Decoding Interior Design Styles: Coastal, French Country & Transitional


Decoding Interior Design Styles: Coastal, French Country & Transitional

Welcome back to another episode of decoding interior design styles!


In this blog post, we’re tackling another three interior design styles: Coastal, French Country, and Transitional. Keep reading to learn all about them — and surf through our blog to read our other posts in this series.


Coastal


The Coastal interior design style is all about capturing the serenity and laid-back vibes of the shore. From the beautiful blue skies to the fine gold sand, this design style reflects natural seaside elements, bringing the ambience of your favourite waterfront resort right into your interior.


This design style originated on the Atlantic coast, where people used it to decorate their seaside homes. Over the years, the Coastal style has become less literal and focuses more on bringing the outside (read: beach) in.


The colour palette of the Coastal design style focuses on crisp whites, pale creams, layered blues (especially pops of navy), and even hues of green. You can also find a variety of browns, caramels, and golds. This style is big on striped patterns, jute textures, and linen upholstery.


The Coastal interior design style is all about capturing the serenity and laid-back vibes of the shore. From the beautiful blue skies to the fine gold sand, this design style reflects natural seaside elements, bringing the ambience of your favourite waterfront resort right into your interior.  This design style originated on the Atlantic coast, where people used it to decorate their seaside homes. Over the years, the Coastal style has become less literal and focuses more on bringing the outside (read: beach) in.  The colour palette of the Coastal design style focuses on crisp whites, pale creams, layered blues (especially pops of navy), and even hues of green. You can also find a variety of browns, caramels, and golds. This style is big on striped patterns, jute textures, and linen upholstery.

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Coastal materials include those you’d find on coastlines — if that wasn’t obvious already. Natural woods, rattan, jute, and airy fabrics are warmly welcomed in this style.


Lighting is a critical element in coastal interior design. Interiors should feel open and airy with maximal natural light. The aim is to break the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors. Think glass doors, large windows, and plenty of fixtures.


Coastal materials include those you’d find on coastlines — if that wasn’t obvious already. Natural woods, rattan, jute, and airy fabrics are warmly welcomed in this style.   Lighting is a critical element in coastal interior design. Interiors should feel open and airy with maximal natural light. The aim is to break the boundaries between the indoors and outdoors. Think glass doors, large windows, and plenty of fixtures.

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Finally, coastal furniture should be made of rattan, wicker, or light weathered woods. Pieces that contribute to a relaxing ambience are allowed to make a statement, whilst rugs made of straw or seagrass are the cherry on the cake.


Finally, coastal furniture should be made of rattan, wicker, or light weathered woods. Pieces that contribute to a relaxing ambience are allowed to make a statement, whilst rugs made of straw or seagrass are the cherry on the cake.

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To incorporate the Coastal interior design style into your space, complement a neutral interior with pops of blue and plenty of striped patterns. Focus on natural materials and make sure lots of natural light can make its way inside.


French Country


Inspired by the homes in the French countryside, French Country is an interior design style that features casual elegance. It is the perfect blend between a sophisticated and rustic ambience, and features upholstered pieces and patterned fabric. This design style truly brings a slice of French Provence into the interior!


The colour palette of French Country features hues that can be found on the warm side of the colour wheel. Soft pinks, warm yellows, and creams are the major colours found in this design style. It also focuses on neutral colours with warm undertones.


Inspired by the homes in the French countryside, French Country is an interior design style that features casual elegance. It is the perfect blend between a sophisticated and rustic ambience, and features upholstered pieces and patterned fabric. This design style truly brings a slice of French Provence into the interior!  The colour palette of French Country features hues that can be found on the warm side of the colour wheel. Soft pinks, warm yellows, and creams are the major colours found in this design style. It also focuses on neutral colours with warm undertones.

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Natural materials with weathered appearances make a statement in French Country. Wood-beamed ceilings, planked floors, and stone fireplaces can be commonly found in this design style.


The lighting should have a distressed appearance, as you’d find in rustic decor. Think rustic chandeliers and metallic Candelabra light bulbs.


Natural materials with weathered appearances make a statement in French Country. Wood-beamed ceilings, planked floors, and stone fireplaces can be commonly found in this design style.  The lighting should have a distressed appearance, as you’d find in rustic decor. Think rustic chandeliers and metallic Candelabra light bulbs.

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French Country furniture is all about comfort and style. Seating is usually upholstered and paired with throw pillows and cushions. Coffee and dining tables are typically graceful yet distressed (milk and chalk paint can help achieve the look).


French Country furniture is all about comfort and style. Seating is usually upholstered and paired with throw pillows and cushions. Coffee and dining tables are typically graceful yet distressed (milk and chalk paint can help achieve the look).

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To achieve the French Country look in your interior, incorporate vintage furnishings, lots of wood, and softly patterned fabrics over a muted interior.


Transitional


The Transitional interior design style is a sophisticated mix of contemporary and classic. It is a warm, collected, and timeless style. Transitional style blends luxury and comfort, modern and antique, masculine and feminine.


This blend is achieved by putting together traditional and modern elements. For example, mount a sleek, contemporary lighting fixture and juxtapose it with traditional wall panelling. Alternatively, you could use an elaborate, traditional chandelier amidst contemporary walls.

Minimal accessories, high-performing fabrics, and functional furnishings are an integral part of this design style.