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Tips for Decorating a Space as a Coastal Retreat


A coat of white paint and updated furnishings turned this oceanfront home into a Coastal Retreat! Amy Crisler interior designer and owner of Urban Cottage in Duck, NC painted a coat of white paint throughout the walls, ceilings and beams. She updated the fabrics and furnishings with light fabrics and accents of bright yellow and hot pink. The new furniture layout provides several seating areas in the one large great room, to accommodate large gatherings. The home now feels like a open airy Coastal Living home.


Before the makeover, the interior was dark and the space lacked seating areas that took advantage of the homes most valuable feature, the view!  The addition of the white paint and the pop of yellow and pink, the space is much more enjoyable and photogenic.  This can be especially valuable for properties that are advertised for rent.  A makeover like this can not only help you enjoy your space to the fullest but also maximize your income potential.





Even an old salt can benefit from the vision and expertise of a designer to maximize the coastal vibe of a space, with or without a view.  Coastal decor is preferred by vacationers who look to excape their residence for tranquil relaxation.  Locals also enjoy displaying their beach combing treasures in their homes, upcycling into custom art or lining walking paths with shells it is common to see the beach influence the style of homeowners.  Many find the excitement of having an Outer Banks home is to decorate it with coastal colors and patterns.

Whether you take pride in styling your own space, or look to a designer for help there is no shortage of inspiration on the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks.  Just take a walk and you will find beauty in the natural hues and patterns found in brilliant sunsets, foamy waves full of shades of blue and green, even the sand when studied more closely is found to have all the colors of the rainbow.  This inspiration will lead you to a space you can enjoy relaxing in even when you are not on vacation.


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