Tour This Modern Coastal Dream Home Decked in Subtle Beachy Style

Warm summer days have us dreaming of packing up the car and heading to a beach house for a week away from technology and news! For those of us who can’t make that dream a reality, we’ve put together a dream home tour of a beautiful modern coastal home, full of subtle beachy decorations. It’ll bring all of your beach house interior design dreams to life!

beach house interior designModern coastal takes all the laid back seaside aesthetic of a traditional coastal home, but with a more mid-century modern vibe. When it comes to coastal interior design ideas, there’s a difference between east coast versus west coast decor. They definitely have different vibes! Modern coastal has some similarities to the popular west coast style, California Casual, but with a bit more of a streamlined finish and a more neutral palette. It’s a popular style in cities like Los Angeles and San Diego!

Modern beach house interior design embraces organic forms, and mixes them with more angular, clean lines. And natural textures have a big place in modern coastal spaces as well. However, there is definitely a less-is-more approach to modern beach house decor—a top value of mid-century spaces. But the decor that is present is sculptural for a bold impact.

This home has an easy, relaxing color palette—full of neutral earth tones like tan, brown, and sand, along with pops of blue throughout. Basically, modern coastal’s palette pulls color inspiration from the beach, while maintaining some trendiness. This shows up in the brass and black accents, which add contrast and contribute to a more modern feel in this home.

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Modern Beach House Living Room

For a modern coastal living room, create an intentional mix of mid-century modern and coastal design elements, for a casual, approachable living space. In this room, you can see mid-century influences through the organic forms of the armchairs, the woven side tables, the tripod lamp, and the leather sofa with tapered legs. The coastal touches come through in the weathered wood accents and the natural textures—seen in the bamboo shades, the base rug, the jute floor cushions, and the rattan pendant lights. The sculptural driftwood on the coffee table is a piece of simple coastal decor—but its organic form very much plays into mid-century style as well.

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Give it a casual feel. Coastal living rooms have a distinctly casual feel. Embrace this through a laid-back conversational layout in front of the fireplace. Floor poufs also give this living room a “beachy hangout” feel.

Layer various textures. Both mid-century and coastal styles celebrate mixing textures. Play this up through layered rugs, a mix of natural materials in lighting and upholstery, and adding pops of additional natural textures throughout.

Incorporate pops of blue. Blue is a color often found in coastal spaces. But it can also add a modern feel. Go for a natural color palette, punctuated with blue, for a nod to that mod coastal vibe.

beach house interior designModern Beach House Entryway

This modern beach house entryway has a cool and trendy feel. The brass-legged credenza in a natural, light wood finish sets the tone for the space, with its polished but beachy vibe. But layering in other beachy decor gives that casual coastal vibe that’s perfect for beach house interior design.

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Add sculptural elements. The sculptural task light pendant is definitely mid-century in style. But it ties into the brass and black found in the decor throughout the rest of the entryway—from the legs of the credenza to the mirror and table lamp on top of it. The mirror and table lamp also add some incredible sculptural elements.

Include a beachy element. The patterned blue rug pulls the blue color scheme into the entryway, and ties in with the modern coastal decor, like the ocean art leaned atop the credenza.

beach house interior designModern Beach House Dining Room

Add some definite modern touches to your modern beach house dining room, for a space that feels casual and approachable. The furniture in this coastal dining space has very modern forms—but the light wood of the dining table and the caning inset on the credenza, along with the bamboo shades, help ground this space in a coastal look.

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Add some contrast. The wishbone-style chairs in black and espresso wood tie in with the black touches throughout the space. The result? A more mod take on coastal style, which we absolutely love.

Layer in some nature-inspired elements. Incorporating large pops of greenery gives a sense of pulling the outdoors in—an absolute must when it comes to beach house decor ideas. And the large piece of water-inspired artwork also harkens to the outdoors, giving one a sense of being connected to nature.

