It’s no secret that Australian’s love the laid back, relaxed lifestyle and when it comes to their homes, it seems only appropriate that they have an interior to match. The sought after Modern Coastal aesthetic is very popular amongst Minted clients and we know why. A coastal interior is all about natural living - there is something very soothing about the soft, sandy tones and textural elements that go hand in hand with this style.
But how to achieve this in your own home? Sometimes choosing the right paint colour or overall aesthetic for your space is the hardest part and when there are so many options on the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Paint is the easiest (and cheapest way) to give your home an instant facelift and change the overall feel and look of a space so it’s an important process to get right. We are going to walk you through some tips and tricks to think about when choosing a Modern Coastal Interior Colour Scheme.
Start with a neutral base
When you think of Coastal Interiors the first thing that comes to mind is light, open spaces with a strong connection to the outdoors. The colour palettes generally call for lots of soft muted colours, textures and natural materials so we always like to start with a neutral base and build from there. But how to choose the perfect white? The majority of Coastal interiors will be in homes that get a lot of sun, which generally means you want to stick to a cool, crisp white. We love Dulux ‘White on White’ and ‘Lexicon’.
Think of your home as a whole
It’s tempting to create a completely different style in each room/space of your home, however this often leads to an uneasy feeling and fails to promote flow throughout. Repeating colours and finishes in each zone will create balance, continuity and a well designed finish, so it’s helpful to be mindful when making your selections. Although repeating similar elements throughout is important, it’s preferable to avoid an uninspiring ‘cookie-cutter’ finish with exact repetition. For example, you might use a white subway tile splash back in your kitchen and then opt for the same shape and colour tile in the bathroom, however smaller in size and laid in a herringbone pattern instead.
To get started it’s always a good idea to begin with a mood board, as this will help you to see all of your proposed elements together. Images from magazines, a digital Pinterest page or collecting paint swatches side by side and eliminating images/colours when things are feeling too busy or disjointed, will help generate your overall feel and ensure you are left with a series of rooms that compliment one another with a free flowing look throughout.
Add layers of colour and texture
When styling with whites and soft, natural tones, it’s important to lift the space and give depth using texture and feature colours. It is also important not to get too caught up in trends. What’s right for one home is not always right for another. Here are some natural textures and colour we like to think about when creating a Modern Coastal palette:
Introducing colour through artwork, soft furnishings and feature walls, keeping in mind coastal elements such as the ocean, nature and plant life.
Introducing natural textures such as timber and rattan or woven cane for some warmth.
Soft, muted and textural upholstery such as linen.
Using elements like marble, rattan, leather and concrete.
Lighting, Lighting, Lighting
Lighting can drastically change the colour of paint so it’s important to consider the natural and artificial light in a space before deciding on a final look. Always test a patch on the wall and observe throughout the day to see the colour in its truest form and how it will work against any tiles, carpet, hardware flooring and permanent fixtures in your home.
Putting extra thought and time in to your selections can be the difference between a beautiful, well designed space and an average one so it’s always worth going the extra mile to ensure your selections are cohesive and work well together. If this is not your forte, it’s worth engaging an interior professional to help you finalise these decisions, so your home will suit your family and lifestyle for years to come. This is where we can help, no matter where you are based in Australia/NZ. Take a look at our Minted Interiors Coast Project and also watch the house tour for an example of how we work and the results you could achieve in your home.
We would love to help you with your next interior project, please email email@example.com for more information.