If you’re fed up with the British climate, then tap into your inner Beverley Hills 90210 vibe with the West Coast Cool look. This trend is inspired by the chilled, coastal style of Southern California (SoCal), and uses a neutral colour palette, texture and natural materials to create a calming feel. Relaxed but elegant, this style helps create an atmosphere of sun, sand, beaches and laidback living – just don’t open the window to reveal the UK weather if you don’t want to be disillusioned!
There are components of other styles including a cool colour palette (Scandi), minimalism and boho chic (handmade), but the West Coast Cool trend adds the elements together in a way that’s all its own. Here’s how to create the look.
The California style colour palette
The basic canvas for this look is pale neutral. The aim is to create a light, airy feel so walls need to be shades of white, very pale pink or grey or sand colour. Floors should be pale too – ideally floorboards either made of pale wood or painted in a light, neutral colour. Light coloured carpets will work too.
Making the space work
With those pale walls and light-coloured floors, your room might now be at risk of looking like a boring box! Here’s where you can really get creative. Introduce pops of colour in natural tones – shades of blue for the sky and ocean paired with sand, earth colours and tones of pink. If you’d like something with a bit of punch, use stronger shades such as turquoise.
If you choose plain-coloured accessories, you can go to town with the texture. For example, rugs and throws could be made of really chunky natural yarn, and tables could be raw, unpolished wood. This is a trend where less is more, as you want to see lots of the neutral background to create a feeling of space. Itsy bitsy fussy accessories and ornaments are out, and striking focal points are in.
Palm Springs poolside art print, Green Lili
Slow down, soak it up and escape to the desert with this Palm Springs Poolside art print. The warm hazy palette of this southern California wall art with tall palm trees reflecting on the ever so inviting pool make it the perfect choice for your new decor. £23, available from Green Lili.
Decorative wall baskets, Idyll Home
These baskets (above and main image) are hand woven from palm leaf with a natural pattern. Use as fruit baskets on the table or to add interest and texture to a plain wall. Prices start at £33, available from Idyll Home.
Kontener printed rug, zitozzer
This contemporary border printed rug has primary colours on the rustic, hard wearing jute surface. A happy, summery, nautical look and the perfect splash of colour for neutral floors. £90, available from zitozzer.
Porter armchair in peacock, MY furniture
This striking, sculptural armchair was inspired by 1960’s Californian interiors and is made from a solid ash frame with brushed brass foot caps. It’s covered in velvet upholstery which adds interest and texture. £299, available from MY furniture.
Palm boulevard print, Mint & May
This fun and unusual image is perfect for adding a lighthearted summery feeling to your space. Available in different sizes, depending on how much of an impact you want to make! Prices start at £16, available from Mint & May.
Main image shows decorative wall baskets from Idyll Home. Prices start at £33 from Idyll Home.0