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Ocean Themed Retreats
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Very often when the stresses of life seem to want to
take over, we all wish we can retreat to a favourite spot
that offers sanctuary, relaxation and calm. The beach is
often associated with sunny, carefree abandon. But it is
not always possible for us to drop everything and go.
Indeed the life's pressures may drive us to want to go
there every day. How about if we bring the beach to
home? We can have the restorative retreat at our dis-
posal always. Create a bedroom with ocean appeal.
Make it your own. Classical ocean décor is distinctive
and will feature ocean and nautical inspired themes and
accessories. What the ocean means to me is quite possi-
bly different from what it means to you. Thoughts of the
ocean conjure up different memories and you may re-
spond to different elements. I do not feel relaxed and
calm when I think of or view classical elements such as
the Captain's wheel or anchor. So having those classical
icons in my bedroom will have no positive effect. Channel
your past experiences when creating your sanctuary. Just
thinking about the beach I smell the ocean, I feel the
breeze and hear the birds. My best experiences are linked
to the early morning and late evening. I think of boat trips
in the Tobago lagoon, and collecting driftwood, shells, sea
glass. I reminisce on the colourful display in the Buccoo
Reef and on lying below the trees on the beach looking at
the sun rise or set. Be guided, and not dictated to, by the
wisdom of the interior designers and classical ocean
décor. What are your memories?
The Colour of it all. Blue, red and white are recognised
as the colours for classical nautical inspired decors. For
me, I prefer a more organic approach to colour. Blues,
greens, greys, sand beige and white are what speak to
me. If I think of the reefs, brilliant oranges and turquoises
come to mind. Those are definitely not classical beach
colours. Blues and greens are soothing and relaxing
colours and your bedroom can be channel a spa-like sanc-
tuary with walls in a soothing blue or other neutral such
as sand beige, light blue grey. If you want to anchor your
retreat in a memory, use a photo of your favourite beach
scene and pull out the colours for use in your bedroom.
Use technology to help you generate your colour scheme.
One such colour palette generator can be found at
www.degraeve.com/color-palette . Or check out www.de-
sign-seeds.com . Others exist. Observe the colours that
we can get from these shells laying on the sand, coconut
trees on the waterfront or from the waves crashing on
Furnishings and Accessories. Be inspired by your ex-
perience and your version of the beach. Keep your win-
dow treatments light. Consider unlined white cotton or
linen curtains possibly on a wooden pole. If you must
have formal window treatments borrow from the beach
palette and keep to the more restful or neutral tones.
Woven and horizontal wood blinds are an option.
Bleached wood floors or furnishings hint at driftwood and
the sand. A sisal rug will help bring out the atmosphere
drawing on images of rope, seine and the sand. Classic
white and blues are almost a given for your beach in-
spired theme. While anchors and captain's wheels don't
do it for me, it may for you. But coral, shells, palms, sea
glass and driftwood are my thing. You can use these ac-
tual items or have them as motifs in wall art or textiles.
Round windows or mirrors remind of the ship's porthole
windows - if you are leaning towards the nautical theme.
Avoid clutter or overdoing the accessories. It is better
that your décor creates the mood rather than be too lit-
eral. You run the risk of creating a theme park look. In-
stead you should focus on the mood. This is a more
Picture this. Light blue walls (Ben Moore's Breath of
Fresh Air BM 806), white tiled floors, sisal looking rugs
(but softer), white linen drapery installed on dark poles,
white bed linen, pillows in light sand, sea green and blues
with white large shell motifs, sea glass accessories, small
touches of various shades of orange (it's tropical and re-
minds me of flowers and sunset), photo of my favourite
beach scene on the wall above the bed, dark (almost
black) furniture reminding me of wet rocks, spa music
with the sound of waves and birds. With the smell of the
ocean in my mine, mild air condition, and closed eyes or a
good book with my favourite drink is how I unwind in my
beach-inspired sanctuary at the end of a stressful day.
Sweet dreams, all.
Barclay Butera Interiors traditional masculine nautical bedroom.
Nautical accessories Ballad Designs
Ocean inspired color palette
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