Some of the key features of this trend include:
- Simple elegance
- A soothing colour palette, often incorporating neutrals, muted colours and pastel shades
- Plenty of natural light
- A mix of wood and natural fabrics
- Ocean-inspired elements
Choose Ocean-Inspired Elements
To get the look right, start with a neutral colour palette and then add ocean-inspired elements. Natural, light colours work well with this style — whites, cream, blue, greens, and greys are all great options. Touches of wood will give your space a rustic, unpretentious feel, while pops of colour and even patterns work well if you’d like to incorporate a tropical style into your design. If you’re going for a more Mediterranean coastal style, consider incorporating some wooden elements, as well as terracotta, metals, and warm colours. For a modern take on the coastal style, a base of neutral shades pairs well with muted greys and aquamarine or coral.
Use Your Space
Whether you opt for the American coastal look — think white and blue shades, nautical décor elements and reflective surfaces — or prefer a Mediterranean coastal style reminiscent of Spanish and Italian homes by the sea, it’s likely that natural light will be an important element in your home. Keep your space uncluttered to take full advantage of any open spaces, and choose pieces that work well with your coastal aesthetic.
While you don’t want to clutter your space, you can still have fun with your décor elements. Play with textures by combining and layering materials — wooden floors with woven rugs, for example, add visual interest, while soft elements like pillows, natural fabrics and throws will make your home feel comfortable and cozy.
Get the Look
When it comes to tiles, our Manhattan Lifestyle collection works well within the coastal style. Opt for the Manhattan Jean to bring the colour of the ocean into your bathroom, or try it in Pearl for a more neutral look.
The Art Collection from Spain are a porcelain tile with an encaustic look. Their wide variety of patterns and tones can be adapted to every space, creating a multitude of decorative solutions. They work particularly well in Hampton’s inspired bathroom floors. Add a plain white subway to complete the look.
Our Shades collection is reminiscent of the texture and shine of seashells and adds a beautiful touch to a modern coastal home. The collection of gloss white body feature wall tiles is available in pastel colours in both plain and embossed detail, and can be easily mixed with patterned wall tiles of the same colour, or blended with various colours to create a unique combination. The tiles make an elegant statement and work well as a kitchen splashback or as a statement wall in a bathroom.
For main living spaces consider a stone look porcelain tile in shaded tones of white or grey. Stone Studio Grigio 597×597 contrasts beautifully against white cabinetry.