Just because it’s quaint doesn’t mean it still can’t have plenty of style. Your coastal cottage was designed with family and friends, summer holidays, and seaside adventures in mind. Great coastal style isn’t about overloading the home with beach-themed odds and ends; it’s about celebrating beach life with relaxed, refreshed décor.
Celebrate your time near the ocean, and don’t stress the small parts of decorating your coastal interior. Rather, focus on bringing in the light, creating a cheerful environment, and maintaining a balance between the subtle and the sublime. Colors such as turquoise and light blue are thoroughly appropriate and can be easily accented with white or yellow.
Coziness and comfort — those are the ultimate goals of coastal style. Life doesn’t have to revolve around rushing out of the door for work, only having enough time to do a quick appearance check in the entryway mirror. Coastal spaces are meant to be heavily occupied and enjoyed. Comfortable seating with plush cushions, serene light fixtures and pendants, and beach-chic decorative accents are a must.
Our Gabby designers were motivated by the sights, sounds, and textures of the sea to create furnishings fit for a summer stay at the coast. Take our Corbin Woven Storage Cabinet, for starters. This piece is one with its coastal environment — the natural oak has rustic charm while the woven seagrass doors add natural texture.
Are you craving elegant lighting but fearful of going overboard? Stay out of deep water with our Janie Lamp. A pure expression of elegance and architecture, the lamp features a wonderful, white brushed fragment supported by an iron base and thin pole. Our designers finished the lamp’s silhouette with a linen covered, rectangular shade. Use one as an accent lamp, or pair two together for a fetching, vintage-inspired look.
Can’t quite find the time for a trip to the beach this summer? Don’t sweat it! You can easily give your outdoor areas a seaside feel. With coastal style, it’s important to avoid too many synthetic materials, like plastic and metal. Rather, it’s best to keep the ambiance airy and luminous. Gabby’s Vivian Bar Stools would certainly complement a sea-inspired covered patio. The versatile, backless stool has a subtle curve designed to allow you to fully enjoy cocktail hour, and the natural cloudy finish on the legs finalizes the look.
We can hardly picture a coastal entryway without a handsome bench. Our Modena Bench features a deco-style design with carved, geometric shapes. The natural wood and plush, tufted French cushion invite you to sit and catch a breath or two. On the bottom is a shelf ideal for storing summer sandals or even a pair of flippers.
In the event of a summer shower, curl up in a snug chair with your favorite book. Keep the look simple with our Watson Chair. Our designers took a traditional wing-backed chair and made a few nautical adjustments. The chair’s design boasts a tufted linen back cushion and a welted linen seat cushion. The clean, geometric shapes and antique-finished rattan lend it marvelously to an ocean-inspired interior. View our Coastal Style Furniture and Lighting idea book on Houzz.
To see more of Gabby’s transitional furnishings, lighting, and decorative accessories, we invite you to visit our website and browse through our online catalog. Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns.