Eeeeeeeeee!!!! I've been dreaming about living on a beach for as long as I can remember and the time has finally come! My husband got transferred from Waterloo, Ontario to Tampa, Florida!!! It's so surreal.
In honour of this exciting adventure and moving to a coastal town (we're looking at Sarasota right now), I thought I'd discuss the nuances of coastal interior design; specifically the differences between East Coast Coastal and West Coast Coastal design.
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Overall coastal interior design is inspired by calm, casual beach vibes and seaside elements such as water, sand, sun, driftwood, seagrass, rocks, pebbles and shells, etc. However, there are some distinguishable differences when it comes to East Coast vs. West Coast interior design that I plan to identify for you below.
East Coast: Bright and airy color palette of light and deep blues, greens, turquoise, whites, greys and some beige.
West Coast: Warm neutral color palette sometimes paired with blues, greens, pastels or unexpected colors. However, colors mainly focus on whites, creams, beiges, grays and other colors found in nature.
RUG, TEXTILES & WALLPAPER PATTERNS
East Coast: Traditional patterns such as stripes, florals, trellis and sometimes ikat or nautical.
West Coast: Exotic patterns such as tropical, African mud cloth and Southwestern.
East Coast: East coast coastal interior design infuses traditional furniture pieces with newer ones to create classic coastal interiors that are elegant and timeless.
East Coast: The materials used in East coast coastal interiors are a combination of natural fabrics/textiles and synthetics that exude sophistication. Expect to see a variety of materials such as; rattan, sisal, wool, cotton, linen, velvet, glass, ceramic bone, brass/gold, etc accented with white hydrangeas and other beautiful florals and greenery.
West Coast: West coast interior design is much more focused on natural materials to create a casual environment. Since the West coast has a warmer climate year round, expect to see light fabrics such as cotton and linen, as well as bleached wood, live edge furniture, earthenware, lime-washed walls, bleached wood and live edge furniture accented with plenty of greenery, pampas grass or a variety of dried stems.
East Coast: In East coast coastal interior design, you'll see modernized versions of traditional lighting for ceiling fixtures and lamps, as well as some some sleek brass/gold, black or even white sconces or picture lights as accent lighting.
West Coast: West coast coastal interiors often use statement lighting often made of natural materials as the focal point of this minimalist design style. However, modern light fixtures in brass/gold and/or black may also be used to make a statement or for accent lighting.
East Coast: The East coast coastal design vibe is a combination of southern charm and sophisticated elegance. Think of places you'd see in The Hamptons, Cape Cod or Charleston.
West Coast: West coast coastal vibes embody a laid-back, relaxed vibe that is also refined. Think Malibu, LA and Monterey.
So that's the gist. Which coastal style do you resonate more with? I feel like I'm a mix of both and look forward to decorating our new home once we arrive in Florida.
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