Looking for a fresh new look for your bedroom this summer?

It’s the perfect time to try a cool, Coastal style – soft ivory, cool sea blues and inky indigo – a beautiful, stylish palette, which looks stunning with solid wood furniture and accessories in stone, timber and porcelain.

How to create this look:


When selecting paint colours it’s best to keep close to a cool colour palette. From aqua and teal, through sky blue to deep inky Prussian blue – there is a shade to suit everyone. Complement these cool colours with fresh brilliant white, a chalky, soft off-white or a warmer ivory shade. If you have a smaller room and want to maximise the sense of space paint the majority of the room ivory or white and select of feature wall for your shade of blue – this means that you can choose a bolder shade of blue without compromising the ‘bright and airy’ feel.

A solid wood floor is a great option for this look. Solid timber sets off the cool blues and white beautifully, adding texture and warmth. Deep blue looks great with cherry and oak, while a pale powdery blue suits walnut. A striped cotton rug is a fun finishing touch.

Bedroom Furniture:

A solid wooden bed works beautifully with this look. Choose a classic style, such as our Malabar or Tibet beds, as they work well with so many styles and have tall headboard panels so you will appreciate the beauty of the chosen timber. The Shetland bed is another good choice, available in solid oak or walnut – you can supply a fabric of your choice for the upholstered headboard panel, maybe a classic blue denim or pale, powder blue linen? The choice is yours!

If you want to keep the room as bright as possible you may prefer to select furniture in white-wash pine or pale solid maple or ash. These timber options suggest bleached driftwood and golden beaches. Soft aqua shades look good with the subtle tones of these timbers.

Textiles – Bedding, Cushions and Curtains:

Bedding: Again it’s important to keep with your colour scheme. Happily, whatever the current fashion, you will always find crisp white cotton bedding readily available. White waffle bedding is a nice way to add texture, while quilted bedspreads in blues and sea greens will work well with the look (take a look at our Waffle or Kantha quilts). For cooler evenings add some textured wool throws in complementary shades – a chunky loose knit will complete the nautical theme.

Cushions and curtains: Fine voile curtains will add the feeling of a light and airy space – perfect for this look. Soft roman blinds in striped or plain blue fabric will keep the light at bay when you need to. Pick out the shades you have selected for your bedding and walls for your cushion covers. Add a few with a coastal or nautical theme for fun – maybe an anchor pattern or pebble design?


This look is great fun and inexpensive when it comes to accessories. It’s also a great excuse for a trip to the coast!
A selection of glass jars (never throw away your jam and pickle jars!) filled with sand makes the basis of a stylish storm lantern – just a add a simple candle to complete the look. You can tie some twine or rope around the outside of the jars for extra decoration. A selection of these lanterns with shells from the beach will make a stunning centrepiece for a dining table, or place a lantern or two on each bedside table for a cosy coastal bedroom.

Pale wood photo and mirror frames also suit this style, while vases of soft grasses or pale twisting twigs add to the ‘natural’ theme.

For more inspiring images, please take a look at our ‘Coastal’ pinterest board.

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