what is west coast living? How to create this look.
I was listening to a podcast the other day (a Well designed business ) and I was pondering what I would call my design style? Gosh this is such a hard thing to articulate into words ~ mainly because I’m a visually creative person and sometimes words don’t really come easily to me. So I developed a collection of images on Pinterest – you can check out the board here. What eventually unfolded is what I would call a West Coast living style, it’s not Hamptons, farmhouse or contemporary scandi; it’s more about small pieces from each style that I feel works really well for Perth Interiors.
Defining the west coast living style.
Image 1 Design by Alexander & Co
Californian cool interiors.
Image 2 : Studio McGee
I draw my inspiration from West coast US and Californian designers, this is because Perth has a similar climate, beautiful and sunny most days of the year. They enjoy bringing plants inside with large opening doors out to alfresco dining area’s and can really emphasize that blurred the line between outside and inside. Windows are also a big focal point in Cali homes, with the thin black aluminum frames for a contemporary look (Picture 1) or higher feature windows look beautiful too, as in Picture 2.
Image 2 : Studio McGee
In this particular style, curtains can tend to be none existent. The windows and view becomes the feature, but this doesn’t help with thermal warming of your home. Up to 35% of internal room temperature can be lost through windows. So you need to choose to upgrade the glass rating of the windows or look at image 3 and maybe go with a rattan blind with sheers look. Ideally, if you want to go high energy efficiency in your home and you have a lot of windows on the west side, I would custom make a double track curtain system. With heavy blackout curtains on the outside track and sheers on the internal track. Also, external shutters can be a good alternative and then you can hang curtain sheers for more the look rather than the thermal properties.
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image 4: Apartment No 4
Rich textures paired with a white palette.
Image 5: Amber Interiors
The common element within the west coast living style is using rich textures from antique Turkish rugs, textiles and decorative paintings all while pairing back with relatively white colour walls. The accent finishes of timber tones also adds a layer of warmth. I find many times when we paint all our walls white, the room tends to feel cold and stark. Yes, this has a lot to do with the undertone of the white paint chosen, but also because we haven’t balanced out the scene with more colour, textures and warm tones.
image 6: Amber Interiors
Image 7: Amber Interiors
Double Height + Featured ceilings.
Image 8: Jette Creative
I love high ceilings in open-plan spaces they can really define the space and make it feel so much more spacious. Natural timber tones or white timber cladding can cohesively tie the whole scheme together. Amercian’s call the white timber cladding ‘shiplap’ and it’s a dominant feature within a farmhouse interiors by Joanna gaines from HGTV’s Fixer Upper. I also love the idea of creating fake dark beams as in Image 8, this can immediately draw the eye up to the ceiling, hence making the room feel bigger but also give a unique and custom made look. The beams then tie in with the dark window frames. Exposed brick can also add beautiful texture and immediately draw the eye into the room, If you are thinking of creating a double height space in your next home this is a great way to add impact and warm tones.
Exposed brick, for extra texture.
Image 9. Source
Other Inspiration images showing West Coast Living Style.
Image 10: Amber Interiors
Image 11: Coco & Jack
Image 12: Amber Interiors
Image 13: Amber Interiors
Image 14: Homes to Love
Items where to get| Rotating Wall Scone | Basket | Morrocan Trellis Rug | White Slip Cover Sofa | Aqua cushion |Vintage Kilim cushion | Timber side table | Timber Coffee Table | Acqua Morrocan cushion | Glass Vases | Harvest Chair |*Some linked items are affiliate links, which means I could get a small commission if purchased.