and Stone is an eclectic interiors store in Falmouth which also sells many of its carefully-chosen products online. A visit here is sure to leave you inspired!
Top Tip: Check out these beautiful Sea Urchin wicker pendant lampshades. The natural wicker hues and sea life shapes create a coastal feel with a Nordic twist.
Jo Downs striking handmade glass art is a stylish way to bring the coastal trend to your interiors. Working from her Cornwall studio, Jo’s fused glass in blue and sea green draws inspiration from the beautiful coastal landscape.
Top Tip: Hang a small, framed glass panel in a sea-facing window to reflect the every-changing light.
Many of these brands’ products are also stocked at Coastal Scandi, a lifestyle shop in Wadebridge, which is well worth a visit if you’re seeking inspiration.
Keen to get the paintbrush out? Make sure you check out our recent blog on the paint colour trends of 2022 first!
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