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Go Coastal with These New Home Design Tips

Posted: January 13, 2022

In Wilmington, NC, “coastal” is part of who we are. From long weekends at the beach, to salty breezes that blow inland, to the fresh seafood we enjoy every day, coastal is a lifestyle. It also happens to be a fresh and modern interior design aesthetic that we wholeheartedly embrace. Our designers naturally gravitate to this style when creating looks for our model homes, and they’ve put together a few tips for you to do the same. Here are just a few ways to enjoy an easy, breezy, coastal vibe in your home, no matter where you live. 

 

Coastal Home Design

 

What is Coastal Style?

The coastal aesthetic is achieved by incorporating elements, materials, and colors from the seaside into your home. With shades of blues and greens, natural materials such as driftwood, hemp rope, and seashells, and light and airy fabrics like cotton and linen, the effect is calming, serene, and entirely peaceful. 

 

Soft Colors

Think of the beach and how all the colors there just naturally complement one another (nature is wonderful like that, isn’t it?). Try to mimic that same color palette at home. You may start with a soft white or sandy beige for your largest spaces, like the walls, cabinet, and curtains, then bring in accent colors that you would find in the ocean — aquas, blues, greens, and even coral. Layer various hues of the same color (even white) to create interest and mimic the fluid movement of the shore. Colors should always be soft and natural.

 

Natural Decor

It can be easy to get carried away with tchotchkes in the shape of shells and sea animals, but try not to take the concept too literally. Keep spaces as open and uncluttered as possible to recreate the depth of space you feel at the beach. Bring in materials like driftwood, shell, and glass for light fixtures and accent pieces. Art can be items you find right on the beach, such a beautiful piece of coral reef or a collection of iridescent shells. You can even hang your straw hats on the wall as a statement piece (then grab and go as you head to the beach).

 

As for curtains and furniture, keep the material soft and light with few hard lines. White linen drapes billowing behind a soft, cotton-upholstered couch will beckon you to sit down and take a rest, just like the beach does. For tables, painted wood, glass, or rattan work best, and well-loved cotton or jute rugs will complete the space.

 

Modern Touches

If you also love modern styling, there is no reason to leave it out of coastal design. To achieve a modern coastal look, incorporate a few pieces that have a sleek, minimalist look — like a lamp, pendant light, or a side table. Skip the tchotchkes and obvious beach references altogether. Instead, go for evoking the calm, carefree feeling the beach gives you.

 

If you love the coastal look and you are searching for a new home in Wilmington, North Carolina, browse our communities for sea-worthy inspiration, then schedule an appointment to see them for yourself.

5 Reasons to Move to Wilmington, NC

Posted: January 13, 2022

reasons to move to wilmington nc

Wilmington, NC is a historic port town on the southern shores of North Carolina, known for its laid-back coastal style, place in U.S. history, and of course, beautiful beaches. This low-key town has actually been in the spotlight (literally) over the years as its picturesque neighborhoods and scenic landscapes have been the backdrop of productions such Matlock, Dawson’s Creek, and Iron Man 3. Let’s take a look at why Wilmington’s population has grown by 18% in the last 10 years, and why people continue to move there today. 

 

Reasons to Move to Wilmington, NC

 

1) Beautiful Beaches

Beaches in Wilmington always have just the right amount of people to make them feel lively but never overcrowded. Charming bungalows and local hotels give way to scenic dunes and white sand beaches, where swimming, surfing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and diving are among the locals’ favorite pastimes. Kure Beach, Carolina Beach, and Wrightsville Beach are premier destinations for travelers from throughout the region.

 

2) History and Culture

Wilmington’s history dates all the way back to 1524, when it was first explored by the Italian navigator Verrazano. It was first settled in 1725 and experienced important milestones through the 20th century. Today, there are many museums and cultural landmarks to visit and learn about this area’s important role as one of America’s first port cities. Visitors and locals alike love soaking up history at The Burgwin-Wright House, Latimer House Museum, Bellamy Mansion Museum, Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, and others.

 

 

3) Low-Cost Coastal Living

Wilmington is one of North Carolina’s most affordable cities. It’s in line with the average cost of living in the U.S., which is significant considering its prime coastal location. You’ll save most on transportation, since much of the area is walkable and the city’s footprint is small if you do need to drive, followed by utilities and housing. 

 

4) Career Opportunities

Thanks to large education institutions like New Hanover County Schools and the University of North Carolina Wilmington (two of the area’s biggest employers), Wilmington is poised for strong job growth over the next 10 years. The city boasts a lower unemployment rate than the national average, and above-average future job growth. Healthcare, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing are other major employment sectors. 

 

5) New Homes for Sale

You can find beautiful new homes for sale in Wilmington in our communities throughout the area. Woodlands Grove at Echo Farms boasts a central location between Wrightsville and Carolina beaches and is close to shopping, parks, trails, golf courses, and more. Homes range from 2 to 5 bedrooms and are priced from the $320s. Summer Bay Villas are a collection of modern, 2-story townhomes just minutes from shopping, dining and retail in Leland, NC. Only two opportunities remain from the $240s!

 

If you’re thinking of making the move to Wilmington, contact us to learn more about our new homes and beautiful communities built for you to enjoy the city’s cool coastal style. 

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