Prepare to make waves this season; beachfront designs are trending! Display a simple, classic charm mixed with nautical influences to create that cozy, beach house feel. No need to own a fabulous Hampton beachfront bungalow to achieve this coastal, New England style! Adding a beach-inspired design to your home is quite simple. Let your home’s interior set sail with these 6 coastal living ideas and guidelines from our iNSPIRE Q Design Team!
1) Start with a simple and clean color palette
First and foremost, set the tone of the backdrop for your coastal living design with hues of neutral colors, like white and grey, so blue bursts throughout your space can really shine through. Mix white, blue, and navy shades through accent items, such as throw pillows, to bring out the nautical theme of your design. We specifically used blue to accent this space because it serves not only a direct connection to the ocean, but also because blue makes us feel comforted, secure, and relaxed; which is exactly the type of vibe you’ll want to have!
2. Utilize classic pieces
By using traditionally styled pieces like a large wood dining table in a vibrant antique finish, the classic elements of this coastal living design are subtly prevalent, but not forgotten. This tip will certainly keep the comforting "home" feel within the space which is needed to embrace this style. Whether you’re styling your beach house, or your own coastal home, it’s also important to remember to add pieces that make you and your guests feel comforted and welcomed--which can be done best with classic items.
3. Display beach themed artwork and home décor items
Bring the beach inside with the addition of wall décor that reminds you of the sea. An eclectic look works especially well with this aesthetic; pairing photos with items such as large seahorses, rustic mirrors, or ship décor will help tie the nautical theme together. Place these pieces throughout your home to add a unique flair to the space. Don’t be afraid of adding "too many" décor pieces--unlike a minimalistic styling, coastal living thrives on eccentricity! From true elements you’ve found on the beach to signage or stenciling you love--it’s all about the details YOU feel will take the space to the next level!
4. Mix and match patterns
Contrasting the solid colored, traditionally styled pieces with unique, chic patterns completes coastal design by adding fun and excitement to an otherwise tame style. Our tip: bring out printed curtains or rugs to provide some additional visual drama to the overall design.
5. Keep seating pieces soft and casual
When it comes to the main comfort items of your home, like a couch, loveseat, or ottoman, it’s especially important to keep these items light and neutral. A soft linen seating collection allows your space to remain familiar and inviting. With simple transitional lines, these primary items will help keep the coastal design’s tone consistent. In particular, we made use of a round ottoman in place of a coffee table. This item will boost the comfort level of the room while also keeping with our overall subtle classic style.
6. Take advantage of background elements
Let the background of your home become the subtle decorative showcase for your design. By utilizing classically nautical elements, such as a bead board wall and blue colored kitchen cabinets, the coastal living style is tied together no matter what room we’re in.
No matter where you live, a true coastal comfort vibe can be achieved in any space of your home nonetheless. All it takes is simple décor, classic styling, and an inviting color palette to tie the look together. Comment down below which tip you loved the most and be sure to share this blog with your friends and family by clicking any of the related action buttons below. Get iNSPIRED!
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