Create some visual interest with bold patterns. The blue kilim woven rug adds a bold pattern to the space—as well as bringing in the blue color scheme seen throughout the rest of this home. It has a very boho, beach house vibe, which fits perfectly with this space.

beach house interior designModern Beach House Bedroom

This bedroom is cozy and approachable, but it still has that modern, pulled-together look—the perfect embodiment of modern beach house interior design. The neutral color scheme and modern lines of the furniture create a lightness to the space, making it feel so inviting. Layered bedding and a boho mix of pillows adds comfort and a casual pop of color to the bed. The bold abstract art brings in coastal colors without being too literal—and ties in with the colors of the pillows, rug, and wall.

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Get cozy. The blue-grey accent wall adds a cozy touch to this bedroom and helps ground the space. Cozy layers of bedding make this a relaxing space in which you’ll love spending time.

Incorporate lots of natural textures. From the woven baskets to the patterned jute rug and pouf, these natural textures help ground this look in casual coastal. But the fringe of the rug also harkens to mid-century modern style, which helps modernize this space. (As do the clean lines of the furniture.)

Go mid-century with your light fixtures. To keep this bedroom feeling more modern, we opted for mid-century lighting, with the atomic pendant and the brass table lamps.

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19 Ways to Nail Coastal Design at Home

When we think about coastal style, we imagine the perfect beach house that makes us want to ditch everything for a bungalow by the ocean.

You can probably picture the coastal dream home. The breezy rooms are filled with relaxed furniture and blue and white tones; there’s a mix of natural materials, such as jute, rattan, rope, and cane; and nautical-themed accents are found throughout, from striped pillows to seashell art. This home has all the comfy and cool coastal interior design elements that make it a dream getaway.

If you’re like us, you probably live far from any coastline and your home is more everyday practical than beachside bliss. No matter where you live, though, we’re here to show you can still bring the laid-back style of a coastal home to your spaces by simply layering in the various elements above. And you’ll quickly find that there’s more to this style than Nantucket cottage or California beach house.

For inspiration, we’ve rounded up 14 different spaces that play up the coastal look in big and small ways. Read on to see the spaces and get our tips for making coastal interior design work for you.

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1. A Classic Coastal Dining Space

This tried-and-true look is rooted in a sophisticated coastal decorating approach, with classic rattan and cane details, light blue notes, and crisp accents like matching table lamps. The result is a soothing space that’s enlivened by beach-themed art, plenty of natural light, and pops of vibrant greenery.

How to Get the Look:

  • Add function and polished coastal appeal with a weathered-wood buffet.
  • Keep the room feeling light and airy with rattan dining chairs with open designs
  • Bring the ocean indoors with coordinating beach art and seashell-themed prints.

Great For… those who want an elegant take on coastal design that doesn’t sacrifice comfort and ease, especially when it comes to their entertaining space.

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2. A California Coastal Living Room

Casual and airy, this is a quintessential California coastal style that’s rooted in comfort and cool designs. You’ll find modern furniture alongside boho touches, like a rattan coffee table mixed with a slipcovered sofa and a vintage rug. It’s all arranged in an open, light-filled layout.

How to Get the Look:

  • Mix mid-century furniture, white upholstery, and woven designs for modern, beachy appeal.
  • Make a bold boho statement with pieces like this oversize beaded chandelier.
  • Play with geometric and block-print pillows in blues and whites for instant seaside charm.

Great For… lovers of the Cali-coastal look and anyone who wants a space that’s at once comfy, cozy, and colorful. This laid-back take on coastal interior design has it all!

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3. A Coastal Den With A Trad Twist

This office-and-guest-room shows how working in elegant white furniture staples can provide you a great jumping-off point for a coastal style room. Play up a timeless blue-and-white palette along with charming ocean-inspired art and accents, which will usher in major color and charm.

