Coastal decor doesn’t have to be limited to vacation homes and beachy bungalows. Whether you’re a hundred miles from the water or have a home at the shore, these tips will give you a place to start!
Casual Atmosphere - We naturally associate being at the beach with rest and relaxation. Similarly a coastal inspired space should be comfy and easy to live in. This doesn’t mean there can’t be an air of elegance to your decor, you just need to choose the right feel for your furnishings.
Natural Textures - When choosing anything from furniture and window treatments to flooring and wall art, think of organic elements that will provide lots of great texture and be reminiscent of the beach. Use materials such as linen, rope, rattan, dried seagrass or even burlap, to name a few.
Weathered Elements - Painted surfaces with an "antiqued" finish offers a weathered effect that appears gently aged by the sand and salty air. For a more sun-kissed look, consider light-colored or bleached wood with smooth or worn edges.
Light and Airy Space - Having an open space with lots of natural light combined with bright whites and soft neutrals is reminiscent of the white sand and bright sun of your favorite tropical spot.
Pops of Bright Color - Having bright whites and neutrals doesn’t mean you need to shy away from color. Use a muted palette inspired by the ocean or sand dunes, or a punch of a brighter, more “tropical” color, like coral or cerulean blue.
Beachcombed Treasures - Display beachcombed treasures such as sea glass, shells, driftwood or sand in a bottle to add texture and visual interest to shelves, a coffee table or mantle.
Looking for more ideas? Visit the below Pinterest boards for examples of coastal cottage decorating.