Trends 2007: Beachy Keen
Surf's Up! We kicked off our trend report with and , but with so many other hot looks out there, let's explore a few more. For this trend, think beach parties, palm trees, and lots of California cool, and relaxed interiors. You can even support the environment by incorporating pieces that are eco-friendly, especially with Beachy Keen because so much of the look is based on what's au natural. We're talking more Denmark or coastal Maine faded vs. preppy.
The Look: Serene and subtle, natural shapes and finishes, sun-kissed. Images of sea, sand, pebbles, driftwood, and raw raffia come to mind. The look incorporates light and medium wood tones, and plenty of organic materials and fibers. Try to find sustainable, durable products when you can. Beachy Keen can be relaxed and soft (slipcover sofas, for instance), or streamlined and contemporary (a chair in wicker and chrome). Look for pieces with clean lines and uncomplicated, organic patterns. Bring the outdoors in to immerse yourself in a total resort-like atmosphere with lots of found objects neatly arranged. It's all about personal preference.
As with any look, don't lay it on thick... You want your home to function and breathe and it can't if smothered to death. Think of the coast when it is quiet - a few people, some gulls in flight, you, the sand and surf. Nice vision, isn't it? Now think of the beach during peak season with wall-to-wall bodies, so packed you can barely see the sand. Not as rela a thought. Same with your home. Packing a room with too much visual clutter isn't the goal here, Beachy Keen is about good organization and well thought out displays and a smart floor plan. Lean on having too little over an abundance. If you have collections you'd like to use in the room, pottery or jars of shells that you collect, group them together in one place so they can be appreciated. Scattering them doesn't show them off nearly as well. It's hard for the eye to appreciate any one object in a room that is too busy. Examine the images below for further confirmation. Aren't they soothing?
To create your very own peaceful escape, here are some beautiful pieces to get you started, from lighting to linens. Have fun!
Furniture - Wood, wood, wood! In blonde or acorn, monkeypod, walnut, bamboo, driftwood, teak, elm, wicker, rattan, or painted in white or pastel. Lacquered works if it's pastel, acrylic if it's clear, and glass top tables with a wood base work fine as well. You can mix periods - think fusion bohemian. Lines can be raw and natural, traditional (mid century European pieces, such as Finnish or Scandinavian pieces) or clean and contemporary. Here are some examples. In addition to options below, try for some painted wood furnishings that may suit your tastes. I'm more of a clean, contemporary girl myself, so most of what is featured in this post are items I would own or suggest to my clients.
Clockwise from top left: from Z Gallerie, from Pier 1, from Bleu Nature, from Bleu Nature, rolling table from showroom.
Benches and tables, clockwise from top left: from Viva Terra, from Anthropologie, and the from Branch Home.
Prints range from organic shapes to wood grain, palm branches, stripes, sea fans, and bamboo. Keep metals to a minimum, although a little silver or gold goes a long way, especially hammered or in a matte finish.
Textiles from .
from West Elm add color and texture.
from Judy Ross and the from Anthropologie.
Cozy throws add warmth in more ways than one. from Nate Berkus at Linens 'n Things, and the from Anthropologie.
Contemporary and clean from West Elm. A great gender neutral option.
Roost and Roost via Velocity Art + Design.
Rugs from Angela Adams via .
or the from Anthropologie.
Walls: Never forget the power of wallpaper! Grasscloth is ideal. Think of non-tacky ways to bring the sea home without it becoming a theme park. You can do it!
from Rollout, and via Velocity Art + Design (I love this in white, makes a terrific, airy room divider).
from Smith + Noble and 3-D Gap laine felt blinds from (love!), and the and curtains are from Anthropologie.
Surprise! These light fixtures are from .
I'm so impressed with their selection this season.
Surprise! More beauties. I love these.
Think tactile. The felt loop lighting by is gorgeous, as is the via Zia Priven.
Pendant love! Top row: from Moth, and from Bleu Nature.
bottom row: (hey, why not?) and Galbraith and Paul from Room + Board.
Clockwise from left: Zia Priven , from Pier 1, from Horchow, from Anthropologie, from CB2.
from Angela Adams, from Lekker, from Crate and Barrel.
Medium Teal , , (great for succulents), , all from Sprout Home.
Clockwise: , , , and the from Pier 1.
More great tabletop options from Pier 1. , , and the .
from Viva Terra and from Greener Grass Design.
from Rare Device, from Hable Construction (sweet to hang around the neck of a pretty glass bottle), from Loop in London, and from West Elm.
from Papa Stour in Scotland.
from West Elm
Soap, soap leaves, and candles from
Pretty from Rock Paper Scissors, Hable Construction from Rock Paper Scissors, and from See Jane Work.
Psst: I highly suggest picking up the current , it's all about going green. You can even find their that Graham from pulled togther for them. It's packed with resources from furniture to rugs, many of which would fit nicely with your new ocean-inspired decor.