How to Get the Look:

  • Mix traditional white furniture with carved details and cutouts for a design with surefire coastal charm.
  • Bring seaside vibes indoors with relaxed, natural-fiber rugs.
  • Sheers and woven roman blinds help to amplify light and a laid-back beach style atmosphere.

Great For… those who prefer traditional style rooms but also want a space that feels airy and easy. This tailored take on coastal design captures that balance.

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4. A Moody Seaside Bedroom

This coastal bedroom is the perfect combination of Nordic style and seaside sophistication. The elements are thoughtfully layered in, from the table lamps and round mirror to the cane headboard and weathered-wood dresser. Cool and calming, this is coastal with a modern edge.

How to Get the Look:

  • Go for designs in high-contrast gray, black, and white for a modern coastal spin.
  • Layer beachy lighting that spotlights natural textures, like a rope lamp and woven pendant.
  • Lean into weathered woods, which is a hallmark when it comes to coastal design.

Great For… someone who likes the casualness of coastal style but doesn’t want the typical blue color scheme.

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5. An Eclectic Coastal Dining Room

Clean-lined yet comforting and charming, this casual dining room focuses on the colors and textures that define coastal style. From the basket wall art to the sleek dining table, it’s the bright details that liven up the contemporary furniture mix in this space.

How to Get the Look:

  • A fringe chandelier is at once casual and boho, so it will add innate coastal appeal in any room.
  • Rattan is a mainstay in coastal design, so try chairs and a mirror made with the material.
  • Playing with textures is key, so mix in woven basketry and a sea-hued rug.

Great For… anyone who wants coastal decor they can dial up or down as needed. The streamlined furniture has staying power and you can easily swap the rug for a whole new look.

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6. A Beach House Kitchen

This breezy eat-in nook evokes the vacation house on the water we all dream of escaping to during summers. Here is coastal decorating with an obvious ocean theme, with its blue, white, and sand color palette, baskets and deep sea-inspired decor, and totally laid-back look.

How to Get the Look:

  • No need to hold back on fish and coral accents when you’re trying to go full-on coastal.
  • Modern woven chairs and a weathered wood table is a foolproof coastal design pairing.
  • Linen shades offer instant sophistication but also lend an airy seaside feeling.

Great For… anyone who wants to give their dining area a permanent beach home look and feel. Also if you love entertaining family and friends in a spacious, relaxed eat-in space.

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7. A Curated Coastal Entry

When it comes to bringing coastal style to a multipurpose entry, a balance of function and breezy decor is key. This approach pulls in elements from all the other coastal interior design looks to create a space that’s stylish and curated for daily living.

How to Get the Look:

  • A neutral-leaning color palette of blues, greens, and hay makes for a soft take on coastal decor.
  • Create a curated coastal look with small functional furnishings, like the rattan chair and baskets.
  • Look for pieces with a practical touch, like the chair, baskets, and mirror here.

Great For… a busy family home where you want to set a light and airy tone from the moment people enter into your space.

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8. A Minimalist Coastal Foyer

Say hello to high-contrast coastal design. This entry is focused on coastal furnishings curated with a minimalist’s eye for design. It’s about picking the one weathered-wood anchor piece, the most eye-catching ocean art, and the sculptural accent that truly captivates.

How to Get the Look:

  • To make a statement with coastal furniture, a driftwood console or bench is all you need.
  • Bigger and fewer is more when it comes to accents, like a coral object or ocean print.
  • There’s no going wrong with warm weathered wood and a black-and-white palette.

Great For… minimalists who also want to give their space a pared-down modern coastal look without the obvious blues, whites, and ocean themes.

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9. A Rustic Coastal Entry

Balancing style with function, this rustic approach to coastal design turns beach house decorations into practical pieces for living. Baskets are used for storage, rope lamps add task lighting, and a weathered-wood console serves as a display and catchall surface.

How to Get the Look:

  • Mix rustic style with a muted earth tone palette.
  • Add a coastal touch with pieces like woven cord lamps and a rattan mirror.
  • Make it practical with pieces like baskets or a coat rack.

