July Smart DesignTips

Bringing in a beachy vibe for the summer has come a long way from anchors, mermaids and canvas striped fabrics.  Coastal-style is the new trend. Here are some SMART tips to help you catch that design wave.

Make a coastal statement:  Paint a wall, powder room, patio piece or vintage furniture item using one of the soft pastel colors that are on trend: grey-blue, creamy sand beige, seafoam green.

Accessorize with the unexpected:  Instead of seashells – use white coral or clear seaglass to enhance a mono-scheme or introduce pops of beach colors with pink coral or blue-green colored seaglass.  Follow-up with throw pillows, area rugs or lamp bases in the same shade. Add anything driftwood.

Re-work the Artwork:  DIY or enlist the kids to create pop-art pictures with splashes or streaks of beachy colors. No artist? Then purchase sea-scape, sea-life or framed urchins from your favorite big-box store.

Texture and summer are the perfect pairing:  Introduce some linen drapery panels for a light, airy coastal look. Natural grass cloths work for area rugs, wallpaper and baskets to hold colorful beach towels or sun paraphernalia.  One piece of wicker, rattan or bamboo can give a beachy new vibe to any room.