For those of us who live in coastal counties we are never too far from the sea, and can enjoy the advantages of all that comes with living such a lovely location.

From beach combing for sea glass and shells, taking to the water in boats, or enjoying the fruits of the sea with delicious local catches, the many benefits of our seaside location are to be treasured. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, the influence of this outdoor way of life often finds its way into our home with the ever popular trend for nautical interiors.

This season is no exception will all manner of seaside-inspired furnishings to be found in many stores and online.  But rather than dressing your home with the kitsch, keep it clean and contemporary. From navy to indigo or denim, blues of every hue are a key part of any coastal decor scheme. For a stunning effect they can be used on walls with pigment rich paints, ombre fabrics for curtains or cushions, or Ikat rugs for the floor. Whether painted on the wall or used with the occasional decorative accent, blues are extremely popular and provide a striking background to brass and copper accessories. For a more muted look driftwood colours in soft greys and browns provide a lighter and airier alternative for walls, floors and accessories.

If you feel inspired to bring a maritime look into your home how about Ralph Lauren’s curtain fabric (via Chesapeake – White/Navy FRL029/02, 137cm wide, £117/m? This is a “crisp cotton with technical illustrations which capture the spirit and adventure of the nautical world”.

If your heart beats for the Côte d’Azur Ralph Lauren also supply an evocative wallpaper, Homeport Novelty in Graphite PRL030/02 and Marine PRL030/03, £64/roll on which “a Riviera motif makes for a modern paper with a traditional air. Painterly and refined [it will add] a delightful accent to any setting”.

There are a vast range of tasteful, nautically-inspired soft furnishings available for your home. Dress your bed with the John Lewis ( Nordic Houses Duvet cover and pillowcase set in Pale Grey 62735201 from £40.00 for a single set. “Inspired by the eye-catching architecture and waterways of Scandinavia, this striking pattern will lend bedroom interiors a contemporary coastal look.”

For a sophisticated addition to your living space how about the Grey Lexington Floor Lamp from ? Priced at £135.00 with 3 adjustable legs, elegant chrome fixings and grey shade, this affordable lamp will cast an elegant light over your coastal home and the sea will never feel very far away!

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