Whether you live on the coast or dream of the beach from thousands of miles away, there’s no denying the laid-back appeal of coastal style. Coastal style is all about bringing a relaxed, beachy feel into your home through the use of color, texture, and carefully chosen accessories. Here’s how we created a living room that combines plenty of chill coastal vibes with a hint of contemporary cool.
The goal of coastal style is to create an open and airy look that evokes sunshine and sea breezes, and color is a great way of doing just that. The starting point for this room is a color palette of beachy hues: think white sand, watery blues, and sun-bleached browns. We used an earthy flat-weave rug and a cream sofa to create a neutral base, then layered in accessories in shades of blue and turquoise, including an assortment of accent pillows, abstract wall art, and a variety of vases and planters. The distressed turquoise credenza adds a powerful pop of color in the room, but still works because it fits in with the overall color palette.
While the color palette sets the tone for the space, the different textures take it to the next level. A live-edge cocktail table works with matching sofa and end tables to bring natural appeal and a touch of warmth to the space with its light wood finish and driftwood-inspired look. Two white and blue poufs add even more texture (and extra seating space) with their dimensional covers and woven patterns, while faux plants add leafy greenery for a lush, almost tropical, feel.
While we wanted to create a space that felt beachy, we also wanted to add pieces that bring interesting contrast and give the room a modern touch. Most of the pieces in the space have a very organic look, so we layered in some contrasting metallic elements through the metal hairpin legs of the cocktail, sofa, and end tables, the table and floor lamps, and the clock over the credenza. The dark grey leather chair contrasts with the otherwise light color palette and helps draw the eye to the reading nook in the corner of the room.
Accessories are a great opportunity to really embrace the coastal theme—while also practicing restraint. Use accessories as finishing touches that evoke the beach without going overboard. Here, we created a simple vignette on the cocktail table with a large shell-shaped vase, a message in a bottle, and a jar full of shells and starfish. Other accessories, like the clock above the credenza and the tray below the cocktail table, merely nod to the coastal look with their weathered materials.
Creating a chill coastal style in your space is simple: start with a color palette inspired by sea and sand, incorporate lots of natural textures, add some contrasting elements, and then complete the look with some tasteful ocean-themed accessories.