Category Archives: Patterns

:: Geometric Patterns In Coastal Homes ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

Coastal cottage with stripes and geometric patternsPatterns are a staple in coastal home decor. With many of the common patterns used in coastal homes, a new one has been showing up. The geometric pattern has been spotted offering a fun and unique way to add some character and style to a space.

Geometric patterns effortlessly make their way into coastal homes because of their playful style. They’re also a quick step away from the classic stripe patterns that often show up in nautical home and beach cottages. The two patterns can be used to play off of each other, but the geometric pattern can quickly steal the show.

With the eye catching style of geometric patterns, a little accent piece is all you need. It’s easy to add a fun pillow, throw or rug to add a pop of style to the space. With the sharp lines and repeating patterns our eyes are naturally drawn to the patterns. This creates a fun accent piece that can help carry the eyes through the room.

Get inspired by this fun and energetic pattern! The geometric lines and shapes will be a fun addition to the home and add a great focal point!
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:: Interested In Indigo ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

Blue and indigo hues in a coastal cottage living roomIndigo is a classic coastal home color. The rich, dark blue is the perfect compliment to the white palettes often used in coastal decor. It’s a bold and striking color that just feels so good to look at. The color is a versatile as well. Often indigo dyed pillows and accessories are used in coastal design as well. These offer another treat to the eyes as they are interesting to look at and can show the range of indigo hues.

The color can also be used a solid color without the dye effect. It still offers that rich color that fills a space with ease. This staple color in coastal design is a great hue to add to your home’s palette if you’re wanting a classic coastal look.

Get inspired by these uses of indigo! From the wall art to the lovely dyed pillows, the design possibilities are endless and that what makes this color so interesting in coastal home decor.
Coastal bedroom with an indigo and white color palette Indigo pillows in a little nook with seating Indigo sea life inspired wall art

:: 3 Quick Tips For Kitchen Design ::

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Tuesday Tips

Coastal kitchen with large wicker pendant lights and dark cabinets with white wallsToday we have 3 quicks tips to help in the kitchen! We spend a lot of time in our kitchens so why not love them? Here are 3 ways to help you enjoy your coastal home kitchen!

1. Pop Those Colors

The kitchen gives you a place to really go bold with pops of color. With limited counter space you have to make your accessories count. Don’t forget that you can also bring in different colored lighting pieces as well!

2. Use Natural Textures

With most kitchens having wood cabinets it easy to forget that you can play and design off those textures. There’s no need to just slap a coat of paint on the cabinets and call it a day. If that’s how you planned it, there’s no problem with that, but don’t forget that you can expand on the natural wood grains and textures to bring your kitchen to the next level.

3. Play With Patterns

Kitchens are a great place to have fun with patterns. They can be bright and pop out or they can compliment the color palette. The choices are endless and so are the pattern placements. Explore pattern ideas with kitchen rugs, the back splash and maybe even the tile floor. The pattern possibilities are endless!
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:: 3 Reasons You Should Have Striped Rugs In Your Coastal Home ::

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Tuesday Tips

Bright coastal living room with a striped rug anchoring the spaceA striped rug in coastal home decor is like the sand to the beach. It’s a coastal home decor piece that will always be found in coastal homes, just like sand will always be found at the beach. No one will ever argue the fact that stripes are a part of coastal home decor. It’s a great design piece that’s versatility and flare has cemented it’s place in the coastal design style. Here are 3 reasons why we believe that:

1. Size Options

When it comes to rugs, size matters. Literally. You need to know the measurements of the space you plan on laying your rug down. An area rug is not going to fit in your hallway. An extreme example, but you get it. You need to know the length and size of the space for potential rug options. Is this a given for all rugs and not just striped rugs for coastal homes? Yes, we won’t argue that, but it’s a reason we had to touch on.

2. Pattern Play

The striped pattern is a classic pattern. Home decor is not the only place you will find stripes. It’s because the pattern invokes a sense of fun while having an affect on the eyes. Long lines can trick the eye into making it seem like a space is longer or wider. Use thin stripes to lead the eye throughout the space or lay down a striped rug with thicker, larger stripes to bring a full feel to the space. This is where the stripe pattern shines. It offers much more than just a quirky, playful pattern.

3. Color Choices

A blue and white striped rug is a coastal home essential. The strong blues paired with the creamy whites leaves an impression in homes. Blue and white hues are not the only colors that have an affect on a space. The striped rug helps colors make a lasting, striking statement in a coastal home. On the other end, striped rugs with subtle colors can achieve the exact opposite affect. They can compliment and blend into a space to add the finishing touches.

