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14 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.

coastal interior designA 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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coastal interior designA 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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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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coastal interior designA 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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coastal interior designAn 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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coastal interior designA 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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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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coastal interior designA 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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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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coastal interior designA 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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coastal interior designA 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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coastal interior designA 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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coastal interior designA 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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coastal interior designA 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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Destination Style: Get Nantucket’s Classic Coastal Look

coastal styleTo 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.

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 which 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.

Nantucket StyleKeep 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.

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.

Nantucket StyleStripe 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!

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.

Nantucket StyleNod 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 everything from starfish and shell patterned pillows, to jute door mats 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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