Coastal Design Ideas

Coastal design is exactly what it sounds like: a design style that is all about that seaside aesthetic. This style isn’t reminiscent of an outdated beach house, however. In fact, with its casual vibe and natural elements, coastal style feels down-to-earth and lived-in while still looking put together. So, whether you have a beach cottage or just want a home reminiscent of the seaside, coastal style design is a beautiful solution. With soothing blue hues, beachy decor, natural fibers, and weathered wood furniture, coastal design is classically calming and beautiful. There are many ways to make a coastal-style space come to life. You can take a more subtle approach, simply weaving in a coastal color palette and materials. Or, you can adopt more of a theme for your space, with beachy art and decor. And then, of course, there are different styles of coastal design—the most notable being that laid-back, West Coast vibe or the more refined Nantucket look! Either way, a classic coastal space will have a color palette inspired by hues you’d find at the beach. So, you’ll find plenty of bright whites and warm, sandy neutrals, as well as a spectrum of blues and greens—and maybe even some earthy pinks and yellows. This color combination brings a serene touch to every coastal-style interior. One of our favorite aspects of coastal style is how approachable it is. This look is rooted in comfort, so opt for furniture that prioritizes that comfort and feels both durable and lived in. Coastal style often leans more toward traditional shapes, with rustic elements. So, when it comes to choosing foundational furniture throughout your home, steer away from overly modern lines. As for materials, we like wood that’s reminiscent of driftwood for coastal spaces—raw and unfinished, or with a sun-bleached or white-washed finished. Stay away from dark or high-gloss wood finishes, which add visual weight and formality.  For a sofa, think an overstuffed number you can really sink into, topped with plenty of throw pillows. Or, for a more refined look, you could go for a white slipcovered sofa. In the dining room, opt for a big table in natural wood tones where the whole family can gather. And in bedrooms, consider a bed with caning elements or make of weathered woods. But, in any room, you’ll want to make sure to balance heavier furniture with lighter-weight accent pieces and that neutral color palette—because coastal design is all about an open, airy aesthetic. For other furniture and decorative accents, mix in other natural materials like linen, jute, rattan, roping, and other woven textures. Beyond furniture, decorative accents help this look really come to life. For a more thematic take, go for wall art featuring beachy or ocean-inspired designs—or perhaps some framed photos of your favorite warm-weather vacation. Alternately, you could opt for more abstract art that simply weaves in your coastal color palette. For other decor, we love touches of coastal design on your bookshelves and other surfaces—objects like a coral statue or bookends, decorative driftwood, or a bowl that looks like it’s covered in seashells. Just using one or two in your space will just hint at that coastal inspiration, or again, you can layer in more for a more obvious theme. Woven baskets, poufs and rugs in natural materials like jute and seagrass are also perfect with this style. And speaking of rugs—while jute rugs are a great choice in coastal spaces, if that’s not your style, you could also opt for a rug with a washed-out pattern of blues and greys, earth tones, or a solid-colored rug made in a chunky weave. Adding extra color or texture in your area rug will add some warmth to the bright and breezy elements in the rest of your space! When it comes to other upholstery, like drapes, bedding, or throw pillows, think soft and cozy, with plenty of natural fibers. For window coverings, specifically, go for something lightweight or even sheer for a breezy feeling and to let in as much natural light as possible! Coastal style offers a causal approachability that can’t be beat. It’s a great style for families or pet-owners, too, since coastal-style furniture can take a bit of a beating. If it gets a little worn or weathered from use, that’s ok! A little patina only adds to the organic coastal look. Ready to see this look come to life and get some inspiration for your own home? We’ve compiled all of our best coastal designs—so, start scrolling!

Colorful Tropics: Living Room Design

Colorful Tropics: Living Room Design

Welcome home to this tropical and colorful living room. While the base of the space is neutral, the accents add a spunky touch with pops of orange and green for an energetic feel!

Get The Look: California Casual

Get The Look: California Casual

We are loving the enclosed storage in this entryway. The drawers create an easy place to stash mail, gloves, keys, and more. It’s perfect for on-the-go lifestyles.

Sage Colored Bedroom in Coastal Style

Sage Colored Bedroom in Coastal Style

The breezy light green of the walls makes everything feel so open and cozy, especially with the organic coastal room accents. To get a similar look at home, try pairing rustic and organic elements like a jute rug with a pale pastel in a cool tone.

Coastal Transitional Bedroom With Twin Nightstands

Coastal Transitional Bedroom With Twin Nightstands

This timeless coastal inspired bedroom features a light and bright base with different shades of blues. It includes a light washed transitional bed and gold accents on the lamps and nightstands on each side.

Cozy & Blue

Cozy & Blue

This cozy living room centers around the fireplace! The chairs face inward to keep the seating area conversational, while the blue and white color palette keeps the space calm and cohesive.

Lovely Coastal Inspired Dining Area with Natural Wood Touches

Lovely Coastal Inspired Dining Area with Natural Wood Touches

Coastal inspired light and bright casual dining area. Soft materials and textures create a welcoming and casual corner.

Beach Breeze Entryway

Beach Breeze Entryway

We love how the minimal styling in this space brings the beach right to you. With just a few simple touches, the ocean-themed wall-art, the seagrass, and the worn finish on the credenza, we feel like we are strolling seaside enjoying the breeze.

Down By The Sea

Down By The Sea

This coastal style beach house features the best of east coast style. It's a refined Nantucket-style living room full of crisp whites and blues, natural textures, and seaside accents. It's perfect if you love the idea of a space that’s less of a family hang-out and more like a sitting room in a charming seaside villa.

Stately Americana Inspired Built-in With Coastal Flair

Stately Americana  Inspired Built-in With Coastal Flair

This space is anchored in two styles that have long traditions and pair seamlessly together. Americana and coastal style. This is due to both styles utilizing similar colors, think rich reds and deep blues and a tendency toward woven materials that have a heritage quality to them.

Stately Americana Inspired Conversational Area With Coastal Flair

Stately Americana  Inspired Conversational Area With Coastal Flair

This space is anchored in two styles that have long traditions and pair seamlessly together. Americana and coastal style. This is due to both styles utilizing similar colors, think rich reds and deep blues and a tendency toward woven materials that have a heritage quality to them.

Pretty in Blue Living and Dining Room

Pretty in Blue Living and Dining Room

Classic meets traditional in this open plan layout. A slope armed sofa combined with a traditional coffee table sets the tone for the living room. Blue patterned chairs and a stunning chandelier in the dining room add in a classic twist and timeless appeal. 

Texture Twist Entry

Texture Twist Entry

Texture is a great way to add visual interest and help to soften your space.  This entry uses woven baskets as planters, which instantly creates warmth and a relaxed feel.  The Wrap Bench from CB2 continues the natural fibers with woven jute and a rich Acacia wood frame. The result is a welcoming space to invite your guests into your home!

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