So, you thumb through an interior design magazine and dream of having your own getaway on a secluded beach...then you face the reality of your bank account and decide that you can brave the winters in Omaha.
This doesn't mean that you can't have a piece of the beach inside your home. It only takes a bit of imagination and patience to create an interior oasis that will fit your budget and keep your senses in touch with the surf and sand!
The first step is to decide upon a palette that works with your home. Bold can be beautiful, but to keep things serene, it's best to go with whites or pastel blues and greens. Paint the walls in a subtle shade to create a backdrop that beckons the coast and if you have dark wood trim or paneling, plan on staining them a lighter shade or simply painting them white.
When selecting furniture, make sure that you balance the upholstery pieces by selecting them within same scale and the same color intensity. A rattan accent chair or cocktail table will add texture, as well as a Sisal, Kilim or Dhurrrie rug to ground the setting. Add a set of metal base buffet lamps with natural fiber covered shades on top of a wood parsons console table behind a sofa and a small round lacquered table between two awning stripe fabric slipper chairs.
A window seat with an upholstered cushion and plenty of textured fabric throw pillows is always a good idea if your space will allow. Frame the windows with billowing lightweight linen or cotton sheers on simple metal or wood rod that will complement the other metals or wood tones in the room, such as a lighting fixture or table base.
The most important aspect of doing-it-yourself decorating is to take your time, maintain a project folder for paint and fabric samples and stay organized!