[Blog takeover] 5 ways achieve that laid-back Californian vibe at home by Apartment Number 4

5 ways to get the Californian Cool interiors look in your own home

Have I got a treat for you in store for you today! I  am so excited to be sharing this post with you as it is my first ever blog takeover and I am delighted to introduce Victoria from the very gorgeous interior and lifestyle blog Apartment Number 4. Vic has got the most gorgeous interior style and a brilliant knack of finding amazing home buys that are affordable and stylish. Today she is sharing her brilliant tips on how to get the laid-back Cali vibe in your very own home, right here on The Green Eyed Girl. 

So without further ado, I shall pass you over to Vic. I do hope you enjoy!

Happy Sunday lovelies, and welcome to my first guest post on The Green Eyed Girl. A meeting of minds and general love for interiors brought Claire and I together online and we thought it would be a great way to share our tips and tricks by blog swapping for the day.

So, a quick introduction – my name’s Victoria and I basically live and breathe interiors. If I’m not blogging about home décor, I’m searching for interior bargains and styling my apartment over and over again. The whole ethos behind my blog, Apartment Number 4 is that having a stylish home doesn’t have to cost the world – there are so many ways you can create a Pinterest-worthy home on a budget.

With that said, today I’m sharing some ideas of how to replicate a popular Pinterest trend in your own home – the Californian bungalow. If you’re a fan of interior stylist Emily Henderson, you’ll know exactly the sort of vibe I mean. So here are my five tips on creating a similar look within your own home, even if you’re a million miles from the sunny climates of Cali.

5 ways achieve that laid-back Californian vibe at home

5 ways to get the Californian Cool interiors look in your own home

Neutral walls

Keep walls light and fresh to create the perfect backdrop to statement pieces of furniture, prints on textiles and colourful artwork. This doesn’t necessarily mean white walls throughout, but perhaps consider a blush pink, mint green or the lightest of greys. Whatever hue you choose, keep it on the warm side as you’re trying to steer away from that modern clinical feel.

5 ways to get the Californian Cool interiors look in your own home

Mid-century inspired furniture

The trend for mid-century furniture on Pinterest has absolutely sky rocketed in the last year or so and it doesn’t look set to die down any time soon. Which is great if you’re looking to add a little retro flair to your home, as the high street and more affordable stores create replica pieces with a more affordable price tag. The key to creating a Californian vibe within your home is to not be too matchy-matchy. Yes, of course, create symmetry within a room – there’s nothing more stylish than two matching chairs within a room against a statement sofa – but look for pieces which have personality behind them, remembering to keep a similar wooden theme running throughout the room.

5 ways to get the Californian Cool interiors look in your own home

Natural textures

When you look inside a Californian bungalow you’ll be able to spot a plethora of natural textures, from untreated wood to rattan furniture and plant life. It’s about bringing in the sunny outdoors that Cali is famous for and integrating it effortlessly into your own home. I love the addition of cacti around the room in woven baskets, with rattan seats and wicker lampshades.

Californian cool interiors

Prints and patterns

With a neutral background as mentioned earlier, it’s easy to add pops of colour and interest with the use of cushions, throws and rugs. Tribal prints, Persian rugs and Moroccan patterns can all work amazingly well in this style of interior. You can also layer rugs throughout the room, which works well if you live in an open place space and need to define each area for living, dining, working etc.

5 ways to get the Californian Cool interiors look in your own home

Decorative accessories

From woven wall hangings to vintage maps and accessories picked up vintage fairs or flea markets, decorative additions really do tie the room together. Pieces that you’ve discovered while on your travels work well within this scheme, as do eclectic finds that you wouldn’t necessarily find in your every day trip to Ikea. Create vignettes around the room, remembering the rule of three, add pops of colour with fresh flowers and make sure your personality shines through to create a warm welcoming part of your home.

If you enjoyed this post then make sure you check out my blog for weekly does of interior inspiration, and don’t forget to sign up to my free monthly magazine, 4, which will help you create a beautiful home on a budget. Plus, everything single thing featured is completely shoppable and with issue 02 landing on Thursday be sure to check your inboxes this week.

Images courtesy of Styled by Emily Henderson.

It’s Claire here again.

So what do you think? Pretty gorgeous! Are you inspired by the Cali look? If so I have found loads of gorgeous Cali-inspired items that can help bring the Cali look to your own home. Just scroll to the right to browse.

And if you’d like to read the post I have written for Apartment Number 4, my 3 essential interior styling tips,  head over there now.

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  1. Ann
    May 28, 2017 / 10:53 am

    Oooh great post! This is just up my street and this has inspired me to change walk colours to get that fresh brightness my home needs! Thank you thank you!

    • greeneyed
      May 28, 2017 / 11:17 am

      I’m so glad you liked the post Ann! Victoria has got such a good eye for style hasn’t she! Make sure you sign up to her new newsletter ‘4’ -it’s fab and there’s a new one out soon 🙂

  2. May 29, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    I absolutely love this blog swap Claire!

    I completely devoured Victoria’s piece and can’t wait to head over to yours now too!

    Monica x

    • greeneyed
      May 29, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      Yay I’m so glad Monica-I loved Victoria’s post too x

  3. May 29, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    I love this look! I have white walls already and love to play around with colours. Maybe I will change them up a bit for a more Cali style 🙂

    • greeneyed
      May 29, 2017 / 3:25 pm

      I know, I’m thinking of adding a bit in to my home now too x

  4. May 31, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    Such a great meeting of minds! I love this Cali look, dark and rich interiors are fabulous but not really me. pInning away like a maniac!

  5. July 16, 2019 / 8:33 am

    Such an amazing post. i am also inspire with the mid century furniture, it is looking so much attractive with wall combination. I love this blog thanks for the ideas. I will but this type of furniture for my apartment.

  6. July 22, 2019 / 2:13 pm

    OMG! amazing pictures i really inspire and specially with the header image of this post. thanks a lot for sharing these beautiful ideas.