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Ideas for Creating Coastal Style

I admit we live one hour from the coast, but I  love coastal style and have tried to incorporate that into my home.  This house is described as a “coastal” by the planned community we are a part of.  Doing some research I have learned that the style of our home has features of both a “low-country” and “acadian” house.  Of course most homes today are not true to one particular style, builders and homeowners choose features they like and pull them together to make a livable and likable home.

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What most of us are more concerned with on a day in/day out basis is the interior space we live in.   If coastal style is your cup of tea, here are some great ideas to add the coastal feel to your interior.  There are so many interpretations of “coastal”.  For one person it can mean a cottage near a sandy shore while another may envision the rocky coast of the U.S. northeast, others may dream about the tropical coasts of the Caribbean or Hawaii.  The style I am going for is low country coastal with nautical accents.

Does anything conjure up ideas of the water better than glass in shades of watery blues?  I picked up these bottles at Home Goods, but you can create your own frosted bottles and jars with the sea glass spray paints available now.
A coastal interior calls for distressed woods like this piece above and easy to care for floors like this gray-washed wood-look tile floor.  Create vignettes using ropes, driftwood, shells, starfish and glass fishing floats to add interest to your coffee table.

Incorporate colors you might find near the coast, the blues of the water, the sandy shore, the greens of the grasses growing on the dunes.  This parchment colored chair from Pier One not only incorporates those colors, but the style of the chair looks like one that has been sitting on the porch of a beach house for years.Pillows are a perfect way to infuse a coastal style to your home.  Try some vintage style seashell printed pillows.  Shutters are always a great coastal accent, even if you don’t use them on your windows, attaching a shutter to a wall is a way to add some dimensional art to your walls.Incorporate some fabric that suggests a coastal vibe like this coral print I found to recover an old chair.Use natural accents like these oyster shells, fashioned into a lamp base and a wreath.  Driftwood and shells are great for DIY projects and crafts for your coastal home.  Walls of white or light shades of blue will add to your coastal style along with crisp white painted woodwork.  What is your style?  Coastal?  Farmhouse?  Cottage?

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8 Comments

  1. Chloe, I love the style you have chosen for your home! I live on twenty acres of land in NE AL and our home is not farmhouse, I lean more toward an English country look. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. I am sure the English country look suits your 20 acres of land just perfectly! Do you go for that English garden feel, too? Do you find gardening in the south a challenge? I haven’t really managed adapting my northern gardening knowledge to living in the south.

  2. Your coastal home is lovely Chloe, and I love love the frosted glass bottles! I must try that paint! Love the oyster lamp and vintage figurines. Happy June~

  3. Beautiful Chloe and each room is worthy of a spread. I’ve been thinking of a more coastal or tropical vibe for our living and family rooms. The oyster shell wreath and lamp base are so unique and definitely a conversation piece. This is very inspiring and gives me lots of tips to work with.

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