Aside from being a lover of all things design and decorating, I have a soft spot for film – especially those that inspire creatively. Films have a wealth of information on period styles and various decorating themes; they can also help you to establish the right mood and atmosphere in the home.
Quite surprisingly, I found myself thinking of the cult film Jaws, Spielberg’s mega blockbuster of the seventies. This is a good example of a film that can inspire home decorating without having much in the way of interior décor in its scenes. Instead, be inspired by the ocean, of summer and the ‘off the wall’ goodness of the seventies era. The beach side home with nautical style decorating – kept fun and alive with retro elements and vintage pieces. So let us discover together how this cult classic can inspire our dream homes!
· When decorating your home (even if you live miles from the ocean), try to remember the coastal setting around you (or imagine it). This isn’t just a ‘look’, but a theme that creates a specific atmosphere and mood. The rugged coastline and gentle ocean breezes can be reflected in the home with lots of white, rustic wood/driftwood and accents of nautical colours such as blue and red. Give a lounge a seventies twist by using retro prints alongside nautical stripes and other surprise elements such as egg chairs and a shag floor rug.
· Mix cool coastal with retro chic in kitchens by choosing a predominantly white colour scheme and splashes of nautical brights. Classic white wood cabinets, some with glass fronted doors and retro appliances such as a fridge and soda fountain. Use a bright aqua for a mosaic tile splash-back and carry the colour into other accessories such as light fittings, displayed cookware and kitchen blinds.
· For even more fun and quirkiness, put the nautical look on the side for a moment and explore more fresh and funky colour palettes; any colour that reminds you of the summer and days spent by the sea. Have a think about textiles in vibrant coral, aquamarine blue, tropical green and sunny yellow. Choose wicker furniture, with the odd piece painted in white and see if you can’t have a feature wall dressed with beach-inspired artworks and wooden driftwood frames. Blackout roller blinds will keep you hidden from predators and come in a wide variety of vibrant colours to compliment your interiors.
· Surfing memorabilia would be another key look to the Jaws inspired home – it also plays on the laid-back mood of coastal living. You could find some décor pieces at second hand markets and charity stores in seaside neighbourhoods. Pieces of sailor’s rope can be used as curtain tie backs uk, vintage postcards can be used to create a montage and an antique ship wheel will make a good wall décor. Watch the film and let your imagination run wild!