Great For… any small-space home with a pass-through entry that needs to be functional enough for everyday life and make a big impact on visitors.

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10. A Classic Coastal Office

It’s all about layering in this office, where different coastal furniture and textures give the space a seaside cottage feel. This is a bold take on classic coastal design, with the rattan chair, shell-like desk, and pops of blues and greenery that inject a feeling of ease and warmth.

How to Get the Look:

  • Use plenty of natural materials like the rattan chair, side table, and lamp.
  • Go for colors that feel earthy but coastal like the greens, blues, and muted browns here.
  • Look for pieces that are as practical as they are pretty. The white detailing on this desk looks like seashells.

Great For… any small office nook where you can experiment and play up lots of different textures and colors.

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11. A Coastal Glam Dining Area

Bold colors can work with coastal interior design. The trick is to pick one color and commit to it. Take a cue from the bright teal walls in this dining room design, which work great with vibrant greenery. It’s balanced out with modern coastal furnishings, like the subtle-yet-cool striped jute rug.

How to Get the Look:

  • Go for ’80s Miami Art Deco by working a bold color with bursts of gold and bright white.
  • Geometric rattan chairs also add major unexpected Deco pop.
  • Leafy plants are the way to go with this tropical coastal design that’s all about lushness.

Great For… homes in coastal locations, or if you simply want to bring the tropical vibe to your spaces without having to factor in a wide range of colors.

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12. A Scenic Coastal Office

You don’t need a coastal home on the water with stunning views to bring the airy ease of this office to your space. If your space has windows, keep them free of shades and curtains and play up a sophisticated neutral furniture mix to maximize natural light and an open feel.

How to Get the Look:

  • Stick to classic coastal interior design elements, like weathered woods and tan hues.
  • Think anchoring colors that are easy on the eyes, like the soft coral stripe on this jute rug.
  • Rattan, wicker, and caning are the trifecta of coastal design materials, so play them up.

Great For… rooms that have get a ton of natural light as well as spaces where you want to highlight the exterior setting as a backdrop (beach view not required).

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13. A Sunny Coastal Living Room

If you’re looking for a way to work in coastal decor while maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere, this warm and welcoming approach is for you. By keeping to furnishings in light and neutral tones, you’ll set the foundation for a space that’s both cozy and airy all at once.

How to Get the Look:

  • Contemporary furniture in light woods and white tones create a sense of coastal comfort.
  • You can skip heavy woven materials here and keep to coastal furniture in wood and jute.
  • Go for another foolproof coastal design palette with neutral and sunny notes of yellow.

Great For… a family home that’s all about relaxed living, big comfort, and having a bright uplifting mood throughout all the spaces.

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14. A Warm East Coast Style Living Room

Take a tailored approach to coastal decorating that is equal parts sumptuous and thoughtful. The handpicked furnishings capture an East Coast coastal home aesthetic, where there’s no shortage of woven designs, natural materials, and plush upholstery. Here is a look that has it all.

How to Get the Look:

  • Classic furniture is arranged in a sophisticated layout tailored to elevated living.
  • Natural-fibers are the star of the show, from the curvy rattan table to the sisal pouf.
  • Beachy accents, like the beaded chandelier and dock art, balance out the rich textures in this design.

Great For… anyone who’s after the refined-relaxed coastal style look. It’s about the balanced high-low mix.

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15. Cheerful, Minimally Chic Coastal Living Room

Coastal, minimal, and a touch of glam? This living room proves that it can be done! The combination of neutral upholstery and natural wood adds a weathered, coastal touch to this space. And bright yellow accents add a sunshiny vibe that’s bright and happy, adding to the coastal flair without being too literal. Meanwhile, the brass and glass coffee table is light and airy—which embodies the spirit of coastal style while being glam chic.

