Decor Inspiration: The Coastal Room

The beautiful tapestry of the British Summer brings together an assortment of experiences like the fresh taste of strawberries and cream, refreshing sights of trees in bloom, and the competitive sounds of Wimbledon tennis. We also inhale in the rich aroma of barbecues blended in with freshly mowed lawns. Summertime is vacation time and often we garner decor inspiration from our holiday spots, be it an African Safari or the seaside. Today we are drawing our inspiration from coastal decor as we take in the sun, sea and sands while creating memories. The evidence of your summer vacation like collected seashells, pebbles and fine sand along with actual pictures do not have to end when the summer ends. They can be used as inspiration for your nursery or room decor. A quick search for coastal room ideas for kids will reveal a plethora of designs reflecting the freshness of the sea, the golden sands and the clear blue sky. Coastal room themes have an all-year, all weather ambience to them and you'll rarely get bored or tired of them. They are also transitional and great for building memories as your collections can be added in year on year. Here are some innovative ways to incorporate the coastal theme into your child's rooom.

1) Striped and Stylish

[caption id="attachment_2872" align="aligncenter" width="333"]Sailboat Mid Sleeper Bed Sailboat bed from The Baby Cot Shop[/caption] Brightly coloured beach huts are an essential part of the British coastline. Stripes add a classic touch to any room and  offer seamlessness to your nursery or child's bedroom. Opt for large stripes in no more than two colours to keep it harmonious. If your space is small choose thin stripes in a pale colour. Sky blue and white stripes are always classic but you can choose any colour of stripes. Darker colours like charcoal or navy should be used in older boys' bedrooms. You can also introduce this tailored pattern via soft furnishings as opposed to the walls and can be vertical or horizontal. [caption id="attachment_2879" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Motif White Nursery Motif Luxury Nursery from The Baby Cot Shop[/caption]

2)Go all-white

Choose an all-white nursery for constant freshness and introduce golden colours through starfish, seashells and the sun. For an on-trend appeal, accessorise in copper instead of gold. Change your existing drawer knobs to gold or copper,  novelty knobs in coastal styles can also be found online. Add blues and reds in the form of picture frames or canvas art. [caption id="attachment_2876" align="aligncenter" width="416"]Beach Hut Light String Beach Hut Light String from[/caption] We love these Beach Hut String Lights from An all white nursery should not look boring. Simply introduce layers of different textures to make the space more alluring. Sheepskin rugs give subtle softness to the nursery; a nod to the tenderness of your newborn. Shaggy rugs in white or cream will do the same and can be used in your toddler or older child's bedroom. Choose linen for your windows as that on its own presents a timeless but flattering texture. White forms a good canvas to start with. It's transformative quality make it a fine choice as children's tastes can change a fair amount, especially in the toddler years. Introduce  colour and patterns through soft furnishings and display their treasure of seaside finds in 3d frames.

3) Store in Style

[caption id="attachment_2871" align="aligncenter" width="375"]Coastal Kids Bedroom Coastal Kids Bedroom via Pinterest[/caption] When it comes to children's storage, don't just store, store stylishly. Bespoke furniture is the way to go as you are able to make the best use of your available space. Creative storage using awkward corners yet adapting it to your theme will give you a room that is not only aesthetically pleasing but functional too. Whitewashed beadboards give a rustic, coastal look to any room and this can be applied on the walls, or incorporated in the design of the furniture. Distressed Toy box

Photo credit: The Handmade Clock Company/ Etsy


Distressed furniture that look like they have taken a battering by the sea over time also adds to the charm of a coastal room. Everything doesn't have to look new and pristine, but can look used and loved. Shop antique stores for older pieces or add existing furniture to the nursery or bedroom.   beadboard-beachhut

 Photo credit: Tom Stringer via Houzz

Keep it simple.

This twin bedroom reflects the relaxed, elegant style of The Hamptons. The sloping ceiling is used cleverly to mimic a beach hut. Beadboard and stripes in white give a coastal, seaside feel and the gold accessories complete this classic look. When in doubt, keep it simple. Children need good storage but do not require excessive furniture as it clutters up the space. Floor space is essential for use and comfort. Do you need help turning your holiday inspiration into a room or nursery for your child? Ask us. [caption id="attachment_2882" align="aligncenter" width="275"]Contact us to trasform your memories into an inspirational space Contact us to transform your memories into an inspirational space[/caption]
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