If you want visual proof we got that too. Check out some of these coastal homes that use striped rugs to their full potential in the space. If you’re in the market for a striped rug or two for your home, you can find a few in the Tuvalu Home Store.Striped rug in a coastal living roomStriped rug layered on top of the hute style rug in a the living roomStripes in a bright style coastal kids bedroom

:: Go With Gingham In Your Home! ::

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Tuesday Tips

Coastal kitchen with gingham topped stoolsAre you getting enough summer? Are the sun filled beach days and warm nights enough? If not, you should try decorating with gingham! This pattern is the perfect summer pattern! When you see gingham you can help but think of a picnics and the great outdoors. This is why it should be in your home for summer! Get those instant outdoor picnic feels and enjoy your summer inside and outside your home!

Not sure what you should replace with your new found gingham print? Well the secret with gingham print/gingham check, and it’s bigger sibling parttern buffalo checks, is a little goes a long way. It’s easy to go overboard with gingham. So like some things, less is more. Keep that in mind and have fun decorating your way through summer!
Gingham print in a coastal dining room

:: Lay Down Those Stripes ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

Striped chair in a coastal living roomStripes are a classic design element and pattern in coastal decor. These lovely lines are exactly what we like during the playful summer season. We’re talking striped rugs, striped pillows, striped blankets, striped curtains, striped towels, striped accessories and whatever else we can fit these colored lines on! They bring a fun look to any space and that’s why they are always welcomed into any home except maybe a Victorian Gothic style home.

They also bring effortless style points to anything they’re on. Don’t believe us? Here’s a simple test anyone can do and it only requires a little imagination. Imagine you have two tea towels, one is white and the other is white with three red stripes. Which one are you going to pick? Most of us will probably choose the red striped tea towel and we don’t blame you because we did too.

Embrace the steps and enjoy the stripes! We’ve gathered a couple great photos that feature stripes, so don’t forget to take notes and see how these designers are using their stripes! Striped chair in a coastal homeCoastal bedroom with a blue and white stripe rugCoastal bathroom with a stripe rug Cute kitchen with a stripe rug

:: Tuva-Luvs – Cheryl ::

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Thursday Tuva-Luvs

Our Thursday Tuva-Luv is from Cheryl! One of her store favorites is the lacefield bombay aqua pillow! Lacefield takes an artistic approach to lifestyle decor with perfectly eclectic printed textiles, decorative throw pillows and ready made drapery panels. The Lacefield look is always evolving, but stays true to approachable design with a balance of structure and imperfection; masculine and feminine; modern and vintage; comfort and sophistication. Come on into one of the stores or check out the lacefield bombay aqua pillow in our online store!

Want more store favorites? Find all of our Tuva-Luvs here!

:: Spotted! Dash & Albert Mali Indigo Rug ::

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Feature Friday

better-homes-dash-and-albert-mali-indigo-rug-tuvalu-homeWe spotted the dash & albert mali indigo indoor/outdoor rug in Better Homes and Gardens! Give your favorite space a dash of global glam with our all-new indoor/outdoor area rugs in an African-inspired geometric. Regular vacuuming and the occasional gentle shake should keep your rug in shipshape condition. Get a closer look online at the dash & albert mali indigo indoor/outdoor rug here!

:: Coastal Themed Pumpkin DIY Project ::

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Tuesday Tips

coastal-pumpkin-home-decor-craft-mod-podge-themeIf you want to take your pumpkin crafting to the next level, we’ve got just the DIY project for you! We stumbled on this awesome, perfectly coastal themed mod podge DIY project by Crafts by Courtney! She is also responsible for this nautical inspired anchor pumpkin we posted. We love the way she got creative and put her unique twist on a classic fall decor staple. She used a little spray paint, mod podge, scrapbooking paper and, of course, a pumpkin. Check out how she did it on her blog here!

 

:: Preppy Coastal Home Decor ::

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What’s Trending Wednesday

beautiful-preppy-coastal-entrywayGive your coastal home the preppy look! Just think bright and cozy then mix in a couple fun patterns and nautical accents! Preppy coastal decor is as easy as that. Just in case you still need a little inspiration we’ve gathered a few photos that show you how you can bring the style into your home. Take notes, get inspired and take a step towards prep-py. Okay, bad rhyme, but you get it!
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