Everyone dreams of a home overlooking the sea – Atlantic, Pacific, or Gulf. It may be tropical with waves gently lapping and breezes softly blowing. Or it may be more dramatic with the surf crashing on the rocks and seagulls soaring overhead – just like here in Maine. For some it is a vacation get-away – for others a year-round retreat. A coastal cottage can even be found inland or in the city – bringing the lure of the sea into your home.
Coastal decorating uses natural nautical colors – blue, green, aqua, coral, light brown, white. Tropical beach houses tend to use more pastels – with warmer tones found more in northern climes. Pacific coastal style is often more sophisticated with a blend of Old World European furnishings and Asian accents. Atlantic and New England cottages are more relaxed with nautical themes and American Colonial motifs. Wicker rules on the Gulf Coast with a Caribbean influence in a tropical paradise.
All coastal beach house style homes love natural materials that are easy to care for. Use materials that can withstand the elements – sun, salt, moisture and sand.
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