5 ways to make your home feel like a coastal retreat

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Freshen up your décor and discover how easy it is to create your own relaxed retreat with Freedom’s new Coastal Cool collection

5 ways to make your home feel like a coastal retreat

Whether you want your home to feel like a dreamy beach resort or you’re looking for just a subtle nod to the seaside, Freedom’s new collection – Coastal Cool, makes it easy to treat your interior to the ultimate makeover.

Inspired by New Zealand’s rugged coastline, Coastal Cool sets the scene for laid-back living. With its soft colours, tactile textures and raw materials, this collection is all about simplicity with a hint of boho-chic style. Whether your home is beachside or in the city centre, we’ll show you how to effortlessly create a year-round holiday vibe.

1. Coastal retreat colours

Step away from the bold blues, bright reds and nautical stripes usually associated with the beach; this coastal retreat trend is all about muted, windswept colours. Coastal Cool’s base colours of ecru, natural white, stone and pebble greys are the perfect neutral combination – so it’s easy to add this look into any style of home. To add warmth to this pared-back palette, use nature-inspired colours like bleached wood, rusty browns and sage greens in the form of pillows, throws and lighting. Add black accessories and navy blues sparingly to add depth to the look.

2. Furniture style

Simplicity and comfort is the key to this coastal-retreat style. Think low slung furniture with clean lines, natural materials and over sized cushions for the ultimate lounging experience. Choose a long sofa to sink into and pair with a matching occasional chair or textured ottoman. A coffee table in whitewashed wood is a classic coastal choice while a raw timber dining table will add a rustic feel to your space.

3. Fabrics

When you have a subdued colour palette, texture is an important way to add depth and interest to your interior. Washed, crumpled linens, natural fibres and heavy woven knits should take centre stage in your coastal retreat look. Layer your sofa with textured and tasseled cushions and add a chunky knit throw for extra comfort during the winter months. Plush rugs, woven wall hangings and heavy draped curtains will also add an another layer of warmth to your home.

4. Lighting 

Carefully curated lighting will help you to set the scene in your interior. Lamps play an important role in the Coastal Cool trend by creating ambience and tying the style together. Use lamps with bleached wood legs and linen look shade to create cosy corners, or try a glass lamp with basket netting for a modern twist on seaside style. Driftwood inspired floor lamps and pendant lights looped with Edison bulbs will instantly transport you to the beach and add to that laidback feeling.

5. Styling

Freedom’s Coastal Cool collection makes it easy to instantly update your home and turn it into a coastal retreat. This trend is all about getting back to nature which is why this collection is filled with furniture and soft furnishings designed around raw materials and fabrics. The secret to this style is to keep your big ticket items, like your sofa and coffee table, simple and then layer with pillows, throws, rugs and wall art. Use large leafy indoor plants for a pop of colour and connection to nature and place the pots inside woven baskets to add an extra element of texture. Hang seaside inspired prints to evoke the relaxed vibes of the beach and celebrate artisanal design in the form of vases and baskets.

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