Thursday 19 January 2017

Ocean colour scene: 7 ways with navy

Published 22/05/2016 | 02:30

Bright and blue: fabrics from Ian Mankin
Bright and blue: fabrics from Ian Mankin
In the bedroom: Jonathan Adler
Whatever the weather - Marimekko tableware.
Talking Tables - tableware from
Tiles from Winchester tile company.
Nautical but nice: Bath accessories from Penneys

Ciara Elliott dives into the coastal interiors trend for painterly colour splashes, two-tone and ombré — a classic yet modern combination of inky blues, teals and crisp whites in fabrics, ceramics and old-fashioned wood panelling.

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In the bedroom


Change up your linen for summer with lighter fabrics in soothing tones of blue, grey and white. Bold seaside stripes can be fun but you can also build the look with more subtle maritime emblems and bring in some marine cool with throws, cushions and other decorative pieces.

Get the look:

● We love the look of this Newport duvet approx €237 plus shipping ($268 plus shipping) and pillows approx €70 plus shipping ($78-88 plus shipping), all by East Coast American designer Jonathan Adler, best known for his preppy style.

Haute Spin


Kitchens are seeing a lot of blue and white coastal touches now too, with style-savvy homeowners adding statement backsplashes, bold walls and floors with a modern graphic spin.

Get the look:

● These tiles are from heritage Winchester Tile Company's range of 'Villette on Papyrus' from the Chateaux collection, Residence range. The price per sq m is a whopping €337 but you can shop around for a similar style. Look at the V&A glazed ceramic collection at Homebase, for instance, which starts at €6.50 per tile.

Bright and blue


Inject a hint of a carefree holiday style and refresh your breakfast table for summer with linens in calming blues and crisp whites; you could also consider an alternative palette of grey stripes for a more contemporary take. Finish with fresh coffee, warm bread and just-picked flowers.

Get the look:

● Fabrics from €32 per metre from Ian Mankin available, among other stockists, at Helen Turkington Fabrics, Clonskeagh, Ranelagh and Tyrone,

Whatever the Weather


When it comes to the warmer months, nothing beats impromptu dinners outside, but who knows whether it will rain or shine? These plates, which come from Finnish brand Marimekko's design archives and highlight moody seasonal changes in weather, are the perfect accompaniment to lighter suppers, both inside and out; they are artworks in themselves.

Get the look:

● Marimekko Saapaivakirja Tableware, from €42,

Shore Thing

Give your outdoor spaces a revamp with a touch of weather-worn chic. Think natural woods with a backdrop of whites and blues and shop for outdoor furniture that's hardy but looks comfortable too - rattan, wicker and cane are all materials that are right on trend again.

Get the look:

● Tuscany chair, from an eight-seater set with table, €5,886 Neptune Kitchens,

Nautical but nice


One of the easiest places to introduce holiday coastal charm is the bathroom - think striped towels, porthole style mirrors, rope detailed accessories and natural materials. Reclaimed wood introduces texture and interest and is less obvious than driftwood, while sea grass, cork, bamboo, rattan and jute reference the coast without being as clichéd as rope.

Get the look:

● Bath mat, €10, navy towels, from €2.50-€9, towels, from €3-€12, bin, €5, all Penneys

Talking Tables


Every outdoor space from the balcony to the garden will benefit from a touch of coastal chic, and if you're having a party this is the easiest look to pull off. Create the atmosphere with stylish tea light holders, bistro-style lights, paper lanterns and scattered cushions.

Get the look:

● Paper lanterns, €12, festoon lights, €18 and selection of paper cups, lanterns and candles, from €6, all Talking Tables,

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