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Stylish homes ahoy; Like the tides, the seaside trend returns time and time again. Gabrielle Fagan goes beachcombing for home products, so you can dive into the coastal look with style this summer.

THERE'S something special about being close to water, wide expanses of sea and sky, and living with open doors and broad horizons.

So captivating is their style that it returns every year, sending a wave of seaside-inspired looks through interiors both near and far from the coast.

"Cool, calming colours, natural materials, whitewashed floors and soft flowing linens are all indispensable elements of such homes, but so too is a robust practicality," says Sally Hayden, author of At The Water's Edge, which features 12 glorious waterside homes. It ranges from the jaunty pastiche - with blue and white stripes, seaside signs and nautical paraphernalia - to a sophisticated, understated approach, reliant on natural materials, sun-bleached colour palettes and beachcomber finds.

ideas, to help steer you on a stylish course.

WATERY HUES "Large stretches of water reflect the colours of the sky and provide a broad palette to inspire interior decoration," says Hayden.

"Opt for tones ranging from muted blues through to soft greens and subtle turquoises, which bring to mind the sparkle of water and wide cloudless horizons."

Opt for cooler hues with pale aquas and sea greens, while warmer shades complement stronger colours like navy, terracotta and brown.

SHORE THING: Go into the wide blue yonder with the pale blue First Dawn, Dulux Matt Emulsion, PS18.98 for 2.5 litres (08444 817 817/

BUOYANT & BEACHY "Blues are a natural choice for a nautical look. Create the illusion of warm, clear skies in your home, by keeping your walls more muted and adding a bolder blue to the ceiling, for a fresh and dynamic style that will take you away to your dream destination," says Rebecca Thompson, senior colour and design manager at Dulux.

SHORE THING: For a bold feature wall or ceiling, the deep turquoise Striking Cyan Dulux Matt Emulsion, PS12.98 for 1.25 litres, B&Q, is ideal.

Echo the atmosphere of the seaside of yesteryear with retro-inspired Beach Wallpaper, PS150 a roll, and a matching Lowestoft Cushion, PS55, Michelle Mason (

BEACHCOMBING FINDS "Sun hats, vintage tennis racquets, wooden oars and other beach paraphernalia can be displayed as decorative elements in a coastal retreat," Hayden says. "Maps or navigation charts are popular adornments, while nostalgic postcards have a similar effect.

Nautical artwork grouped together can create a dramatic effect on a wall."

SHORE THING: Float the style without breaking the bank with Sainsbury's accessories, which include a Tu Navy Beach arrow sign, PS5 (0800 636 262/www.sainsburys. No shore retreat's authentic without seagulls, and a couple of Anorak Seagulls Cushions, PS37 each, from John Lewis, could add instant coastal atmosphere ( 0845 6049 049/www.johnlewis.

com). Set the captain's table with the four-piece blue and white striped Ahoy Mug Set, PS8.50, from Sabichi (01909 544 570/www.sabichi.

| At The Water's Edge by Sally Hayden, photography Earl Carter, is published by Ryland Peters & Small, priced PS19.99 WHITER SHADE OF PALE "White doesn't have to mean stark and cold. Combine it with natural materials like wood, linen, coir and seagrass, and their sun-bleached tones suggest a summery, beachy palette," Hayden says.

Resilient, hard-wearing natural textiles will enhance rooms, with cotton an obvious choice. Striped ticking works well too, Hayden suggests, and linen sits harmoniously beside rustic wood and unpolished stone.

SHORE THING: Plantation shutters let light flood in and ensure privacy, or screen an outlook which may not be shore-side! The Shutterly Fabulous range starts from PS290 a square metre for standard colours, and from PS320 for custom finishes (0800 012 6615/www.shutterlyfabulous.

com). Complement a serene setting with Linea's Rennes light wood furniture range, currently on sale from PS299 (normally priced from PS369), House of Fraser (0870 160 7270/www.houseoffraser.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 6, 2013
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