So you love a coastal living decor but you live in a dark apartment somewhere in the northern hemisphere. By dark, I mean you don't have the luxury of natural light flooding into your apartment through tall wide open windows.
You don't have white white walls--not even hardwood floors. And enjoying the easy-going, relaxed lifestyle of coastal living can only be reached through a short vacation. Yet, you long to be there. Is that about right?
While it may not be possible to achieve sun-drenched light against soft white walls, a sandy floor outside your door and blue blue water to view, there are some key elements you can bring into your apartment--namely through color, furnishings, and accessories. Let's start with color
East Coast Beach Colors for a Dark Apartment
When painting your apartment walls is an option, go for deep intense colors: navy or indigo blue; a deep turquoise; or even a deep coral.
Navy and blue paired with contrasting white in soft furnishings and accessories is a classic nautical theme color scheme. The key is to add lots of lighting fixtures, especially in the corners and next to seating areas to keep out the mysterious shadows. Add multiple lighting styles, such as ceiling lights, table, and task lamps.
This New York apartment uses accent walls in navy blue with white marbling walls, a white fabric sofa,white picture frames, and lighting. To transform this decor to beach-like theme, just replace some of the accessories with such elements as an over-sized seashell or nautical items.
Deep turquoise walls can always be made to reference the deep waters in the Caribbeans with a few beach-themed accessories. Which accessories would you add to a glam bedroom such as this one?
Of course, nothing is really set in stone, is it! The living room below brings together a lovely light turquoise on the wall and uses additional shades of blue in furnishings, the fireplace, window treatment, and accents. Did you notice the turquoise bench seat?
You may find coral a bit much for your dark apartment living room walls. I'd have to agree. However, it does work well in a small powder room, a bathroom, even as an accent wall in a bedroom.
When painting the walls is not an option and you're looking at apartment white walls, you can reverse where to add coastal colors. Add them in soft furnishings and accents. You can even go to a lighter hue in blues, turquoises, and corals.
Here, against the white walls, coral and blue come together beautifully to create a warm and restful reading vignette “near the ocean.”
You can use lots of blues or turquoise in your accents, such as a gallery wall with beach and seaside blues against a white wall. Note here how the blues make the white wall feel even whiter, reminiscent of the start contrast of whites and blues on an ocean.
In the image below, the soft light turquoise pillow accent and ottoman keeps the white sofa from fading into a white wall. Don't you just love the seashell collection in the serving tray?
Elements to achieve that coastal relaxed, casual look and feel
If you want your east coast beach decor to look and feel more relaxed, add slipcovers to your sofa and chairs. Wicker furnishings softly speak slow down and relax "in this spot." Complement your furnishings with your beach theme accessories.
When coastal blues don’t excite your taste but still you want that coastal beachy feel
The next three images beautifully illustrate a very cosmolitan decor style that showcase classic beach themes through a collection of picture-framed seashells and ocean photos. Notice too that the seating looks very relaxing and the accessories are clean and simple.
Finally, be sure to just have fun displaying your beath theme accessories. Here's a smile-filled idea to remind you of your last vacation to blue waters, frame your flippers in a shadow box, add a little sand or netting and a starfish:
Ready to take the plunge?
Dare to re-make your dark apartment decor
with happy memories of your last visit to the beach?
You may also be interested in these ideas