Coastal kitsch meets submariner style as the nautical trend goes below deck to find its inspiration.
Just as we rely upon the ebb and flow of the tide, you can expect the coastal trend to return to fashion time and time again. ‘Nautical but nice’ décor has the wow-factor all year round, but proves particularly popular over the summer months.
Ever since the first sailor donned a Breton shirt - and early tourists relaxed in stripy deckchairs - stripes have been associated with the seaside. The motif is also ideal for interiors, as it has a classic appeal which never seems to date. If you’d like to introduce the pattern to your home with striped blinds, here are our favourite ways to ‘learn your lines’.
Choose a cool palette
Blue and white combinations are ideal if you’d like to add a ‘splash’ of coastal cool to your surroundings. In this case, we picked out Downton Blue Roman blinds for our conservatory. The overall effect is wonderfully refreshing - just like dipping your toes in the ocean!
Go traditional or contemporary
One of the best things about stripes is their versatility. Ticking stripes have a traditional feel, while bold blocks of colour supply a contemporary vibe. This Stewart Charcoal Roman blind combines the best of both worlds in our study.
Pick ice cream tones
If blues aren’t your cup of tea, how about a smattering of sugary shades instead? Ice cream tones are brilliant for recreating that ‘stroll along the promenade’ feel. This Hatti Raspberry design from our latest Roman blinds range was just the ticket for our living room.
Layer your stripes
The good news is that the fun doesn’t have to stop when you find the right striped blinds. For a lovely layered look, you could team them with stripy curtains. In our bedroom, these Riviera Mist curtains were the perfect partners for our Hatti Mineral Roman blind.
Mix different prints
Another benefit of stripes is that they’re great mixers. As well as working beautifully together, they complement florals, polka dots and most other prints. In our little one’s room, we paired a Lollipop Red Roman blind with these fun Anchors Away curtains. All hands on deck!
Accessorise the space
Once your windows are gleaming like the ship’s galley, it’s time to consider the small details. Here, we went to town with a beautiful beach hut theme to finish off our Harrogate Blue Roller blinds. And you can set the scene too, with distressed driftwood and sea shell ornaments.
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