Interiors: Bring some seaside splendour to your home this summer

    Just the sound of waves crashing on a shore, and the high-pitched cry of gulls, evokes a coastal scene and all its pleasures – which, unless you’re lucky enough to live by the sea, are usually only enjoyed on holidays.

    But conjuring seaside style at home is easier than ever, no matter how close to the beach you live.

    Perfect for summer, this look is a perennial favourite, and taking the plunge may only mean a lick of fresh paint (pick a brilliant white or a bright blue) and a few appropriate accessories, such as a sailing boat ornament or a cushion with an anchor emblem.

    Before you know it, you will be decked out and shipshape.

    “The term ‘nautical’ can inspire many aesthetics, from the traditional images of anchors, lighthouses and buckets and spades, to the more subtle material influences, such as stripped wood, wicker baskets and natural floor coverings like seagrass or jute, for that unspoilt beach retreat look,” says Clotilde Passalacqua, country interior design leader at Ikea.

    Wood Panelling wallpaper by Albany, currently reduced to £11.99 from £19.99 per roll, available from Wallpaper Direct. PA Photo/Handout

    “Take inspiration from the colours of the seaside and use soft, pastel blues for upholstered furniture or soft furnishings. These will work well paired with driftwood browns and can combine to create an air of serenity in the home. Whatever your choice – a simple splash of stripes or all the kit for a full captain’s galley – it’s time to make waves with your decor.”

    Follow these expert decor tips to ensure your transformation is plain sailing…

    Classic coastal

    Blue’s a classic colour choice for channelling a nautical vibe, and white is its perfect contrasting partner.

    “The pairing of white and blue hues never fails to make us smile. Fresh, bright and intrinsically linked to summer, it’s a classic combination which brings a tranquil vibe to any home,” says Claire Hornby, creative stylist at Barker & Stonehouse.

    “For a new take on this much-loved look, add a touch of urban cool to traditional nautical styles, by teaming rustic finishes with contemporary shapes and clean geometric prints. This will ensure your scheme is visually interesting and gorgeously tactile.”

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