Going Coastal

Ah the sand, the sea, the surf, the coast! Alluring anytime of year, but especially in summer when we all dream of beach getaways and days spent with our toes in the sand so naturally, bringing the coast back home with you and incorporating it into your home is a desirable look for many. 

The key to pulling off coastal style is all about color and texture. Most coastal inspired spaces have a breezy casual feel to them, as if you could kick off your flip flops and nap after a day spent on the shore. 


coastal inspired living room


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Creating a beachy or coastal vibe is easy to do if you find your inspiration in the colors of sand and sea.  Watery gray Atlantic blues work just as well as the more intense Mediterranean or Caribbean sea colors.  You can inject red coral tones or even purple or brown sea urchin tones, let the ocean critters be your guide!

Mix in sandy tone linens and cottons with your pillows and a slipcovered piece or two.  Use woven materials from rope to seagrass to bamboo to add layers of texture and to act as storage vessels or other decorative accents.  Incorporate natural or weathered wood in your coastal inspired space in the form of driftwood, natural, or whitewashed wood tones. 


coastal family room bhg

glass balls on built in shelves

Don’t forget a few carefully selected accents that remind you of the sea such as a sea fan, glass floats, or whimsical sea creatures or even your shell collection piled up in a glass hurricane, but be sure to exercise restraint with the accessories or you could end up going “overboard” with the look.  


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Here’s a roundup of a few fun home furnishings and accessories (from inexpensive to splurge!) to help you capture the coastal vibe in your own home! 

how to decorate coastal style


From top left: Blue Grasscloth Wallpaper, Designer Wallcoverings; Natural Wood Bead Chandy, Inside Lighting, $1,575; Decorative Oar, Inviting Home, $93; Thomas Paul Pillow, Nina Von, $45; Nautical Sconce, Destination Lighting, $400; Abigail Shell Mirror, Clayton Gray Home, $1,560′; Candle Lantern, Caron’s Beach House, $139; Blue Heron Tapestry, Horchow, $675; Braided Storage, West Elm, $19; Seagrass Pitcher, World Market, $13; Jeweled Lion Fish, Z Gallerie, $45; Jellyfish Pillow Cover, Wabisabi Green, $40; Red Coral Metal Sculpture, Horchow, $695; Glass Fishing Float, Wisteria, $49; Castaway Lanterns, Wisteria, $49;  Arteriors Cassidy Lamp, Amazon, $285; Woven Dining Chair, Pier 1, $100; Sundial Chair in Salt, Serena & Lily, $1,795; Banana Fiber Stool, IKEA, $29′; Edgewood Coffee Table, Crate + Barrel, $699; 6 x 9 Catamaran Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Dash & Albert, $298; 8 x 10 Sisal Rug, Pottery Barn, $249


Are you a lover of coastal inspired spaces?




8 Responses to “ Going Coastal ”

  1. Absolutely! My entire site is devoted to coastal style living, with a sea of decor & craft inspiration, as well as products.

  2. Yet another great article! Thanks again!

  3. Beautiful Post! I love every single thing, especially the corgis in the first picture! SO adorable! :)

  4. I absolutely have a coastal feel through all the main areas of my home! I grew up in Hawaii and though I have lived in Idaho now for many years, the water still calls to me.
    I kept to mostly the colors and textures that remind me of the sea with only accents of actual “beach” decor so the effect feels more calming rather then themed.

  5. I Have read your blog, nice share, i will back again to read

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