As a long-standing Gold Coast builder, we’ve lost count of how many clients are looking for a coastal design. But what does that actually mean? Integrating a coastal design in your home doesn’t mean you have to build by the beach – in fact, even a country home can feature elements of Australia’s famous coastline.

Here are a few of our favourite ways to bring the coastal lifestyle into your home design.

Organic elements

A coastal design has an intrinsic connection to nature, so it’s important to incorporate organic elements into your design. Driftwood is a common occurrence along the sand, so why not go searching for your own before upcycling it into a feature piece? Depending on its size, it could work as a part of larger furniture, or hanging on the walls as a piece of art.

Light or mid-toned timber is also a fantastic choice for flooring, as it introduces a natural texture while hiding dirt and dust.

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Colour palette

One of the easiest ways to create a sense of seaside living in your home is through the colours. A neutral colour palette of whites and sand-based colours can form the foundation, complemented by splashes of blue to remind you and your guests of the great outdoors and rolling waves.

Blue also happens to be a calming colour, so is a great way to introduce a sense of relaxation to living areas or bedrooms. However, don’t fall into the trap of thinking it’s just for the walls – statement colours can be used across furniture, cabinets, sinks, tapware and much more.

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Wall decoration

With the floors, colours and timber detailing decided, it’s time to think about your walls. There are a few ways of integrating coastal design features into this area. The first is through a feature wall, using tiles or textured paint.

For something less permanent, you could hang beach-inspired prints, photographs or artworks. A statement piece – perhaps a large-scale photo of a beach scene – can evoke a coastal aesthetic, while also remaining sophisticated.

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Large windows and doors

An essential part of coastal living is allowing as much light and air through your home as possible. The best way to do this is by integrating large windows and doors into your overall home design. In your living areas, consider installing doors that can open fully – stacked, sliding, bi-fold and French doors are all good options. This will encourage a seamless flow from the indoor to outdoor areas, while also making it easy to flood your living areas with sunshine and fresh air.

In bedrooms, bathrooms and other areas of your home, opt for large windows that allow cross ventilation, natural light and the opportunity to admire the surrounding landscape – whatever that might be!

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If you’re looking to create a luxury coastal home on the Gold Coast, get in touch with our team. We’d be happy to talk through your design and how you can get the most out of your budget.

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