How to Get the Look:

  • Keep the layout open and welcoming, arranged in a conversational set-up.
  • Style surfaces minimally, but use textured pieces to add dimension.
  • Bring in a natural element to the design with lots of greenery—especially tropical plants.

Great For… Those who like the bright aesthetic of coastal design, but want a more minimal and polished look

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16. Modern, Texture-Filled Coastal Bedroom

This bedroom has a lot of texture going on—from woven headboard and the wool rug to the wood-carved nightstand and woven planter basket. The combination of these natural textures, paired with the saturated shades of blue in the rug, walls, and pillows and the clean lines of the furniture give this bedroom a modern coastal vibe.

How to Get the Look:

  • Balance all the blue with neutral, sandy hues to ground the space.
  • Pick upholstery with global-inspired patterns to add additional visual interest.
  • Keep surface styling minimal to keep the space open and airy, allowing the textures and patterns to be the stars of the show.

Great For… Those who like a classic blue and neutral color palette but want a cozy space with ample texture and pattern to keep things visually interesting

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17. Earthy & Eclectic West Coast Living Room

A colorful palette of rust, blue and tan earth tones adds a modern and cool west coast feel to this living room. Natural wood pieces in organic, sculptural shape adds an earthy, natural element. And the mix of woven textures in the accents and the patterns used throughout the space drive home the causal, eclectic vibe of this living room.

How to Get the Look:

  • Add some serious visual impact with sculptural elements in natural materials.
  • Keep furniture neutral, but bring in plenty of color in the rug and accent decor.
  • Don’t shy away from patterns; an eclectic mix is what really brings this style to life.

Great For… Those who like a California casual look with an eclectic twist

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18. Quintessential Beach House Dining Room

Wicker chairs are quintessential to a classic East Coast coastal look. Meanwhile, the round pedestal dining table with its weathered finish beautifully coordinates with the chairs and gives off a warm coastal feel. And it’s not a classic coastal space without a bright white, natural, and blue color palette, which feels very fresh and sophisticated.

How to Get the Look:

  • Keep the space uncluttered but tastefully styled with a few choice decorative objects.
  • Use natural materials in a sophisticated and elegant way (like the sculptural base of the dining table or the subtle curve of the chairs).
  • Keep the color palette simple and classic—with pops of sky blue and crisp white against a base of natural tans and browns.

Great For… Those who love a classic coastal aesthetic and want a clean sophisticated dining space

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19. Mid-Century Chic Coastal Living Room

Mid-Century and coastal may be an unlikely combination—but as this living room proves, it results in a bright and cheery space! The Mid-Century flair comes in with design of the side chair, as well as the use of bright colors and patterns. Coastal elements show up in the tropical-inspired touches (the plants and woven decor, specifically) and pops of blue. And to keep it classy, touches of brass, marble, and velvet textures give this space a chic finish.

How to Get the Look:

  • Layer Mid-Century and Coastal colors and patterns, like the blue sofa with various pillows.
  • Bring in metallic accents—specifically gold and brass—to bring a touch of chic to this more playful style.
  • Keep things fun and somewhat whimsical through the use of colors, patterns, and wall art.

Great For… Those who like the vibrant tropical aesthetic but want some Mid-Century Chic flair to give the space a more glam touch

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Destination Style: 6 Ways to Get Nantucket’s Classic Coastal Look

To celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Final stop: Nantucket, Massachusetts!

You’re probably familiar with our love of California coastal style by now. But right now we’re equally smitten by the crisp and breezy look of Nantucket’s charming cottages. The island has long been a quiet escape for East Coasters during late summer and a peek inside its homes shows us why it makes for the perfect getaway. Rooms exude a sense of serenity and ease with their laid-back white upholstered pieces, natural-fiber rugs and artisanal accents, and classic stripes and nautical nods. All of which are set amid a coastal blue-and-white palette. For us, these elements add up to a feeling of pure barefoot bliss.

