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How to Decorate Coastal Style?

While Nautical Decor captures the adventurous spirit of the high seas, coastal decor is all about capturing the serenity of the shore and simplicity of the laid-back beach lifestyle. This short guide lays down the coastal decor and coastal design basics followed by 7 coastal interior design ideas to help you create beautiful coastal inspired rooms that feature what you love most about the coast. Image: 11 Neutral Coastal Living Room Decor Ideas.

Coastal Decor Interior Room Design Guide
Sea, sand, sun, salty breezes, shore birds, and treasures washed ashore are just a few of the things we love about the coast, along with feelings of relaxation, ease and fun, as well as a deep sense of spacious beingness. It is no surprise that coastal decor and coastal interior design have become so popular. And as you will see, the coast and the sea can be represented in a variety of ways. In general coastal style means light and breezy rooms, bathed in white, blues and natural tones to create a calm and relaxed space. The overall vibe is often an eternal summer feel. As true coastal enthusiasts we pay little attention to decor trends and draw our inspiration for accent colors and motifs from the shore. But coastal decor can be as individual and specific as the location of your home and/or the location of your favorite coastline. For example, you could channel your favorite place by the sea as described in point 8 under Coastal Interior Design Ideas. Images: ChairLanternsArt.

Coastal Beach Color Palette Schemes Room Decor Inspiration

Coastal Decor Basics
Create a home that captures what you love most about the coast.

1. Coastal Colors
Sun bleached whites, light blue and green hues of the sea, and sandy beige tones are the main coastal colors.
Other beautiful serene colors to incorporate into your coastal decor theme are dune grass greens, beach pebble grays, driftwood grays & browns, and all the colors you find in shells. For some pops of vibrant colors, think of the beautiful yellow and orange sun light at dawn and dusk, the colors of shore flowers, as well as all the beach umbrellas that brim with bright fun colors. Turn to the Shore for Room Color Schemes -Nature's color combinations are always perfect.

2. Space over Things
Stepping out onto the beach and looking over the sea one instantly feels a sense of space and ease.
To bring this open and expansive feeling to the home, keep your rooms breezy and uncluttered. Arrange furnishings in a fashion that maintains an overall vista, and go easy on accessorizing. Make your house feel as though a gentle ocean breeze could flow through it. 

3. Relaxed Simplicity
Relaxed simplicity is the way of the beach. You want the space to be comfortable and casual, whether your home decor style is elegant, eclectic cottage style, or something in between. The coastal aesthetic of relaxed simplicity can be achieve no matter what your coastal decor style is. Furnishings and materials that can take a little wear and tear are good choices. Simple streamlined wood furniture pieces as well as weathered and distressed furniture pieces are all easy going. You might even want to consider using outdoor fabrics and rugs inside the home.     

4. Natural Fibers & Textures
Use natural materials that mimic nature by the sea. Cottons and linens feel simple and breezy; woods, jute, sisal, and natural woven materials all read very coastal. Think of palms, pines, driftwood and dune grasses. Some woven materials are made from actual seagrass. For example, a natural woven jute or Sisal Rug is a great choice for an all white coastal palette in the living room or in the bedroom, adding needed earthiness and texture to the space. You can always top the rug with a smaller soft carpet for added comfort, in case you don't like how the texture feels. 

Simple Home Decor Style Tip Quote
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." ~William Morris
Coastal Interior by Williams Sonoma

Coastal Interior Design Ideas
"Coastal style is at its best when it sets a mood rather than hitting people over the head with its beachiness."

1. Get an Ocean View
If you don't see the sea from your window, no problem. Anyone can have an ocean view with Coastal Art!
Hang a great coastal beach painting or photograph in a prominent spot. Above the fireplace, the TV, above the sofa, the bed or a buffet table; any place where your coastal art catches the eye and imagination. For a rustic beachy look, consider Coastal Art Decor Ideas on Wood. A great piece of coastal art can also be the inspiration for your entire room and identify your color palette.

2. Add Oceanic Sparkle
Bring something shiny to your space that sparkles like the sea on a sunny day.
Mirrors and Mirrored Decor & Furnishings, anything glass, including choosing luminous glass tiles for kitchen and bathroom.

3. Expressive Accessories
Choose Coastal Decor Accessories that really speak to you. Things that capture the essence of your coastal experience. For example, if you love to snorkel, find some great Faux Coral Figurines that bring the underwater world to your home.  

4. Coastal Motifs and Icons
Include patterns that feature coastal motifs, such as shells, coral branches, starfish, as well as beachy stripes. The easiest way to do this is with a bunch of great Coastal Pillows, dreamy Coastal Bedding, or awesome Upholstered Chairs with Coastal Fabric.

5. Focal Point Coastal Accent Wall
Besides creating an ocean view as mention in point 2, there are many other Wall Decor Ideas to inspire your coastal interior design. Want to go big and bold? Devote an entire wall to the coastal theme. This can be a Coastal Gallery Wall, a wallpapered wall, or a painted wall. 

6. Display your Beach Finds in Style
Chances are that you collect shells and whatever else intrigues you while taking a stroll along the beach. There is your opportunity for free coastal decor. To make sure to keep your space uncluttered, Display your Shells & Beach Finds in a stylish and organized fashion. Jars and Fillable Glass Table Lamps keep your treasures safe & sound. Driftwood is another great addition for any coastal decor style. Large sculptural driftwood branches, for example, are awesome art from the shore that can be displayed anywhere in the home, even mounted on the wall.

7. Channel a Favorite Place
If you're not living near the coast, or even if you do, channel a favorite place.
Charming Nantucket, whimsical Key West, a tropical Caribbean Island, a spot on the Mediterranean sea, or your stay in a Greek Island Villa. Coastal styles and coastal interior designs vary by location, pronouncing different design elements, according to culture, history and traditions. You can infuse these elements or make them the star of your coastal decor scheme.

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