Coastal Chic: Kitting out your holiday home
Fresh, stylish and easy to create the coastal-chic vibe is the perfect look for any holiday home – be it a caravan in Skegness, a beach hut in Bournemouth or a thatched cottage in Cornwall.
Your bathroom is the perfect place to start sculpting your coastal scene. Think shades of blue and crisp whites for your colour palette; keep your storage units white and leave the colour for the walls and window coverings – blue vertical blinds will create a true beach feel with their oh-so nautical theme. See if you can find the perfect nautical blinds for your seaside retreat. To accessorise use nautical items as your theme; model boats, big and unusual shells, dolphin trinkets and anchor wall hangings will keep your look fresh and authentic. Keep your towels blue and white to maintain a constant look throughout.
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For your living room try stripping back any old carpet to expose the floorboards. You’ve then got two options; polish and leave as bare wood or coat them in a white-wash for a nautical feel. Otherwise match those natural wood tones with some personalised craftwood shutters from Hillarys. If your floor-boards are pine or a light shade of wood, it’s probably best to white-wash them to maximise the coastal look. The same can be said for your cabinets and storage – unless your coffee table or dresser is a deep, dark wood it will look much better white-washed. An oversized nautical chart would make a great feature for a wall hanging.
For colours, teal-grey and silvery blues will work really well here. If your living space is big enough to warrant a feature wall, try a shade of aqua-marine. If you’re pushed for space, keep your walls white and use bright colours such as turquoise on accessorise to inject bright bursts of colour.
Creating a coastal-chic and cosy holiday home is simple, easy and a really good investment as it’s such a timeless look.
While you’re getting your home ready for the Christmas period, Hillarys are giving everyone the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes in their Advent Calendar Competition. Top prizes this year include an iPad Mini, a Kindle Fire, an iPod Nano, plus £100 Hillarys vouchers and iTunes vouchers. Of course any self respecting advent calendar also contains chocolate, so we’re giving away lots of yummy Hotel Chocolate Cool Yule giant slabs as well! Head over to the Hillarys Blinds Facebook page for a chance to win every day until Christmas Eve!