It can be tricky getting the balance right when looking for a relaxed nautical scheme. Check out our tips below to help you get the perfect look.
1 Whitewash your wood
If you have any old wooden furniture be sure to give it a brightening whitewash. Combine a 50/50 mix of white emulsion and water and apply it in the direction of the grain, then work it into the wood with a rag to get a refreshed look.
2 Forage for accessories
Get natural accessories to add to your scheme's authenticity. By going to local rivers or beaches, you can collect a whole assortment of shells, twigs, driftwood and stones to provide both your garden and home with spot-on décor.
3 Extend the colour palette
There's no need to stick to blues and whites; you can opt to include greys, teals and beige to not only invoke a calmer atmosphere but also one which is easier to create.
4 If you choose one mirror...
Opt for a bare wood circular design. This will allow a subtle nod to portholes that rectangular mirrors don't invoke.
5 Wood on the walls
Tongue and groove (or 'cladding' to those in the trade) epitomises the coastal style. As well as having the added benefit of being easy to fit and also speedy, no builders are needed.
6 Twine jars
By coiling rope around glass jars you create an effective upcycling which can be finished off with something as simple as a tea light or sea shells on the inside.
7 Stair style
It's worth investing in a seagrass runner to have on your stairs. This will have two purposes; not only to protect the wood underneath but also to add a hint of coastal style to the hallway.
Lead photo Colin Poole