Escape from it all in your own home! In this post you’ll learn how to bring understated coastal style decor into your home, whether you live by the sea or not.
Coastal style decor is having a moment! That being said, I believe in subtlety, both in life and in design and decor. A quiet home can help bring peace and tranquility to your days. Quiet in design, although your environment may be bustling outside. Soft colors in sun bleached whites, pale blue and green hues of the sea, and washed beiges of the sand. You can achieve these looks with fabrics, paint finishes, furniture selections and accessories.
No Margaritaville or taxidermy fish please! Vintage and collectible pieces add much to the cottage charm instead. Think driftwood, natural fibers and elements from the sea. I believe in a great modern mix of vintage and new!
Best Tips For Adding Subtle Coastal Style Decor To Your Home
- Start with comfortable and casual furniture and wood tones that have a bleached out effect. Wicker, rattan and bamboo are timeless, as well as driftwood and teak for outdoor living.
- Sea shells are always at home for a beach feel. Just don’t go overboard and try to bring in larger pieces, either real or faux.
- Add VINTAGE is always my mantra and will give your coastal style decor a unique look. Keep clutter to a minimum, as always.
- Keep the color scheme pale and allow your accessories to suggest that coastal look.
There is an ebb and flow just like the sea in decorating. While updating my own style over the years I doubt that my excitement over finding something great at a flea market will ever wane. That being the case, I have quite a bit of vintage here at the beach, because I’ve had great luck in finding inexpensive pieces close by. Like the shell encrusted bottle, the vintage demijohn, the incredible pair of vintage architectural corbels and that blue wood box on the bottom shelf.
We built the our dining room table and you can read more about that here if you are a DIY enthusiast.
Favorite Paint Colors For Coastal Style Decor
These are some of our favorite coastal tones, and keep in mind that you can have your paint store add less tint to the mix for a more pale hue. Use these on furniture that you want to update…not just walls!
- SEA SALT – SHERWIN WILLIAMS
- BEACH GLASS – BENJAMIN MOORE
- WATERY – SHERWIN WILLIAMS
- TURQUOISE PORCELAIN – VALSPAR
- GOSSAMER SKY – VALSPAR
- FRESH AIR – BENJAMIN MOORE
One thing that you WON’T see here is that sort of contrived. Let’s stay far away from that please and be suggestive instead.
These are some of my styling props and every day objects that I store in a glass door step back vintage cabinet. In this post you can see more of the cabinet and the room. All of the above was found inexpensively over years of careful curating and shopping both local and on-line.
Vintage glass or even new glass in blues and sea greens are perfect for summer and a coastal feel. These are old glass grapes and I’ve set them into a vintage bowl that has gilded gold trim…
Anything sea shell and everything from the sea are wonderful ways to evoke that natural beach feeling. Although this tablescape is at our beach home it could be anywhere and make it feel like a weekend on the coast. My tips would be to keep it simple and always understated…
Old glass fishing floats in a mother of pearl style bowl, a foam boat buoy that I found recently washed up on the beach and that encrusted bottle are placed down the center of the table and add color and suggest an escape to the coast.
Originally published 6/16 and updated 7/20