If you do like to be beside the seaside then you can capture the look of summer all year round with a seaside themed dining room. Create your own coastal haven with beachy tones, weathered woods and punchy deckchair stripes.
There is a wonderful colour palette to choose from – capture the depths of the sea on your walls with Mediterranean blues and tropical aquamarines, while counterbalancing these with sandy tones of taupe, beige and cream. Try whitewashing your woodwork for the perfect ‘weathered’ look.
To prevent the look from becoming too bland, add punch to your scheme with deckchair fabrics in classic red and white, or navy and white stripes. These work well for curtains but for more subtle touches try cushions and throws – either way, they will perfectly compliment the cooler tones on your walls.
A stripped back, untreated dining table is the perfect centrepiece for your maritime dining room. Soften the look with a runner in sea blue down the middle, scattered with shells and an arrangement of storm lanterns or tea lights to create a warm glow for evening suppers. Fisherman’s rope can be put to good use wrapped around a chandelier or tied to the backs of your chairs. Match in your crockery to your scheme with blue and white handled crockery and frosty glassware to complete your table decoration.
If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace in your dining room, it is the perfect frame for seaside treasures. Decorate the mantleshelf with pretty shells and pieces of coral and display larger finds such as driftwood in the hearth.
Think outside the box for nautical accessories to complement your theme – a fisherman’s chest, porthole mirrors, lobster pots turned into storage and even an aquarium in a forgotten corner will take the look to the next level.
Give your dining room an oh-so-stylish summery feel all year round. It really doesn’t take much time at all – simply update tired walls with a fresh lick of paint and revamp furniture to give it new life.
Try sanding an old table down and repainting it or covering it with a new tablecloth. Finish with carefully picked accessories for a harmonious purse-friendly makeover. The wooden table and chairs really warm up the cool white and blue scheme.
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Make clever use of an empty alcove with a desk area – whether for work or for displaying pretty bits and bobs. Ours is painted in the same lovely shade of sea blue as the chimney breast for that fresh, seaside feel, while the crisp white wall behind gives an illusion of light and space. An art display has been made out of framed screen prints and nautical accessories including ship’s bells and decorative boats.
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Even the smallest accessories should be seaside related for a tied-together look. Line up these cute mini beach huts, decorated with real shells and pebbles they’re actually money boxes.
Create a relaxed space and enjoy down-time with a good book, glass of wine and super-comfy armchair. Go for loose covers – they’re easy to clean and work perfectly with the laid-back seaside vibe. The charming cushions fit in with the nautical look, with their postcard and paddle patterns expertly mixed with a bright-red cushion for that all-important colour pop!
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