Coastal is a hugely popular decorating style in spring and summer, even in places where the beach is dozens—if not more—miles away. But come fall and winter, many people put away their breezy nautical décor and accessories in favor of an earthier, more saturated and substantial look. If you’re one of those people and always bemoan the stashing of your favorite seafaring items, we’ve got great news: there’s an easy way to adapt coastal decorating for the chillier months. Annie’s got your primer right here:
- Trade pale and tropical hues for colors with more intensity. For example, if you’ve got lots of turquoise or aqua accents around the house, swap them out with navy or indigo. Likewise, hunter and pine green make great substitutes for summery citrus or sage, and gold is a gorgeous substitute for lemon during the fall and winter. No need to change out your furniture; the whitewashed and lighter weathered woods that are staples in coastal decorating still look crisp and easygoing when contrasted with saturated colors.
- Switch out gauzy fabrics for more substantial ones. If you’ve got a breezy voile quilt on your bed, try layering it with (or switching it out for) a duvet in a soft, tactile velvet or a heavyweight linen. Decorative pillows and throws are another easy—and affordable—way to layer in extra texture, so pile on the fleece, cable and sweater knits, and drapey matelassés.
- Give your favorite rooms a new view. One of the easiest and most impactful changes you can make is in your window panels or curtains. Put away the sheers and opt for opaque cottons and linens with beautiful patterns or embellishments like embroidery and applique.
- Don’t forget the floors. We love a cotton or indoor/outdoor rug for coastal decorating and think it can do wonders in elongating a space, but for fall and winter, our money is on area rugs that feel plush and cozy underfoot. We bring in micro-hooked wools, woven jutes, and hand-knotted wools for just this purpose. Stripes are a classic choice for a nautical design, but you can also try a bright geometric or solid for an updated take on preppy attitude.
- Add some embellishments. This is especially true if you usually favor a more streamlined coastal style for spring and summer. Try throw pillows with embroidery, hand-knotted or shell appliques, or heavyweight woven fabrics like wool and recycled polyester.
How do you update your coastal look for fall and winter?