The breezy tranquility of a seaside vacation home can be achieved in any space with coastal décor. Inspired by the relaxed sophistication of coastal living, this beachy style relies heavily on maritime motifs: stripes, nautical accents, and light, weathered wood are commonly seen in coastal-inspired homes, typically complemented by shades of white and blue.
Though heavily inspired by nautical imagery, the coastal style doesn't require gratuitous use of seashells, ship wheels, or life preservers in its décor. While sand dollars and maritime flags serve as charming accents when used sparingly, an excess of beachy accessories can easily cross the line into kitsch. Instead, use striped patterns, seashore-inspired colors, and breezy textiles like linen slipcovers and sheer curtain panels to create your coastal space.
Shades of blue and white are the signature colors of coastal design, often complemented by varying neutrals including black and charcoal. While this may not seem like much of an opportunity to get creative with color, there are plenty of ways to keep your coastal color palette feeling fresh and inspired. Try layering different shades of white for a more dynamic look, or add pops of brightness with beachy hues like coral, robin's egg blue, or seashell pink.
Light, distressed wood is one of the hallmark design elements of the coastal style. Whether painted with a light, matte shade, whitewashed, or unfinished and worn down by the elements, this traditional coastal look instantly evokes imagery of sun-kissed piers and driftwood awash on the shore. For an added coastal accent, incorporate painted planks or beadboard into your space.
Natural fibers such as wicker, straw, and sea grass feel right at home alongside nautical décor. Coastal area rugs made of sisal or jute are perfect for pulling together a room, all while standing up to repeated encounters with wet, sandy feet. Pair with a white coastal coffee table and slipcovered sofa for a beachy-chic living space.
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Further Reading: What is Coastal Style? A Guide to Nautical & Coastal Interior Design.