It can be exhausting keeping up with interior styling trends. What's in one minute is gone the next. From the art deco era of bold colours and geometric shapes to the Victoriana period of chandeliers and ornate drapes, as much as we love new trends we also love things that never change (like your grandmothers doilies). It gives us a feeling of being “home” somewhere familiar and full of memories.
If there was ever an interior design style that wasn't to date, it has to be the "beach house" look. Drawing inspiration from something that never changes, the sand and the sea, how can it possibly ever be out of style. Not to mention it is the perfect canvas for starting our own traditions and creating our own memories, building our own type of familiar.
The Beach House Style Is Perfectly Suited To Our Lifestyle
As Aussies, we love the relaxed vibe and easy living this style invites. Sand through our homes and collections of shells and rocks add to the charm, fun and authenticity that creating a beach house can bring. Memento's of days in the sun and salt in your hair are evident from the driftwood collected and made into mobiles or convenient bookends. It's these memories that form part of your décor and style. They become a reflection of your family and life and the inspiration for your beach house style.
Beach House Styling Is Easier Than You Think
Although the variety of styles may have grown the foundations have stayed the same. A simple combination of whites, blues, raw timbers and chunky textures have always been the building blocks for any great ocean inspired interior. With the return of rattan furniture and macramé accessories, this style is now even stronger than ever. You only have to Google beachy boho, Hamptons style, and coastal chic to be whisked away by the infinite possibilities that embracing these basics can create.
Beach House Styling Is Perfect For Families
If you're a young family, functionality and practicality are always important and thankfully the chaos that can be kids is embraced by beach house living. Jute baskets by the door for all the "dumped" items become a style statement rather than a Groundhog Day if searching for lost shoes and hats!. The forgiving natural fibres of cotton and jute so popular in beach house decor can handle the everyday wear and tear of family life. While sandy colours and darker blues do wonders to hide the remnants of the outdoors (and kids!). Then we add solid rattan and cane furniture that can handle the rough and tumble of wet swimsuits and towels strewn across them, building “character” with the bumps and scratches, yet still offering simplicity and beauty for those afternoon naps when the sea and sun has you just the right type of tired. The shabby chic lived-in vibe is perfectly at home in the "Beach House".
Luxe It Up With The Hamptons
If a more luxe beach house vibe is your go, opt for a fresh white pallet with pop's of bold blues, clean lines and refined textures. Wing backed chairs, ginger jars and vignettes created with curated corals and shells are perfect for creating a Hamptons style home. The use of lighting and fixtures with chrome will help create a more luxurious beachside home feel. All this creating a more refined, sophisticated feel while still having an air of relaxed, airy, beachside charm. Even during the cooler winter months a beach house décor is inviting, with the cosy feel of chunky knits and the warmth created by the use of raw timbers and textures.
Go On, Embrace The Blue!
The one colour that that never seems to date or go out of fashion is blue, a staple of any style of beach house. If you look back through eras gone by, you will see blue in it's various shades making it's mark. It's forgiving to everyday life and works with almost any other colour. Luckily for us, the blue of the ocean is so amazing that we can use it as our base knowing we'll be en-trend for years to come.
Make Everyday A Holiday
What ever beach house style you love, one thing is for sure, your home will only become more special and personalised as you grow and live in the space. Building and developing not only your own take on "beach house living" but your collections of memories and family is something that will definitely never be out of style.