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Beach House living room with navy coastal decor and slipcover furnishings

1. Navy Blue

Coastal designers are now enlisting Navy blue for their go-to dramatic hue. When paired with pops of white, red, or yellow it has an chic beachy vibe. This beach house living room with navy coastal decor and slipcover furnishings is a perfect example of navy done right.

Farmhouse coastal style with vintage nautical accents

2. Farmhouse Style

Farmhouse staples such as cozy throws, weathered antiques, and painted finish collections. To make the style feel at home by the ocean try adding a few vintage nautical pieces to the mix.

Coastal flamingos used in beachy designs

 3. Flamingos

Flamingo-themed parties are technically the top pin on Pinterest . The fun motif has popped up in the coastal design world, like in this fabulous wallpaper paired with boathouse striped slipcover sofas.

Brass fox cargo ship lights in coastal kitchen

4. Copper Accents

This year copper is the showstopper for hardware, light fixtures, side tables, range hoods, not to mention exterior accents such as weather vanes and gutters.  Brass fox cargo light fixtures in coastal kitchen adds just the right copper hues in a coastal design.

Vintage nautical accents in a coastal slipcover living room

5. Hygge

The pared down Danish aesthetic known Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is taking Pinterest by storm. Expect the simple style to give way to monochromatic color schemes and comfy slipcover coastal living with ample texture.

Beachy kitchen with lucite details

6. Acrylic Details

Whether it’s a smart set of barstools or a handsome floating frame, acrylic accents and accessories are this year’s clear favorite for adding a gleaming (and easy to clean) finish to a space.

Coastal bedroom with modern mirror nightstands.

7. Modern Nightstands

Move over bulky, could almost-be-a-dresser, nightstands—2017 is having a fling with clean-lined side tables that cut bedroom clutter. Coastal bedroom with modern mirror nightstands, slipcover bed and aqua coastal bedding shows us how great it looks. 

Beach house balcony garden

8. Balcony Gardens

Beach-dwelling gardeners rejoice! Compact container gardens are taking root on balconies across the globe. (And Pinterest is chockful of ideas for creating your own.) The growing trend is equally at home on coastal porches and patios.

Outdoor living with fire elements

9. Fire Pit

An elegant fire pit creates a warm and welcoming coastal outdoor living space and is on trend for 2017.

Driftwood chandelier and natural elements in a beach house living room

10. Driftwood & Natural Textures

Layered textures is trending this year. The natural textures of driftwood and woven furnishings create a layered look in this beach house coastal living room.

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PHOTO CREDITS:

Navy Blue

Farmhouse Style

Flamingos

Copper Accents

Hygge

Acrylic Details

Modern Nightstands

Balcony Gardens

Fire Pit

Driftwood & Natural Textures

Draped coastal outdoor living space

1. Using fabric as drapes or sun block can soften a space and make it feel more like the indoors. This design trick creates an inviting and relaxing space.

Slipcover outdoor living space

2. Bring the indoors outside.
Using indoor style furnishings like these coastal slipcovered sofas and chairs will extend your living room to the outdoors giving your home increased living space. Slipcovered outdoor furniture covered in outdoor fabric has a rich and luxurious look. 

Fire element

3. Something to gather around.
Whether you are getting together for drinks and conversation or a family dinner, having something to gather around is necessary. This item can be a great coastal dining table, coffee table or in this case a fire pit.

Coastal outdoor space with nautical lanterns

4. Nautical lanterns add light and ambiance with a sea inspired touch to your outdoor space. Take a coastal ship lantern and add it to your design for a great nautical touch.

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PHOTO CREDITS:

Draped Coastal Outdoor Space

Slipcovered Outdoor Living Space

Coastal Fire Element

Coastal Outdoor Space With Nautical Lanterns

10 Tips for choosing paint colors in your coastal home.

Coastal beach house dining room

Picking your paint colors can be so overwhelming.  Take some advice from the pros and make selecting paint colors for your home a little easier.  Have confidence in your choices and choose the right paint for your home as well as your personality. 

LIGHTING It is very important to know the type of lighting in the room you will be painting. Keep this in mind while shopping for colors.  A paint color will look very different in fluorescent lighting vs. natural lighting vs. incandescent lighting.  Make sure you take your paint chip options home with you and look at them in the space you are painting because the lights at the store will be different from the lights you have at home.

Coastal Slipcover relaxed living room

EMOTION Color plays a huge part in our psychology and how we feel in a space.  Remember that the color you select will elicit different emotions.  Think about how you want to feel in that space once it is painted.  Want to feel relaxed and peaceful?  You should go with a cooler or a lighter color.  Or, if you want to feel energized and excited, you can go with a brighter color in a warm tone or a darker color.

CONTINUITY When selecting paint colors, think of the home as a whole.  If you are painting the dining room that is adjoining the kitchen, the color of the kitchen will affect how the color of the dining room appears.  When colors are placed next to each other, they make each look different than when alone.  In the image at right, the blue box in the center is the same color but it looks much brighter and more crisp when placed inside an orange box (its complimentary color) than inside a blue box.  

TRIM What color to paint that pesky trim?  Typically, the best choice is white.  I know it sounds boring but it’s true. 

CEILING  So, you have picked your wall color but now what color do you paint the ceiling?  A good rule to follow is to take the wall color and add 50% white.  You will get a color that is much less dark and will compliment the wall color.  Colors on ceilings always appear darker than the walls. 

Beach house coastal design

COMBINING COLORS You want to go with more than one color, as many people do, but how do you know what will look good together?  The best thing you can do is consult the color wheel.  Colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel will always complement each other and make the colors appear true to their hue and appear clean and crisp.

SMALL ROOMS Small spaces can be made to look bigger with the use of light colors.  

PAINT vs. FURNISHINGS  Always pick your paint color LAST!  This may sound crazy if you are moving into a new house, BUT, there are a million and one paint colors out there but you may only find one slipcover sofa that you love.  Choose all the furnishings and accessories and then pick your paint color.  It will ensure that everything matches.

QUALIFYING COLORS  When you bring your paint chip home to see how it will look in the space, do not hold it up against the wall you want to paint.  This will only distort the color of the paint chip.  Instead, hold the paint chip against the sofa or cabinetry to get a better feel of how it will look in the space.

OWN IT  The most important tip that I have is to pick the color that you love and then as scary as this sounds, go one shade darker.  The natural tendency is to go lighter but this will look washed out if you go too light.  You are picking out a color and you want it to look like a color on the wall, not just a version of white.  Don’t be afraid!

All the advice you need to pick the perfect coastal paint colors for your seaside home. Coastal paint colors picked the right way.

Paint Color Advice from A Pro- coastalcottageobx.com

Love the beauty of seaglass,what a fantastic way to display it!!!! An love the ombre effect!!!
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LOVE THESE KITCHENS
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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!
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