Fresh Coastal Theme Renovation Ideas

coastal style flatlay tiles

If you’re working on a renovation project and want to know how to decorate in the Coastal Theme, we can help you bring the beach to the burbs! Renovating a room in your house to reflect the popular coastal style is a great design choice if you actually live near the coast. It’s also a creative way to dream up that desirable feeling of living right next to the waves to help the stress of the bustling city fade away.

As you can imagine, one of the key features of a coastal interior design style is to evoke that sense of living by the beach or seaside through a mix of colours, textures and stylistic elements.

Signature elements of a “Coastal Theme” space can be:

  • Nature is the focus – timber, driftwood, greenery
  • Decorative cushions with seaside, fish or boat icons
  • White plantation shutters
  • Turquoise ornamental features
  • Driftwood framed mirror
  • Weaved baskets
  • Chair draped with a straw hat, basket of beach towels
  • Shells, coral or green glass bottles
  • Succulents (a type of low-maintenance plant)
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Coastal Theme Bathroom Ideas

To achieve the coastal look in your bathroom, white tiles are the way to go. Opt for white baths and basins with soft curves featuring chrome or stainless steel tapware. To enhance the space and make it seem larger than it is, run your white floor tiles all the way up the walls to give the illusion.

Natural stone is also an option, as textured stone tiles with a unique vein link to the great outdoors, even possibly the sandy feel of a beach. Stone-look tiles are also good if you’re watching your budget and want to achieve the same effect.

Splashbacks in natural colours also are a favoured choice of coastal bathrooms, but the goal is to keep the flow light and airy, not breaking it up in bold, dark colours. When grouting, use a tone that matches the colour of your choice of tiles. This will keep your bathroom in symmetry.

When it comes to accessories and styling the space, search for timber or bamboo items, such as towel chairs, stools, soap caddies and bath mats. It is also a smart design choice to add wooden bathroom drawers or cabinets to complement the coastal look. Finish it off with a feature plant, such as some indoor ferns, dried botanicals or low-maintenance succulents.

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Get the Coastal look: Choose your tiles

Our advice is to simply work with the existing style of your home, rather than feel like you have to completely reinvent the whole thing! The best aspect of home renovation projects is combining professional advice and inspiration with your own taste and preference.

coastal style flatlay tiles

Tile & Stone recommends:

Coastal Terrazzo Look tiles 300×300

Coastal Ripple Edge tiles

MONSOON Brushed Brass Round Shower Head (MS300R-BB) from Highgrove Bathrooms

SPIN Brushed Brass Bath Spout
(SPO90-220BB) from Highgrove Bathrooms

If you’re looking for fresh, white or grey tiles in a variety of styles to create the popular Coastal look, drop by our West Gosford showroom for some free, professional advice on what will work.

Style Tips: The Hamptons Look

hamptons look tiles and taps

More and more Australian home renovators are turning to this sophisticated look for its clean, fresh appeal that is absolutely ideal in a modern property. It’s made for the laid back Aussie beachside lifestyle!

Whether you favour entertainment of relaxing, designing a Hamptons style home starts with getting the colours and materials right. Start by creating a refined, seaside feel to a single room in your house. There are several key design considerations when going after this kind of interior, including:

  • What colours are best to decorate with for the Hamptons look?
  • What fabrics to suit the Hamptons style?
  • What furniture can I buy to enhance the space?
  • What style of lighting gives the Hamptons look?
  • What flooring suits the Hamptons style?
  • …and of course what style of tiles are best for Hamptons homes?

We thought you might get a bit lost in the rabbit hole of design inspiration that is Pinterest, so we’ve gathered a snapshot of some of the best examples we’ve spotted that reflect the beautiful, sophisticated Hamptons look.

hamptons look bathroom
Herringbone Feature Wall Tiles + Natural Stone floor tiles
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Where did the Hamptons look come from?

Hamptons style interiors are an American take on the classic French interior design styles: Baroque, Rococo and Empire.

The popular Hamptons look actually began on Long Island in the US, back in the late 1800s. Fancy New York vacationers flocked to the area’s historic fishing villages to cool off from their city life, and their arrival gradually transformed the style of these quiet seaside communities into bustling summer hotspots. New Yorkers didn’t just bring their luggage to the American coastal homes – they brought their modern sense of style and refined elegance too.