Nantucket itself is also known for its artisanal spirit. It’s home to textile makers and weavers who still work on traditional looms, ceramists putting out hand-thrown pottery, and painters and artists capturing the island’s gorgeous landscape and quiet beauty. All to say, Nantucket, with its distinct blend of island and coastal charm, has a design aesthetic that we find simply irresistible and endlessly inviting.

To provide you with some quick inspiration, we dreamed up our idea of the perfect Nantucket home with a few stylish tips to help you translate the look into your space. Read on to find out the simple elements that make up Nantucket’s classic coastal style.

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1. Start With a Cozy Layout

Nantucket homes are first and foremost guided by comfort and warmth, and their furniture arrangements often play that up with a sense of coziness. The easiest way to capture this vibe in your space is by opting for furnishings and accents in pairs. Yes, you heard that right: Twos of pretty much everything. The idea is to establish a symmetrical layout that instantly creates a cohesive look that also instills charm and coziness.

Begin with your biggest pieces. Place sofas to face each other and then do the same with your other side furnishings, such as armchairs, side tables, and lamps. All of this will transform your space into an intimate conversation spot that appears layered but also elegant.

The only exceptions? You’ll want to choose a blue-and-white area rug that functions as a neutral anchor to the space, and the same applies for an airy looking coffee table as well as a light fixture that will draw the eye up. They’ll also serve as focus pieces that will help to balance out the one-to-one symmetrical look.

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2. Keep To Classic, Clean Lines

The trick is to keep your furnishings simple and classic. That means nothing too modern or sleek. But look for sofas and armchairs that have clean-lined appeal, such as a standard boxy framed piece and high-back armchairs. Nantucket style leans more traditional but it’s not overly formal or fussy, so you’ll want to match these pieces with pristine white upholstery and slipcovers to give larger furnishings an airy, relaxed look.

3. Bring In The Perfect Coastal Palette

Like any other coastal home, there’s no going wrong with a blue and white color scheme. What gives the palette an East Coast feel, however, is the different shades of blues that are used. Think specifically navy, cerulean, and ocean blues, all layered on to a consistent bright white – meaning skip the off-whites and beiges. The effect is an elevated blue-and-white coastal look that looks polished but feels none too precious.

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4. Stripe Out

And speaking of what really sets the Nantucket palette apart, try to incorporate a wide range of blue-and-white stripes in impactful ways. Pile on pillows featuring stripes in different sizes and styles (wide, narrow, multi) and make sure to work the motif into some of your upholstery as well. Nothing says Nantucket nautical like a mix of pillows in navy and sky-blue stripes!

5. Add a Consistent Pop of Color

While we love the crisp look and unifying effect of blue and white, we believe that every space needs a bright burst of color that provides a playful punch. With blue and white, one of our favorite contrast colors is yellow. Whereas a touch of pink can give the palette a boho vibe and a dose of red offers a lakehouse feel, mixing in a sunny yellow hue is in keeping with Nantucket’s charming aesthetic. Reason being yellow maintains the sea and sky theme, and it also lends a decorator-like element of fun to the sophisticated approach to blue and white here.

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6. Nod to Nautical

Last but not least, Nantucket’s coastal style brings the outdoors and its ocean surroundings in through various nautical motifs. We’re talking about everything from starfish and shell patterned pillows to jute doormats and seagrass rugs, to rope lamps and glass floats as accents. These are the finishing touches that will bring together the whole Nantucket look, which combines elegance and whimsy. With nautical accents, don’t be afraid to go big – the more nautical the motif and accents, the more cozy and charming your space will end up feeling.

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Style Spotlight: Tour Our Coastal Style Dream Home

coastal style Whether it’s the beaches of California or the rocky coast of Maine, there’s no denying coastal living has its draws. There’s something about the simplicity of the lifestyle and the salty breeze that draws us in. And while we can’t all upend our lives and move to a small coastal fishing village, we can all achieve the laid-back, natural look of coastal style in our homes.

