I want to decorate my bedroom with a coastal look. I attached a photo of my bed...kind of French country, but I am not going to buy a new bed, so I will have to make this one work somehow. I am going to paint my walls, but what I need help with is this. My colors are going to be a soft blue, cream, some type of sand, beige or taupe, a pale yellow, and I don't know what else lol. I have a dresser and a small 4 drawer chest that can be painted. BUT...I don't know which of these colors should go where...should I do the blue spread, and if so, what color do I use for the dresser and chest and curtains....I have usually stuck to white walls, and by painting them, this has me all mixed up. A lady in the store today suggested using a basically cream spread (actually a cream matelasse one), use a variety of pillows, and a folded accented coverlet at the foot of the bed and paint the walls blue, but I don't know about that. I need help. Be sure to take a look at my other post titled "Coastal Bedroom 2 of 2 Posts"
Barbra AnnThis message has been edited. Last edited by: athomemom56,
You have picked good colors for a coastal retreat: surf, sand, and sunshine. I find it more sophisticated if all the furniture is painted either white or cream. Add your blue and yellow in bedding and wall color. I would suggest you not get too caught up in the theme aspect of coastal design, a little bit goes a long way. You want to aim for elegant and understated, not a theme park hotel room.
FYI, you can consolidate your pictures into one thread. Just hit reply and add the second post to it.
I can't view my photos I posted, can anyone else see them?
athomemome56, I love your bed. I think this room has some great possibilities.
Since you are unable to see your posted pics, make certain you are logged into BOTH the HGTV website AND the message boards.
Since I find a pale blue the most elegant of colors and one I personally never tire of, I would recommend that for a wall color. It could also work with your French theme.
Your inspiration bed would not easily be replicated in the bed you own (a terrific bed) as the shape etc is so different. Yes, you can have piles of pillows but the headboard and wall space behind both situations is very different.
Depending on what part of the country you live in, a beach theme can be appropriate or not (not that you can't do exactly what you want no matter where you live.)
We live a block from the ocean but I don't think a "beachy" theme would really work here as there is a difference between beachy in Florida/the Carolinas and "beachy" in Maine where the surrounding foliage is rosa rugosa and pine trees and birch trees and in the south it would be palm trees.
I have kind of a "beachy" thing going on on a screened porch this summer. But that is a temporary and not permanent decorating choice.
Cavin and Aychihuahua are right in suggesting you soft peddle the theme, esp with your elegant and sophisticated bed.This message has been edited. Last edited by: lady of shallot,
There are many types of coastal decor. Some use all-white or light-colored furniture, like the so-called Nantucket style. The tropical island style (sometimes to referred to as British Colonial)uses rich dark furniture against stark white walls. Then there is lake coastal style which is much more rustic, with lots of warm woods.
All versions can look very sophisticated, but it's very easy to fall into cliches. Too many beachy tchotkes can ruin the look.
Your bed is awesome and would work great in a romantic version of coastal decor. Keep the emphasis on light and airy, for best results.
Here is a picture of bedroom in Palm Beach, designed by Meg Braff. It is a romantic, relaxed and elegant coastal style, in just two colors, with nary a sea shell in sight. (OK, there are two prints over the bed that show fan corals.) Perhaps it will give you some ideas or inspiration.
Aychi, when you say lake coastal style being rustic could you elaborate? Could you post a picture?
Gladly. Here is a link to a spectacular Montana cabin on a lake that I think epitomizes the lake coastal style. With a hefty price tag, I'm sure. But filled with all kinds of wonderful rustic details. http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks...in-With-Dive-In-Pond
Not to quibble or nit pick but how exactly could a cabin on a lake be considered "coastal" style?
Not of course that you could not call your decorating style whatever you like, but doesn't coastal refer to coast?
The word coastline technically refers to a sea or ocean, but is informally used for any shoreline. The legal term for the zone where a lake meets land is littoral. Somehow, the term littoral decorating doesn't roll off the tongue quite as nicely as coastal decorating, but feel free to use it.
Thanks Aychi. Like LOS, I was a bit confused with the term lake coastal style. The link shows a beautiful home and I appreciate the fact the builders used building materials from the area. I still wouldn't consider it a coastal home, more a lake (?lakeshore) house. I attend to agree with LOS but thanks for the definition. You're right, coastline or shoreline rolls off the tongue easier.
ETA....athomemom56, I am anxious to see what you're decisions are with your bedroom. You have some great ideas.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Georgia Peach,
they say you learn something new everyday and I will consider that my new word for the day. Too bad I don't know anyone with a lake house but my friend just spent a week at a lake. Now how can I work that into the conversation?
How is this "when you were at the littoral, did you just immerse your feet or did you swim?"
LOL. You could say, " I heard you were literally at the littoral during your lake vacation?"
I noticed you're question regarding redoing your bedroom in coastal / beach colors and I wanted to share our design-your-own home furnishings company, Loom Decor, www.loomdecor.com. We enable customers to mix and match designer fabrics on to custom products (drapery, bedding and throw pillows), and allow you to see your designs come to life in our virtual design tool.
In reading through what you're thinking about for your bedding, wall color and current furniture pieces, I would definitely recommend going with a soft sky blue and white as your primary colors and then add accents of either yellow or a beautiful red/orange tone. You could bring in this color in the drapery and/or with accent throw pillows. Here are some examples from Loom I thought you might like:
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Good luck with your decorating project!
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