There are few activities in life as relaxing and reinvigorating as a week by the sea. Between the crisp breeze, sun-kissed cheeks and the melodic waves crashing at your feet, the coast creates an inner calm impossible to beat. But as they say, if you can’t beat them, join them with coastal interior design.
Coastal design calls for strategic sea-inspired decor and natural material selection. Capture some of the seaside magic for your home with classic coastal hues, breezy textiles and native treasures like driftwood, shells or woven rattan. When all the pieces come together, it feels as though you booked a one-way ticket to paradise.
Ready to dive in? Peruse our fresh-caught coastal decor finds for every room in your house below and learn how to style them at home.
Serve up some fresh, seaside style in your kitchen or dining room with a pinch of driftwood, a dash of rattan and a healthy helping of blue-and-white. One failproof way to infuse coastal appeal into your kitchen or dining room is with beachy home accessories and serveware.
Add sun-bleached woven placemats atop your white linen tablecloth for an added layer of texture and warmth. Select matte-white ceramic, blonde wood or pastel sea glass vessels to create centerpieces or use countertop utensil storage.
And finally: Be sure to add a few friendly faces to your decor arsenal. Our picks? The splashy aqua and navy whale platters or the chic, mother-of-pearl fish bottle opener.
Bring the beach to your living room with some tropical accessories and flamboyant fronds. Invest in a weathered wood branch and a sculptural vase for bookshelf styling or a statement piece on your mantel. Sea glass garland and tropical coffee table books make the perfect pick-me-up for your coffee table, while diffused striped drapes freshen up your windows.
And don’t forget to finish off the space with a splash of green. A set of flashy faux palm leaves will always do the trick.
Pro tip: Use a crisp, white duvet as an anchor to your classic coastal bedroom design. And if you happen to use a white duvet with a sky-blue border? Even better. Create contrast against your white bedding with tropical blue-and-white wallpaper and golden rattan furniture.
Balance out all the cool blue and white tones with hints of gold. Woven accessories like seagrass picture frames or wicker sconce shades are our go-to for creating coziness in beachy bedroom designs.
Give your bathroom a beachy facelift with a few splashy updates. Shower curtains take up a lot of visual real estate, so make the most of it and incorporate a curtain featuring a classic, coastal-inspired pattern like blue-and-white French stripes.
Add a playful rattan, bamboo or mother-of-pearl mirror above your vanity to create a natural focal point in the space. And, the last tip: skip modern glass or marble canisters. Use woven seagrass vanity storage and trays for a laid-back, beachy look.
Escape to the coast without leaving your backyard or front porch. A few breezy outdoor accessories can go a long way in helping you achieve a beachy space. A white-washed or blonde fiber mat at your front door will make a winning first impression. Roll out all the stops on your back deck or patio with a navy-and-white area rug, ship-inspired bulkhead sconces and rattan-wrapped accents. Finish your outdoor space with bamboo, airy acacia or traditional wicker furniture for a can’t-miss coastal appeal.