Whether you have a beach cottage or just want an easy living room reminiscent of the seaside, coastal style design is a beautiful solution. With staples like white linen sofas, natural fibers, and weathered woods, coastal living rooms are nothing short of airy and inviting! There are so many ways to make a coastal living room come to life, and with beachy and coastal elements, you can run with a full-on theme or opt for more subtle hints of coastal. But one thing almost all coastal living room designs have in common are their bright and airy nature, which combines a beachy color palette with natural light for a living room that’s comfortable and inviting! Coastal living rooms tend to have soft, natural color palettes with plenty of sandy, white, and ivory neutrals, as well as a mix of blues. You can also weave in other earthy tones of greens, pinks, and yellows. But varying shades of blues are definitely the predominant color you’ll see in a coastal living room design! Coastal living room layouts tend to be a little more casual and geared toward conversational seating—but they still have a very clean aesthetic. Opt for light materials in your furniture, like a white or tan sofa, perhaps in a crisp cotton slipcover or upholstery in a soft canvas, cotton, or linen weave. And when it comes to the type of sofa you choose, go for styles that prioritize comfort. For additional seating, you can’t go wrong with armchairs made of rattan or with caning details. Or, you could go for a teak or other wood-framed chair with plush, light-colored cushions. And, of course, you’ll want to weave in natural materials throughout your coastal living room. Some of our favorite coastal living room design ideas are pieces like rattan side tables, a mosaic coffee table with finish reminiscent of seashells, rope-wrapped table lamps, and woven pendant lights. And don’t forget jute, whether it’s in a pouf for a casual seating option or in an area rug! And speaking of area rugs, if jute isn’t your style, you could also opt for a rug with a washed-out pattern of blues and greys, 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! For window coverings, go for something lightweight or even sheer for a breezy feeling and to let in as much natural light as possible! The final decorative touches is where you can up the ante for a full-on coastal theme or give more of a subtle nod. For a more thematic take, with wall art featuring seashells or oceanic designs—or perhaps some framed photos of your favorite beach vacation. Or, 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. Ready for some coastal living room design inspiration to get you started on your own living room design or to just gather some ideas for the future? Here are our favorite coastal living room design ideas to bring this look to life!
Coastal design is a hallmark of American style thanks to its timeless use of neutral colors and woven textures. But If you want a coastal space to feels a little more playful, remember the same subtle trademarks that make coastal style classic also make it versatile. Here our designer added a bit of flair by using some playful silhouettes in a casual layout.
The core of any coastal style living room is the coffee table. For this style, you need an oversized coffee table that can fit everyone around it. Lightwood and curved details bring in the driftwood feeling that we always think of when it comes to coastal design. The final touch is having one or two trays to hold all your decor pieces that can be moved when you are ready to break out the board game.
The task of decorating a mix-use space can be daunting if you need to combine two rooms in one but don't want to skimp on style. An excellent solution to creating an area that is functional and fashionable is selecting light-colored furniture with slender and or simple silhouettes. These simplistic forms will give the space an open and modern chic feel and allowing you to bring two room types together seamlessly.
In this coastal living room, a cozy corner fireplace is accented with a large entertainment center to create the perfect environment for hosting parties and family gatherings. This type of furniture piece is ideal for high or sloped ceilings, and is the perfect solution if you don’t want to mount your TV above the fireplace. It also provides optimum storage space, with both open and closed options.
The natural textures and pale hues associated with coastal style can be a great way to make a space feel casual and inviting. But, it can be easy to veer into kitschy territory with all the beach themed decor. To create a space that feels more subtle, stick to items that recall the beach but don't reference it too directly. In this living room, sandy wood finishes, pale blue accents, and shell-like vessels are nice nods to the coast that don't feel too obvious.
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.
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.
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