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Designer Tips

You don't have to live by the sea to get a coastal look. With these 10 tips you will feel like you've got the ocean on your doorstep. Capture the essence of the seaside in any space with these coastal design and decorating ideas.

Coastal beach house living room with slipcovered furnishings

1. Slipcover Furnishings. One of the best coastal decor items that will give you the biggest beachy impact is a slipcovered sofa. Nothing says comfy beach house quite like slipcovered furniture.


Coastal beach house living room with jute area rug

2. Natural floors. Natural flooring, such as jute, sea grass and sisal, make great rugs that simulate the sand on the beach instantly giving the space a seaside feel.


Coastal room with driftwood wall art

3. Driftwood.  Beautiful weathered wood strewn along the beach, known as driftwood is seen as a treasure found on the beaches. Adding driftwood into your decor gives the design a coastal collected ambiance. This driftwood wall art is a great example of how to use it in your home.


Coastal living room with blue and white striped area rug

4. Stripes. Blue and white stripes brighten any space while giving it a coastal design found in many beach houses decor. This blue and white stripe area rug is the perfect example of relaxed beach house design.


Seashell collections displayed

5. Seashell Decor.  Seashells are easy to use in your design, they can be placed on a coffee table as an accent or displayed as a collection in a bookcase. There are so many ways to incorporate sea life decor into your home.


Beach house decor with coastal lighting

6. Coastal Lighting, From ship cargo lights to shell chandeliers, coastal lighting can add more than light to your design. A coastal chandelier can add interest to a room with beachy style.


Comfy beach house living room with wicker chairs and weathered wood table

7. Wicker Textures. Wicker gives a relaxed beach feel. Add in a wicker chair or a set of wicker baskets to give your home a relaxed beach house design.

8. Weathered Wood. Just like the textures wicker creates, weathered wood gives a collected and evolved design to your space. This weathered wood Hamptons coffee table is a great example.

Coastal beach house with aqua accents

9. Aqua Accents. There is something about the color aqua that evokes the feeling of cool ocean waters. Bringing in aqua to a space whether on your walls or as an accent will give the space an ocean side vibe. 

10. Coastal Pillows. Soft accents like coastal throw pillows will give a comfy touch to your home while providing some extra seaside design.

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Coastal Beach House Living Room With Slipcovered Furnishings

Coastal Comfy Living Room With Natural Jute Area Rug

Beach House With Driftwood Wall Art

Coastal Living Room With Blue And White Striped Area Rug

Coastal Room with Display of Seashell Collection

Coastal Beach House Design With Coastal Lighting

Coastal Beach House With Wicker Accent Chairs

Aqua Accents and Coastal Throw Pillows 

How to live large with style in a small space.

Beach House Foyer With Large Coastal Driftwood Mirror

1. Be creative! Be very creative, make sure you have a few daring elements to deliver big visual impact, while also creating the illusion of more space. Best trick to getting all of these in one is with a large coastal mirror.

Coastal Slipcover  Living Room With Textures

2. Character through texture.  Varying finishes, starting with one thing and playing off it.  Perfect example of this would be weathered wood or driftwood wall art paired with a natural fiber area rug.

Coastal slipcover sofa

3. Mix formal and casual.  You never want your home to feel stuffy or pretentious. There is more authenticity in bringing different worlds together. Mix up your grandmother's antique accent chair with a beachy white slipcovered sofa.

Coastal ship lights

4. Stay consistent. A house flows better (and seems roomier) when spaces share elements. Carry a style of lighting or a color through rooms, you can achieve this with coastal chandeliers that carry from the kitchen to the dining room.

Outdoor slipcover sofa and furnishings

5. Blur outside and In. “The backyard should function like an extension of the house, this will make the home feel larger and your living space bigger. Try using slipcover sofas outside to give your backyard a living room design.

Designing a small coastal space to give you a big design impact. Coastal design tips for your small coastal cottage.

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Beach House Foyer With Large Coastal Driftwood Mirror

Coastal Living Room with Textures

Coastal room with character

Coastal slipcovered sofa

Coastal ship lights in kitchen and dining room

Outdoor coastal slipcover furniture

Aqua and white coastal dining room

Coastal Living's 2016 Hamptons showhouse dining room shopped for you by The Crew. Coastal shopping by Our Boat House for this aqua dining room design.

SHOPPING GUIDE:

Coastal Rectangular Dining Table

Boca Armless Dining Chair

White Washed Sideboard 

Tidal Orb Chandelier

Acapulco Table Lamp

St. Bart's Slipcover Bench

Catamaran Stripe Aqua/White Indoor/Outdoor Rug (11-Sizes)

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Coastal Living 2016 Hamptons Showhouse Dining Room

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