The interior equivalent of a breath of fresh sea air, this laid-back mix of white wood and invigorating hues will make every day feel like summer.

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Love this dining room

  • White furniture makes this scheme feel light and bright – opt for classic, colonial shapes to keep it sophisticated.
  • Floaty curtains in a floral design add a feminine touch to counter all the white.
  • Add plenty of plants – potted flowers in wicker baskets are an easy DIY update.
  • Combine vintage crockery with ship’s lanterns and collected seashore finds to add colour and interest to every surface.

 

Styling Tip

Update dining-chair seat pads in a sunny yellow shade to add a splash of colour that complements your accessories.

 

Good Idea

Bunting adds an instantly jolly, holiday feel. Make your own by sewing fabric-sample triangles on to ribbon.

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Decorating with shoreline textures

Rustic Wood - Whitewashed cladding on walls, simple shelving and an oak-toned tabletop provide subtle character and help the room look warm and welcoming.

Natural Linen - Rough, tactile and relaxed, choose this unbleached fabric to reupholster furniture, dress windows, or use as napkins and runners for informal dining.

 

How to craft a display

  • Transform picture frames by colouring in calming hues. Sand them down, clean off the dust and apply a chalky matt paint (try Annie Sloan).
  • When dry, prop against a wall and use to showcase your treasured pictures, postcards and seaside finds.
  • Finish by adorning with beads and hang bottles holding single flower stems from the frames with twine.

 

Photography: Holly Joliffe

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