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As Orange County interior designers, we’ve had many opportunities designing homes on the coast. We’re going to give you some simple design tips that you can incorporate into your own coastal interiors.

Blue and White Coastal Interior

Tip #1 – Use a blue and white color palette

Blues and white add a nautical and coastal feel to a room. The striped rug, coral on the coffee table and ship wheel on the right side of the room add the finishing touches.

Burlap and White Beach Interior

Tip #2 – Add a Sisal Rug and Sea Life Throw Pillows

This burlap and white beach cottage is complete with the throw pillows and sisal rug. The rope tied table lamp and star fish in a wooden bowl underneath the coffee table enhance the look.

Seafoam and Coral Beach Vignette

Tip #3 – Find Driftwood on the Beach

This simple tip is great to add an architectural and rustic feel to your coastal interior. Leaning in the corner (as shown above), mounted on the wall or displayed on a console table. The great thing about driftwood is you can go to the beach and find something and it won’t cost you anything.

Rope Stair Railing

Tip #4 – Accent With Rope

The addition of rope to an interior always adds a coastal and nautical flare. We love the way the dock ties are attached to the steps with the rope as the railing. You could also use rope as a table lamp or even a picture frame.


Tip #5 – Add Wainscoting to Walls

Adding wainscoting to your walls will create nice touch to any coastal interior painted in a crisp white. It creates a ledge for the black and white ocean prints. The use of white furniture creates a crisp look and colorful throw pillows will add a pop of color to the room.

Hopefully these simple tips will give you some inspiration for your coastal interiors inspired rooms. We’d love to see your coastal interiors photos. Send us your thoughts and stop by Christopher James Interiors for more interior design inspiration for coastal interiors.

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Looking for a Brownstone Furniture Dealer in Orange County?

We are proud to announce Christopher James Interiors is now a dealer of Brownstone Furniture in Orange County. We love this collection of furniture and the diverse styles that are¬†offered, from modern and transitional, to rustic and classic. We think you’ll like it too! Here are some of our favorite pieces from the collection…

Treviso Two-Door Accent Chest

Treviso Two Door Accent Chest

Treviso Two Door Accent Chest #TR-002

This chest makes such a great statement! It makes for a beautiful entry piece. This chest looks like it’s painted silver, however, it’s actually crafted out of German silver. This is not a finish, but an actual cladding of metal, meticulously nailed to the surface of the piece.

 Treviso Chest

Treviso Chest and Palmer Canopy Bed

We recently used the Treviso two-door accent chest from Brownstone Furniture in a bedroom design and used them as nightstands along side the Palmer Canopy Bed in the driftwood finish. The pale pink grass wall covering is from Phillip Jeffries.

Atherton Onyx Bed

Atherton Onyx Bed

Atherton Onyx Bed (AT-0050N)

This bed is another one of our favorites. It has a transitional look, allowing you to mix it with modern and traditional furniture. The headboard is upholstered in a washed burlap and also comes in a lighter teak finish. The benches at the foot of the bed are the Atherton Onyx Bench which come in a black and white chevron fabric.

Harrison Bookcase

Harrison Bookcase

Harrison Bookcase (HS-401)

This bookcase has such a clean, modern look. You can use several together to create a larger bookcase if you have a large wall you want to showcase books and accessories on. This bookcase comes in three different colors…chestnut brown (walnut and mahogany wood), driftwood and mink (sandblasted teak wood).

Ibiza Chair

Ibiza Chair

Ibiza Chair (IBD-201)

This chair is streamlined in design, yet remains relaxed and comfortable with a natural khaki linen fabric and solid oak wood frame. It comes in two finishes, driftwood and sepia. The Ibiza chair goes great with the Atherton Teak or Saratoga Dining tables also from Brownstone.

Tangier Herringbone Accent Chest

Tangier Herringbone Chest

Tangier Herringbone Accent Chest (TA-004)

This herringbone chest is hand crafted using buffalo bone and is truly a work of art. Another statement type piece for that special place. The bone is cream and gray and the frame is aged iron.

Marcel Cocktail Table

Marcel Cocktail Table

Marcel Cocktail Table (MR-502)

The Marcel table is made with solid reclaimed elm wood. The intricate pattern of the top further enhances the beauty of the reclaimed wood. This table has a modern yet rustic look and goes great in an industrial style loft or a beach house.

Marcel Chair

Marcel Chair

Marcel Chair (MR-202)

This classic European style slip covered chair is offered in two linen options, natural with a brown bottom border (shown above) or in a solid pewter without a bottom border.

If you are in Orange County, let us know and we can help you with any of these highlighted pieces or any items from the Brownstone collection.

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