So it’s no surprise that Coastal style is actually one of our most-requested looks. With its casual vibe and natural elements, Coastal style feels down-to-earth and lived-in while still looking put-together. So, to celebrate the arrival of summer days (hopefully) filled with sandy beaches and sunshine, we’re breaking down this rustic, beachy style and showing you how to get this look in your own home.

coastal style Root Your Look in Comfort

One of our favorite aspects of Coastal style is how approachable it is. There’s nothing stuffy or fussy about it. In fact, comfort is key. This look is rooted in more traditional shapes while putting a premium on livability.

When it comes to choosing foundational furniture for this look, steer away from overly modern lines and go for something a little more rustic in shape and color. We lean toward large, overstuffed sofas that you can sink into, topped with plenty of throw pillows. In the dining room, we love big tables in natural wood tones where the whole family can gather. But you want to make sure to balance this heavier furniture with lighter-weight accent pieces and neutral color palettes—because ultimately you’re going for an open, airy aesthetic.

coastal style Choose Light, Weathered Woods

The Coastal look is all about being easy and breezy. For this style, we like wood that’s reminiscent of driftwood—raw and unfinished, sometimes even with a sun-bleached look. Stay away from dark or high-gloss wood finishes, which add visual weight and formality. You want to keep things light and airy.

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The great part about lighter, weathered woods is that you can mix and match styles and tones, and it will still have a cohesive look. Your dining table doesn’t have to be the exact same shade of wood as your chairs or sideboard. By choosing light woods that have almost a grey or whitewashed undertone, you’ll achieve a cohesiveness that’s not too matchy-matchy.

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Rattan is a great option for accent pieces as it easily complements lighter wood tones, offering structure while being visually lightweight. And this doesn’t have to be limited to the more traditional chair or footstool. We love the uniqueness of a rattan bar cart and the tropical feeling it lends a dining room.

With all of these pieces, there’s a livability to them that can’t be beat. It’s ok if these pieces get a little worn or weathered from use. A little patina only adds to the organic coastal look. So, don’t be afraid to really live with these pieces—because this style of wood only gets better with age and use.

coastal style Opt for Organic Materials + Natural Textures

Bring the outdoors in with organic materials and natural textures. This look takes its inspiration from nature—so look for materials like jute, rope, linen, unfinished woods, seagrass, cork, and rattan.

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How you use them can range from the more obvious—like linen bedding or rattan side tables—or have a more contemporary twist to keep your look more modern. Think: rope-wrapped armchairs in the living room or a mirror frame and footstool covered in chunky, hand-braided water hyacinth. Look for pieces that have streamlined frames made with natural materials that keep the beachy vibe alive.

You can accent the rawness of these organic materials with soft, textured throws and woven baskets. We love the natural look of soft wool baskets for blanket storage, books and magazines, or as a laundry basket.

coastal style Keep the Color Palette Neutral with Pops of Blue

When it comes to a color scheme, take a cue from nature—sandy beaches, weather-beaten boardwalks, and seagrass. These warm neutral notes will ground your look, giving it a summery, serene feeling.

And when it comes to adding pops of color, think in shades of blue for those soothing ocean vibes. You can mix and match tones of blue—from navy to sky blue—for visual depth, everywhere from throw pillows and vases to wall art and area rugs.

These decorative accents are also a great way to bring the beachy vibes of Coastal style into your home. Our favorite types of coastal decor are nautical-inspired wall art—like these blue coral prints or rope knot artwork. And we’re also big fans of using an oversized shell or piece of coral as a decorative accent on a bookshelf or coffee table.

And don’t forget to add pops of natural green. Every room should have some sort of plant element to bring the colors of nature inside. Some of our favorite plants for the Coastal look are the muted greens olive trees and eucalyptus or the bright pop of monstera plants. Even a single leaf in a vase creates a simple statement look!

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