Interior walls should be muted in soft shades of white, cream or pale blue for a relaxing and peaceful ambience, and a taste of the sea can be added through natural accessories such as pebbles, driftwood and shells.
Or capture the excitement of the beach front with bright yellows, reds and blues reminiscent of seaside huts and deck chairs. Add a twist of humour with some cheeky seaside postcards – just make sure they are not too tasteless!
Why not mix and match, opting for a more relaxed look in your living and bedroom areas, and a more colourful nautical theme in the kitchen or bathroom? You could even have some fun in the children’s bedroom with a pirate theme!
When choosing flooring, opt for natural materials such as slate tiles or wooden floors which are both beautiful and hard-wearing. If your cottage is by the sea you will want something practical for your flooring that is easily swept after a day at the beach and not easily damaged by saltwater. If you are going for a more colourful look then a bright stripy rug will cheer up the room.
Wooden shutters, particularly painted white or duck-egg blue, are perfect for a seaside cottage. Or choose pretty or fun curtains to add a splash of colour to your room.
Frame your favourite pictures of the seascape and hang them on to the walls. Try printing them in black and white or sepia to give them a timeless quality. Lanterns and soft lighting finish the look.
Chunky wooden furniture is perfect for a seaside cottage – particularly if it has a distressed or weathered finish that will remind your guests of the boats they have just seen at the beach or the harbour.
Seaside cottages often bring back childhood memories so retain the nostalgic feel with model ships and distressed toy boxes which can easily be picked up at antique shops.
For a more grown-up feel and to create a real talking point, accessorise with antique items such as maps, telescopes and anchors.
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