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Design Tips: Small Beach Cottage Design

How to live large with style in a small space.

Small beach cottage design tips

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.

Beach cottage small living design tips

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

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Small beach cottage

Creative coastal space

Coastal room with character

Coastal slipcovered sofa

Coastal ship lights in kitchen and dining room

Outdoor coastal slipcover furniture


I LOVE the BEACH HOUSE TOUR!! We don't have ANYTHING like this in Quebec unfortunatly... Our bedroom is white and blue with many beach accents. I took my ideas from you! We've got it since 20 years and it is still update!
-   2 weeks ago -
Beachy decor has never caught my eye until I saw this Mint - Julep Water Color, FL Beach House. Not overdone. No avalanch of seashells. Green is my favorite color and the different hues make this rental outstanding.
-   2 weeks ago -
Love this wind chime. Next project
-   4 weeks ago -
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