Concepts: New England Coastal

The warmer months are finally here (I think) and it makes many people think about the beach. A lot of people think California and Florida, but I am a bit partial to places along the New England coast. In the most poetic sense, the New England coast makes me think of charming cottages, quiet tree-lined streets and nights on the porch. I created a material and finish concept where I combined warm weathered textures with some pops of color. Orangey red and blue did the trick here (color nerds: orange and blue are complementary colors). 

Imagine walking into a space after a nice walk that has a weathered wood floor covered in plain, wool rugs. The kitchen could have classic off-white cabinets with a beautiful blue subway tile backsplash, brightening the room that may or may not have a brick veneer floor.

The countertops could be a butcher block or something a bit more modern, yet neutral like an architectural resin that is appropriate for a horizontal surface. All the hardware would be in a darker oil-rubbed bronze color to contrast the lighter cabinet fronts. Want to accent some of the cabinets? Consider a textured glass inlay - the one in this image looks like water droplets. Want something that more closely resembles your surroundings? Perhaps an architectural resin inlay that has reeds in it.

The bathrooms could have a lovely off-white subway tile for the walls. I picture an antique piece converted into a bathroom vanity to add some charm. Some blue, monogramed towels and soy candles with wood wicks would add a level of charm to the room. 

The combination of materials feels charming yet not outdated. Classic elements with modern finishes do the trick in this concept!

Product (clockwise from star):

Star - My own votive candle holder

Concept Board - We always start with one of these for our ID Lite service

Knob - Restoration Hardware, Strande Knob in oil-rubbed bronze

Off-White Subway Tile - Fireclay, Feldspar

Wood Flooring - Resawn Timber Co., Old School

Glass - Meltdown Glass, Cobblestone

Large Pull - Restoration Hardware, Strande Pull in oil-rubbed bronze

Architectural Resin (w/reeds) - 3Form, Varia Ecoresin - Thicket Natural

Architectural Resin Countertop (neutral) - 3Form, Chroma - Sable + Ghost 2

Blue Subway Tile - Heath Ceramics, Island Blue