You may have noticed, at this moment, in addition to the minimalist style that I have been treating for several months, I regularly tell you about the Modern Glam and seaside atmospheres. It is this last decorative style of which it will be questioned in this article. I have already had the opportunity to give you ideas and advice to create a seaside atmosphere in the dining room and at the entrance. This time, we will focus on another essential part of the house: the living room. We will see why this holiday atmosphere is ideal for a living room and we will also see how to implement this style of decoration at home. I hope this article will give you ideas for inviting rest and vacations in your home!
WHY IS THE SEASIDE STYLE IDEAL FOR THE LIVING ROOM?
Already for the dining room, I found that the seaside style was very interesting. It is synonymous with conviviality and around a table it is important. It is also important in the living room. However, this is not the only advantage of this decorative style.
THE SEASIDE STYLE IS SYNONYMOUS WITH RELAXATION, PERFECT FOR THE LIVING ROOM
Personally, when I think of the seaside, I think of vacations. Even if I lived near the sea when I was still living in France, I did not see it every day. We went there on weekends, sometimes in the late afternoon in summer to have a drink on the terrace. We also went there to Carnival since I come from Dunkirk. In short, even without going very far, going to the beach or seeing the sea, it was during moments of rest. And the sea air does a lot of good! If you do not live near the sea, in general, this atmosphere is synonymous with vacation. And therefore, we have an idea of relaxation. We decompress from the year that has just passed. We fill up on nature, sun and rest. The living room, even if it is a place of life in our interiors, it is also a place where we relax after a day of work. It is a place where we rest on weekends.
FRIENDLINESS AND A PROMISE OF GOOD TIMES
And even if at the seaside you release the pressure, you also spend convivial and simple moments there. We make sandcastles with the youngest, part of snowshoes with the older ones. We also picnic on the sand in the shade of a parasol. So with a seaside style, we work on both the idea of rest and conviviality. These are two objectives for a living room decoration, a living room par excellence. We rest there and spend time with family or friends. We are not going to put deckchairs in place of armchairs. However, we will seek comfort so that everyone can have a good time in the living room. Comfort will go through the sofa and the armchairs, but not only. There will also be a feeling of visual comfort, soft and invigorating at the same time, thanks to the colors and the furniture.
AN ATMOSPHERE EASY TO IMPLEMENT
What is also interesting in the seaside lounge is that it is not a very difficult atmosphere to create in your interior. No need to do “big” jobs or dusty renovations. If your walls are white or neutral in color, you already have a good basis for your decoration. The rest are accessories, which are installed or placed relatively quickly. We change the carpet or the sofa cover. We change the lights in the room. We hang paintings on the wall that recall vacation landscapes. All this does not take much time. If you had a Scandinavian decor in the living room and you start to get tired of it, clear furniture has its place in seaside decor. No need to change the furniture in the living room, that saves you a lot of money!
HOW TO CREATE A SEASIDE ATMOSPHERE IN THE LIVING ROOM?
Now that we have seen the advantages of a seaside decoration, we are going to wonder how to implement it. You will see that it is not very complicated and that you still have a lot of room for maneuver as regards the choice of colors and decoration.
HOW TO USE BLUE IN THE LIVING ROOM?
In the phrase: “seaside”, we have seas. As a result, we will tend to use aquatic colors in the decoration. How to use blue? This is an essential question to ask yourself when you want to create this type of atmosphere. Here are some tips to help you:
- Blue is not an obligation
If you do not like blue – at least not enough to put in the living room – it does not matter. Other colors can recall this special atmosphere. We can think of green, reminiscent of the vegetation on the dunes. There is also a sandy color, warm and soft. Less common, you can use pink or yellow. These colors are tangier and will remind of beach textiles or children’s toys. On the other hand, we will use them with great care so as not to transform your living room into a 90s nightclub where we dance the Lambada.
- Seaside blue is not necessarily navy blue
Even if the name navy blue refers directly to the maritime atmosphere, it is not the only color available to you to enhance your living room. We can think of aqua blue, which is fresh and young. We can also think of a more patinated blue which reflects the passage of time and which damages a little. We can also think of blue/gray which gives a feeling of depth to your decor. Navy blue or dark blues are interesting for many reasons. I nevertheless advise you to use them with reflection so as not to lose brightness. The seaside is a bright style.
- It will not necessarily be the main color of your room
Finally, blue is not necessarily a visually important color in your room. It can be used as a secondary or tertiary color, in addition to a neutral color or a white. Even if you like dark and deep colors, they can find their place in your wall decor or thanks to the textiles that make up your decoration.
FURNITURE THAT REFERS TO THE NAUTICAL STYLE AND HOLIDAYS
Color is not the only thing to take into account for a seaside style. As I said above, even if your living room is initially decorated in a Scandinavian or Nordic atmosphere, the furniture you have will carefree business. We find shades of light wood or weathered wood. We can also think of driftwood which is often used for decorative elements.
The idea of relaxation relating to a seaside vacation may be working thanks to the furniture. We can think for example of a rocking chair. We will also use simple materials to cover the sofa, armchairs, and cushions. What do I mean by simple materials? Unpretentious textiles: cotton, natural fibers … The simplicity of the furniture, its shape and materials will contribute to the idea of relaxation. Rattan furniture which is very trendy at the moment can also find its place in your living room and your decoration.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF SMALL DECORATIVE DETAILS IN A LIVING ROOM WITH A MARINE ATMOSPHERE
Decorative details are important in many decor styles, but in a seaside atmosphere, they mostly refer directly to the beach and vacations.
A WALL DECORATION THAT REFERS TO THE SEA AND THE BEACH
No need to make tons of them: a few photos chosen with the care of the sea or the world relating to the sea are enough. It can be photos of families in black and white, memories of past holidays. It can also be a beacon with a raging sea, in full storm, a large format posed above the sofa. We can also think of a series of images and landscapes. To choose your illustrations well, it has to speak to you. Do you like Brittany? Why not choose only Breton landscapes to decorate the walls of your living room. You prefer distant and tropical atmospheres: palm trees can be part of the photos you choose to compose your wall decoration. Are you passionate about boats or maritime sports? It also works. The seaside style is not fixed and defined by a type of object.
DECORATIVE LIGHTING FOR A SEASIDE STYLE
Light, regardless of the style of decoration, is important in any room of the house. (I am currently devoting a series of articles on lighting and luminaires, you will easily find them by browsing the blog). In a marine atmosphere that refers to the beach and vacations, we also have the idea of brightness. And unlike the beach, in the living room, you can adjust the brightness. We will find the main fixture to light the whole room. We will also work on the secondary lighting to create an atmosphere that is both bright and cozy. Yellow light is preferable to white light, much cooler. The design, the materials that make up the lights will help you perfect your decor. We think of woven rattan or wicker lights. They are very trendy and can easily be found in stores. (I put a link at the bottom of this article about this). We can also think of glass associated with metal or fabric shades in neutral shades.
WANT MORE INSPIRATION FOR A SEASIDE LOUNGE?
I leave you with a few images that should give you even more ideas to create this type of atmosphere in your living room.
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