Design Tips: A Coastal Living Room

Coastal light blue living room

1. Set The Mood With Your Paint Color. The paint color you choose for your coastal living room will affect how you feel in the space. Colors can energize or relax the space, depending on how intense they are and how warm or cool they are. A serene hue of soft blues and white makes this living room feel calm, cool, and collected. A natural jute area rug warms the space and keeps the cool tones in balance.

2. Area Rugs.  The living room gets a lot of use, choose a floor covering that provides comfort, makes a design statement and holds up to family life. This natural fiber area rug will give your space a beachy design while anchoring the room. 

Coastal living room with vintage boat oars as a focal point

3. Create A Coastal Focal Point. A focal point anchors the living room and helps draw you into the space. A fireplace is a natural focal point, symbolizing hearth and home, but in most living spaces, the television is the true center of attention.  A beautiful view or a stunning piece of  driftwood art can also serve as a room's focal point. This coastal living room uses vintage boat oars as it's focal point.

Beach house living room with layered coastal lighting.

4. Arrange Furniture For Conversation. Living rooms are gathering spaces, so use your furniture arrangement to promote conversation and interaction. Pull coastal seating away from the walls and arrange them to face each other. If you have a large living room, break it into two conversational groups for a more comfortable, intimate feeling. Slipcovered chairs and ottomans that can be pulled into the group as needed allow you to expand the circle and still keep the intimacy.

5. Inviting Coastal Lighting.  Lighting in the living room should create a relaxed, comfy cozy mood. Create layers of light, table lamps that focus the light down will encourage people to sit down and relax. The overlapping arcs of light from coastal chandeliers lluminate the seating, sending the message to sit and relax.

These 5 design tips will take your living room from drab to coastal fab. 5 simple tips to help you create a beautiful coastal living room


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