The basis of coastal interior design - bringing the outside in. Creating a light, bright, breezy interior in the hallmark coastal colours of the coast - pale blues, greys and whites. These coastal colors spread light which is the single most important element of coastal design. Natural materials such as wood, willow and some rope bring in warmth and texture to coastal style interiors. A natural willow side table next to white furniture is perfect. The worn bleached look of driftwood adds to the authenticity of the coastal theme. Some simple furniture pieces, small chests or mirrors with a driftwood effect complete the look. White washed floor boards and wall cladding epitomise the clapboard look of a beach house.