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Trend Alert: Coastal Boho | Freedom

If you’re double tapping on interior snaps with hash tags like #carefreevibes, #seasideliving and #resortstyle, then it’s a sign you’re all about the coastal boho look, which at its heart, captures the simple yet captivating charm of our sprawling coastlines. It’s a versatile interior trend that strikes a balance between natural beauty and uncomplicated design.

Colour and texture

The coastal boho trend begins with a pared-back palette, which also makes the perfect backdrop for your favourite mementoes. The key is to avoid a look that’s too crisp by turning to nature and layering materials. Using white as your base tone, add items with timber accents or pops of pastel, this will bring warmth to the coolness of white.

Look to wall art or cushions in sorbet tones to add a hit of personality to your space. Furniture pieces made from timber, raffia baskets as storage solutions or a woven floor rug are great ways to create a layered look. And it’s not only the natural tones that make these pieces a great fit for the coastal boho look – the artisanal appeal of a woven piece is true to the trend. In true eclectic, bohemian style, the allure of a piece crafted with care, which also adds texture to your scheme is the perfect fit. These are the accents that pull the whole look together.

Hero furniture

When it comes to furniture, coastal boho is all about selecting pieces with care and mastering that easy breezy feel. Your key pieces of furniture really have to earn their spot so maximise your space and avoid clutter. Go for pieces you love that act as an anchor, whether its through their colour palette or material makeup.

In the living room, the sofa is the main event – so it’s going to be the deciding factor in the overall feel. Comfort is king in the coastal boho look, so choose sofas with generous proportions and calm hues. Similarly, in the bedroom, opt for a bed that is cosy and has warm features – a solid timber frame or tactile fabric detail is a decorative touch that lends itself well to the coastal boho theme.

Personal touches

True to the best of summer style and holiday vibes, the coastal boho trend really comes to life when you add your own personal trinkets and mementoes. Create a story when decorating the console or shelf unit – think family photos in sun-bleached timber frames, shells collected on a holiday and time-worn treasures that veer slightly nautical for a contemporary feel.

The appealing thing about this trend is that its blank canvas means you can layer your own memories, just like a beach house that holds onto the best of summer. From the sandy toes, salty hair and sun-kissed smiles, coastal boho gives your interiors a feel that you’ll always want to come home to, no matter the season.

"A soft, neutral, raw palette that represents the Australian coast. Think blue and white hues paired back with natural textures and layers. An eclectic home curated with treasures found on the beach create an interesting back story. My faves in this category include the timeless Benson, a deep curl-up sofa with some of our new cushions such as BorlaBayou and Monti, finished off with the Orissa rug and Sunshine shore framed canvas. Don’t forget a cluster of gorgeous baskets, a snuggly throw and some interesting lighting."

- freedom interior decorator, Jill Clements

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