Ways to Add Coastal Accents to Your Home

I am so happy to be once again be joining Katherine from Katherine’s Corner as she hosts another “On a Tray Tour! This time it is “By the Sea Home Decor on a Tray” blog tour. It is time to get creative with coastal home decor!

If you are coming from Masterpieces of my life, welcome!

The Tray:

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During previous tray tours I have written about how I like using a tray to “corral” decor into a particular area. That gives me a controlled way to display seasonal or holiday decorations. These coastal home accents are no different. Although I have a coastal style home, I don’t have coastal accessories everywhere.

I selected a round pine charcuterie board to display a gathering of items to carry through the “By the Sea” theme. If you want to begin in the smallest way adding some coastal accents in your home, perhaps begin with just a tray!

The focal point of my tray is the oversized clear glass jar filled with seashells. I have collected almost all of these shells from the wide selection of beaches here in Florida. A little jumble of driftwood adds to the natural elements on my tray.

Natural materials like shells, natural jute rope and pieces of sand dollars and sea urchins are displayed in the big glass jar. I just love the textural elements.

A glass fishing float and a piece of faux coral add to the collective display.

I collected every piece of driftwood I have displayed here on my tray and throughout my home on the shores of Lake Erie. I love the different composition of all of the pieces.

Light Fixtures:

I searched high and low for a couple of years for a chandelier for over my large table. I finally found this one in a small coastal interior design store in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

The rope accents along with the black were just the right coastal decor for this room. You can see them more clearly in this close up shot.

When it comes to new lighting in your home, think of chrome and coastal colors for nautical lamps and light fixtures. Lighting with metal shades like these soft blue ones from Shades of Light complement the deep blues of the wallpaper.

I could not really find a fan with the coastal feel I wanted. My husband simply wrapped the neck of the downrod with a high quality jute rope which made it fit the bill. This would work for a pendant lamp, too.

Decorative accents:

You don’t have to live in a beach house to want to incorporate some of those beachy accents. For me it is more nautical decor than beach decor. That comes from years of sailing on Lake Erie. You will periodically find an assortment of coastal accessories gathered on a tray or basket on my distressed wood coffee table.

Throw pillows or an accent pillow like the SAIL pillow help carry out both the color scheme and the modern coastal design style in a home. I chose not to go with traditional slipcovered furniture for my living room furniture. I like to think of my interior design more of the look of a classic yacht club with leather chesterfield sofas.

Coffee table books are always a quick and easy way to add coastal decor to your home. In this photo you can see I complemented the books with some other accessories.

If you need a first coastal coffee table book to begin with, try Coastal Blues by Phoebe Howard. It looks the part and will give you some more design tips!

Don’t forget wall art! I would not even begin to suggest artwork to someone else. I love this oversized piece I have in my foyer, but not everyone would. Select the art that carries through the theme you are decorating for. The large lanterns are from Pottery Barn, and I would recommend those for anyone wanting a beachy or coastal look in their home!

More beachy inspiration:

Summer Beach Tablescape

Ideas for Creating Coastal Style



By the Sea Decor on a Tray Blog Tour:

Let’s hop:

From Katherine’s Corner to The Painted Apron
From The Painted Apron to Debbie Dabble

From Debbie Dabble to My Hubbard Home

From My Hubbard Home to My Home of All Seasons

From My Home of All Seasons to Masterpieces of My Life

From Masterpieces of my life to RIGHT HERE!!

From RIGHT HERE to Come to Dinner at Eight

From Come to Dinner at Eight back to Katherine’s Corner!


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  1. Chloe,
    Love your interpretation of By The Sea Decor on a Tray!! I too have bottles filled with shells that I use in my late summer “Under the Sea’ theme in my Living Room. Love the pieces of driftwood and coral….It’s been fun touring with you!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  2. hi Chloe, love the neutral palette and the array of textures on your seaside tray, you have really captured the feel of the shells and driftwood washing up on the sand. I love the rope tassel and fishing float too. Your dining chandy is fabulous, LOVE the rope! I hope you are having a lovely summer~

  3. Love this Chloe! The natural elements are just the perfect definition of ” Coastal decor.” The seashells and driftwood just take me away and have me remembering so many wonderful morning walks on the shore. I can almost feel that salty breeze! Wonderful touring with you and I wish a beautiful summer ahead!

  4. Chloe I love your tray! The rustic and organic coastal vibes are fabulous. I love to corral similar items in similar vessels and this is perfection. Also that amazing sailboat sitting on your half wall is beautiful! That’s a stunning piece. Love touring with you and happy summer! XO- MaryJo

  5. Chole, I really love the neutral look of this tray + all those seashells. I think I need to borrow this idea for one of my summer tours 🙂 And piling them into pretty (large) jars gives them such a visual focus. Your tray makes a powerful statement – love that 🙂


  6. Oh my goodness those amazing jars filled with seashells!!!! Love it all. You have a lovely home that feels like a day at the beach. Have I ever told you my hubby is from the UP? Thank you so much for joining the blog tour. xo

  7. Chloe, I enjoyed the mini tour of your coastal home. It really encapsulates the relaxing comfortable vibes inspired by the sea! On your tray, I love Love the glass jars, bottle and fishing float. Their shimmer reminds me of sunlight on gentle waves. It’s wonderful that you were able to find such a variety of shells for your collection! I had to make do with ceramic look-alikes. Stay cool this week

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