coastal style


Bringing the Beach Home

Coastal inspired spaces are incredibly popular because of the light and bright approach to decorating, with pale sand and sea inspired palettes that dictate the design choices.

This week I’m taking a much anticipated vacation at the beach where one cannot escape the beauty of the ocean and the serenity the sight and sound of it brings. I rounded up some soothing spaces to share this week with a few tips on incorporating a coastal style and bringing the feeling of the beach indoors. 

An easy way to incorporate a breezy and coastal inspired style is to choose light or white furnishings, or include stylish slipcovered sofas and chairs. Add contrast and texture with a coffee table made of rustic or weathered wood to complete the look.

beachy family room


coastal inspired living room


Pale tans and taupes on walls, curtains, or furniture repeat the color of sand and provide a soothing neutral backdrop that allows you change out accessories with the seasons. 

sand colors in living room


Watery blues pair perfectly with sandy tones, and choosing a bamboo woven shade adds another layer of texture reminiscent of tropical destinations. 

beach colors in bedroom


Nautical inspired fabrics in stripes or coastal motifs bring the beach indoors by adding classic or playful patterns. 

nautical fabrics


Shells and coral are sculptural and textural accents that are perfect for displaying on bookshelves or console tables.  

beach accents


sea colors coral accents


Accent pieces with distressed paint treatments bring a weathered and worn look as if they’ve been sitting in the sun or have recently washed ashore. 

tropical teal sofa


Beach inspired decorating can be done in smaller or subtle ways by placing your coastal finds on display, such as this driftwood and shell mobile, or perhaps more simply and casually with starfish and smooth stones placed on a shelf or mantel. 

driftwood mobiles


beach treasures


How do you layer your home with coastal inspired furnishings or finds? 




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


blue and white living room bhg


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.  


sea fans blue walls bhg


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?