Layering with white and colour for Coastal vintage style
Wed 8th, May, 2013
Helloo, yes Beach Cottage lovelies you did read colour in that heading.
Let the layering up for coastal vintage style begin!
I recently got this email from reader Marie
Sarah, I have been following your blog for a few months now and have made small changes to go coastal, so far so good, its quite awesome the difference it has made even though I am many miles from the coast. I have been finding vintage things from op-shops and adding them to the furniture I already have. Just wondering how you go about colder weather coastal style though? I bought new (reduced in a sale) white bed linen from a local store but its very white, too white especially as it’s not Summer – any ideas? I am on a small budget. I love how you show pictures from your actual house rather than magazines to show what you have done, it makes it more achievable for me when I look around at my house! Thanks, I hope you don’t mind me emailing you as I know you are busy.
With this in mind, I snapped a few pics with my phone as I layered up the bed as the weather cools down here…I love emails like this and I am going to start popping them on the blog a lot more, seeing as I do get quite a few of them and it’s inspiring to me to see readers who have made the move to make little changes to coastal things up without spending a lot of money, I thought you might like it too.
A lot of people don’t like white on it’s own though, I have definitely learnt this the last few years from the comments and emails I have had (unlike me, the more white the better) but if you go with the basics in white and keep the budget pretty low on those it’s quite easy to add pops of colour with other bits…plus it’s super easy to change things out and change your look if you keep a lot of it neutral like the walls, floors and window dressings.
So this is what I love to do in our old cottage for a bit of layered up nautical!
1. Texture I love to add different textures and I love a cable knit throw here there and everywhere, crochet, quilting, cottons…mix ‘em up and love ‘em.
2. Layering – easy to get some interest and comfort with layers of different fabrics, colours and feels.
3. Rugs – I also like to bring in rugs, I have large coir rugs from IKEA for main areas that are winter-time friendly keeping out the draughts from the floorboards plus just feeling warmer and I like to add smaller rugs here and there (like beside the bed here)
4. Pops of colour for Winter? Yep all the way with those, very easy to add in cooler weather because you can add layers of different hues of a colour. Keeping the palette to 2 or 3 is good and obviously blue is nice for a coastal vintage feel or a beachy look, I like more on the aqua side but pale blue, navy blue and royal blue all work too.
5. Cushions – love me a cushion-scape, and a few different cushions can add a whole new look to your room for not much…I love to have lots of different cushions in this old cottage, different shapes (always on the lookout for round ones) are cool, different fabrics, I always include a neutral nautical stripe and for cooler weather it’s nice to add a few wool and cable knit cushions without having to change anything else in the room…
And of course, if all else fails, just prop around some old and worn tan cowboy boots and an old white-washed oar, always good for a bit of vintage style with a coastal twist.
That’s it from me for and my layering…
. See you soon, I have a few more Pottery Barn bits and bobs to blog, and the giveaway, plus the iPad Mini winner to annouce…