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Coastal Design Tips

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.

Our Boat House

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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Beach House Foyer With Large Coastal Driftwood Mirror

Coastal Living Room with Textures

Coastal room with character

Coastal slipcovered sofa

Ocean blue hue accents

1. Cool Ocean Hues. Beautiful pops of aqua blues make any bedroom feel like a guest room by the ocean. Pull in those lovely ocean blues with coastal throw pillows or a great coastal blanket.

Natural textures and layers

2. Natural Textures. Adding in layers of rattan, wicker and wood create layers and pull in the natural tones found along the shore. A weave of blond and browns mimic the sand ultimately creating a feel of being seaside.

Coastal bedroom with sea inspired bedding

3. Coastal Bedding. Create an inviting luxurious coastal bedroom with beautiful sea inspired bedding. Cozy comfy bedding like this beautiful coastal bedding creates the perfect beach house guest room.

4. Sea Inspired Chandeliers. Hang a beautiful seashell or driftwood chandelier in your guest room to create interest with lighting while adding ambiance to the space. This coastal guest room has a beautiful wood bead coastal chandelier hanging over the  Montauk slipcover bed.

Nautical inspired bunk rooms

5. Room For The Family. Creating space for the kids to sleep makes family visits more comfortable and fun. A guest room that sleeps all the kids in one spot is key.  Wether you go with a row of twin beds or stack bunk beds to create a nautical bunk room your guest will appreciate a creative coastal space for the kids.

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Ocean Blue Accented Guest Bedroom

Natural Textures and Weaves

Our Boat House Coastal Guest Bedroom

Nautical Inspired Bunk Rooms

Layered Coastal Living Room

1. Layer Your Space. In the same way that you dress yourself for cooler weather, add layers to your home with slipcovers, pillows and throw blankets. Use this time to experiment with mixing textures, patterns, and colors. This Beach house living room is a perfect example of layering with texture, from the jute area rug to the woven accent chairs.

2. Think Warm TonesEven bright white can feel autumnal when combined with warm oranges and browns. Consider giving those seaglass tones a break until spring in favor of more seasonal pillows or throws.

Eggplant And Coral Coastal Living Room

3. But Not Just OrangeWhen adding fall color, orange is not your only option. Jewel tones of deep purple, magenta, and even dark teal can go a long way in warming up a space.

Coastal Dining With Flowers

4. Just Add Flowers.  A vase of happy yellow sunflowers or vivid fall foliage will instantly enliven a room. Yellows, oranges, reds, and purples are perfect for autumn.

Create a warm and welcoming entry.

5.  Warm & Welcoming. Fall marks the start of holiday guests arriving so give them a gracious welcome with a happy coastal entryway. This beach house foyer features an inviting window seat and nautical rug that softens the entry.
Fire Things Up 

6. Fire it UpCreate an even more inviting space with a roaring fire. Make yours shine even brighter by freshening your mantel décor. Earthy accents, like wildflowers and driftwood, are great for fall. 

Daybed Nook

7. Create a Cozy NookThe addition of a daybed turned this pass-through porch nook into a comfortable destination for curling up with a good book. Throw pillows with plenty of texture warm up the cotton duck mattress cover.

Coastal Kitchen With Fall Bounty

8. Fall Bounty.  From gourds to colorful squash and pumpkins, farmer's market produce is a classic and easy way to decorate. Display them in a vase or casually on a cutting board.

Coastal Slipcover Dining Chairs

9. Slipcover Decor. Dining rooms and beakfast nooks can feel instantly warmer with a touch of cozy fabric. This Georgia cottage space is dressed up with slipcover dining chairs that lend a "sit and stay a while" vibe, perfect for holiday gatherings.

Coastal Outdoor Living

10. Coastal Outdoor Space. Spring and summer aren't the only seasons for porch sitting. Crisp fall days can be some of the best for enjoying a screened or open-air living space. Just add throw pillows, a cushy rug, and a blanket.

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Layered Coastal Living Room By Our Boat House

Coastal Dining With Flowers Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Sasha Emerson

Eggplant And Coral Coastal Living Room Photo: Tria Giovan

Warm & Welcoming Beach House Entryway Photo: Jessica Klewicki Glynn; Stylist: Linda Hirst

Fire Things Up 

Cozy Daybed Nook Photo:  Annie Schlecter

Coastal Kitchen With Fall Bounty Display Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Sasha Emerson

Slipcover Chair Dining Room 

Coastal Outdoor Living Space Photo: Annie Schlechter, Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler

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