Herringbone bathroom hampton style
Herringbone Wall Tiles + White Subway Wall Tiles with Natural Stone Floor Tiles
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Signatures of the Hamptons style

When searching for ideas and props to achieve the Hamptons style, look for furniture, fixtures, decorations, tiles and flooring that feel like they fit any of the following descriptions, which are all adaptable to the room you’re working on renovating:

  • Effortless coastal elegance with a casual twist
  • Airy and minimalist yet still homely – multiple sources of light
  • Light, white and crisp – with a touch of pastel
  • Whitewashed interior, or white timber finishes (explore white, cream, off-white, ivory)
  • A noticeable “beachside” feel to the space
  • Fresh look: Grey shades of colour including duck egg blue or mint green
  • Classic look: Cream with black or bronze accents to enhance elegance
  • Generous lounging areas to relax in an afternoon seabreeze (you don’t have to live by the ocean, we can dream!)
  • Warmth added by natural materials like in-laid stone flooring or black timber, plus leather, linen, cotton or wool.
  • Pairing warm, neutral colours with coastal blues (layer various shades)
  • Favour bold features: large indoor plants, statement sculptures or decorative-framed mirrors
  • Big windows, French doors, white timber window furnishings
  • Pendant lighting overhanging vintage bar stools for a casual kitchen feel

hamptons look tiles and taps

Tile & Stone recommends:

Hampton Decor patterned tiles 200×200

Hampton White subway tiles

SPIN Brushed Brass Sink Mixer (SP120BB) from Highgrove Bathrooms

What tiles are best for the Hamptons style?

Ceramic Subway Tiles

White subway tiles will help to create a clean, fresh look. With a spectrum of different colours, textures and patterns available, the subway tile can be adapted to achieve the relaxed, coastal Hamptons look in your home. Stick to white and grey tones.

Marble Patterned Tiles

The drama of marble patterned tiles adds to the otherwise minimalist, white-dominated look of the Hamptons style. Even adding a marble splashback as a striking icon of elegance in a bright, well-lit kitchen, a fireplace in the living room, or shower floor in the bathroom gives that elite Long Island seaside feel.

Natural Stone Flooring

Every square inch offers its own unique colour, texture and pattern! Bring this level of luxury and warmth into your home – walls, floors, entrance halls, shower surrounds and splashbacks are all great options for featuring natural stone.

Herringbone Patterned Tiles (wall or floor)

This is a style of tiling that can look great as a kitchen splashback, as a dramatic bathroom tile, or flooring choice in a light cream, grey or ivory colour. Marble tiles can be laid in the herringbone pattern.

Get the Hamptons look: Choose your tiles

Our advice is to simply work with the existing style of your home, rather than feel like you have to completely reinvent the whole thing! The best aspect of home renovation projects is combining professional advice and inspiration with your own taste and preference.

If you’re looking for tiles or natural stone to create the Hamptons style, drop by our West Gosford showroom for some free, professional advice on what styles will work. We have a Hampton Decor tile range, including patterned and subway options you can see samples of to achieve the look you want.

Kitchen Reno

Getting a fresh new look for your kitchen doesn’t have to be an expensive project. A perfect way to get a new look is to simply re-tile your splash back & add in a feature wall.

Jess & Ash have achieved this look within our showroom with a simple white gloss subway tile wall ($29.95m2) & pearl white penny round ($120m2) splash back. The girls kept the colours light to make the kitchen feel bright & open. To finish their new look they styled the kitchen & added in some greenery. The total cost for this project was under $1,000 including the tiler.

Tile Planning

Planning your renovation is the key to helping your renovation run smoothly and on time. For example when you are ordering your tiles for your bathroom make sure your triple check your measurements & order a minimum of 10% extra to allow for wastage. This is really important due to that if you under order your tiles it can end up costing you more as you will need to wait to reorder more tiles, which than can hold up the tiler & other trades which in return can delay the whole project.

Also give yourself plenty of time to order in your tiles as it can sometimes take up to 1 – 2 weeks for stock to arrive in store for collection.

For a bathroom depending on the size you can use either use one or two lights as seen in the pictures below.

Pendant lights

As subtle as it may seem, pendant lighting has a big job to do. Its responsibilities extend well beyond the role of illuminating a space; a pendant lamp creates visual perspective and by acting as a focal point for a room, the right pendant can help to make a small room look bigger. Pendant lights also reduce clutter because they take up much less space than floor or table lamps.

For a bathroom depending on the size you can use either use one or two lights as seen in the pictures below.