Every home has unique features that challenge and force us to get creative with our design. One of the biggest challenges can be natural light. It’s something that every home owner wants, but doesn’t always get. What if you don’t have the luxury of endless natural light? Are you suppose to knock down walls or start cutting holes to make windows? Okay, we know that’s dramatic, but what are you really suppose to do? Natural light is a great design element to emphasize, but for some homes it’s just not an option. For those finding themselves on the lower natural light end of the spectrum, there is hope! We have three ways to decorate darker spaces that don’t require demolition.
First, design and decorate with lighter colors. Using a lighter color palette will instantly make a room feel brighter. It’s a known fact that white reflects light and black absorbs it. If you decorate towards the whiter, lighter side of the color spectrum you will find yourself with more light in the space.
Second, add mirrors to the space to help reflect light. You’re at least going to have a window or two that will splash some light into your home and you need to take advantage of that! Use a mirror to not only open up the space, but to help add extra light.
Third, layer your lights to create a well lit and balanced space. Layering your lights consists of using ambient, task and accent lighting together in order to maximize the light. Each light source works with one another to help make a full, well lit home.
You can never have enough art in your home. Art can be as abstract and crazy as you want or it can flat out say exactly what you want it to. Why beat around the bush?
Use art to say what’s on your mind! We tend to see signs and art in coastal homes that say something about the beach or the beautiful beach city they are located in (Shout out to Laguna Beach!) and we love that. We love it because that’s something you don’t see in other home decor styles. You might find a Victorian style home with a sign that says, “God Save The Queen,” but that’s probably it. Chances are you won’t find a sign that says, “Hello Gorgeous.”
Have fun with the art and signs you place around your home. Take a look at how these spaces are saying something with the art. If you want to bring more art into your home, check out what we call ‘the written word’ section on the Tuvalu Home online store here!
The odds are good that if you’re in a coastal home there’s a jute rug in it. If there’s not one in there, there’s always room for one! They have become a staple in coastal home decor and for good reason. They are great rugs that not only last, but offer great texture and style to any space it’s laying in. Check out these three rugs we have at Tuvalu Home!
1. dash & albert blanco juniper jute woven rug2. dash & albert jute ticking indigo woven rug
3. herringbone gold braided jute rug
See more of our jute rug selection many more online in the Tuvalu Home rug section!
A good table lamp is a game changer. It is a detail that can have a big impact on design, style and mood. They turn can turn dark spaces into lively and vibrant ones that offer a cozy place to entertain or relax. With such a range and variety of lamps out there, you can find the perfect table lamp for any space. This week we share with you three table lamps for any coastal home. There are endless options out there, but we’ll start with these three.
1. Jamie Young Verona Table Lamp
Add an extra pop of color to any space in your home with this gorgeous ceramic table lamp. Traditional colors of blue and brown in a medallion pattern create a stunning, yet classic timeless look. The pairing with a more natural burlap shade gives an organic twist, broadening the array of many style decors this lamp will work.
2. Jamie Young Bandeau Table Lamp
This table lamp features a warm, wood base with natural grain details and a warm metal detail in the center. The white linen shade has a beautiful burlap trim to balance the wood base. 3. Jamie Young Extra Large Plum Jar Table Lamp
Elegant blue glass adds sophistication and character to any space. This perfect blue color can accent nautical and glamorous decor alike!
Find more table lamps on the Tuvalu Home website!
Decorating your home with beautiful sea glass is a sure way to give your home the perfect coastal feel. You can’t go wrong with the coastal blues and greens that sea glass naturally has.
The cool, coastal blues that are complimented by the greens set the perfect tone throughout any coastal home. You can utilize these colors in multiple ways with all the natural hues that you get from sea glass. You can use pastel blues and greens or even use bold ones. If you want to get extra wild you can always mix the two together.
Check out what some of these designers have done and used sea glass colors in these spaces and get inspired by sea glass!
There is nothing more coastal than the color blue. When you drive down PCH you see the endless blue ocean paired with beautiful blue skies. It’s an amazing color that offers a wide range with hues from dark to light. Let’s not forget that the color was basically created for coastal homes.
The wide range that blue hued accessories and decor come on brings an endless supply of options for the home. From pillows to wall art, the color is can be used for everything. Blue hues happen to pair well with most colors as well. It really pops out on light color palettes and becomes the instant point of attention in lighter spaces.
Get inspired by these wonderful spaces using blue hues to their full potential. We would say try using some blue in your home, but chances are you already are!
Don’t let the sun stop shining this summer! The sun may set, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep it bright with a little gold decor!
Gold is a fun color to work into your decor. It can be used in a couple different ways. You can make a statement with it and go bold with your gold. Use the color’s bright hue to really give the room some pop and a little touch of glam. Make it fabulous!
If you’re not looking for bold, you can use your gold pieces as little accents. Use the color to compliment the other hues in the space and just drop little hints of gold throughout the space.
Check out how these designers use gold in these spaces and then start your treasure hunt to add gold to your home!
What is flow? Flow is the ease of movement through a space. It means we aren’t tripping over ottomans, weaving betweens chairs or scooting around coffee tables when we try to move through a living room.
There is no reason your living room should not flow.
If it does not flow it typically means one of two things. First, there’s just too much stuff. Get rid of what is unnecessary. Store it, sell it or donate it. Second, you didn’t plan. You should always know your measurements. Know the measurements of the space, the furniture you’re trying to put in the space and the negative space.
Negative space is the area you actually live in. It’s the space between the coffee table and sofa where your legs go. It’s the space that you use to float that pouf between your chairs and sofa. When you plan the space for actual room to function and live in you will find the flow throughout the space.