If you’ve been shopping around lately the coastal vibe is everywhere. From shades of blues and green found in the ocean to neutrals of the sand and surf. It’s definitely an easy breezy look to incorporate into any design style. I love a farmhouse feel with an industrial edge and this style fits in with it perfectly. How is that for a descriptive term of my house style? LOL! Today I am going to share with you Five quick and easy ways to bring the coastal look to your décor.
The Ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.
With the summer season starting it is a perfect time to talk about coastal style. I have always gravitated towards a more relaxed style myself. I love the simplicity of just a few shells and a fern can give to a coffee table. I am a soft t-shirt and flip-flop kind of girl! So I think my space needs to be as comfy as I am on most days. Plus, we have guests over all the time and I never want them to feel like they can’t just plop down anywhere and relax. Affiliate links used. You can read more about my disclosure policy here.
1. Start with a clean slate
Clean off all surfaces and start thinking of your favorite beach vacation. Summertime is a time of simplicity and relaxation. This is the edit time. I am always decluttering around my house. I think it’s because of those cute little people I live with and all their loot they travel from one room to the next with. Goodness, little kids are like nomads. They just pack up and travel around leaving carnage of doll dresses and small pieces of paper with their name scribbled in every room. Moms, you know what I am talking about! At the end of the day I can tell you every room my kids played in. They leave evidence everywhere!
Now, back to decluttering…Okay, think about that wonderful beach vacation… The ocean waves and relaxing time with family and friends. Lazy days with no itinerary. Sounds good, huh? That’s how I think of beach vacations. Feet up on the coffee table and lounging around. That’s the feel I want for the room. A room where everyone is invited to sink in the furniture and stay awhile.
This house is from Houzz and it says coastal with its light aqua blues and whites furniture pieces. A classic style that can be duplicated with any neutral furniture. We may not live in houses that could make it to Houzz but, we can surely all get a beach or coastal style going!
2. Bring in some texture
Whenever I am looking at Instagram or magazines I am always looking at the different textures they add. It makes it all more interesting. Woven fabrics and different textiles give depth and visual pleasure to the eye. It keeps it all from looking flat. Too much texture and it ends up looking busy, not enough and it looks boring.
Sisal and jute rugs are great for adding texture. I love the look of them, but my husband doesn’t like to walk barefoot on them so they were vetoed years ago. I will say every time we are in Pottery Barn I try to explain to him that they are so soft, but he isn’t buying my sales pitch. Oh, well, win some and lose some. This one has me swooning every time I enter the store, maybe someday…. Right now, Wayfair has 70% off their neutral rugs! So it’s a great time to update a room! I am looking at a couple of these for my living room now. I’ll let you know when I pick one!
Baskets add a lot of texture and they are so practical. I have them everywhere. They are fantastic at hiding racing cars that my little buddy likes to zoom around the house. Or a doll or two my sweet 6 year old wants to style up and then leave out for a makeover tomorrow. My children know that at the end of the day, when it’s clean up time, just toss it all in the baskets to be played with later. These are some of my favorites: Beachcomber baskets and hyacinth baskets. Target also has a large selection of baskets in all sizes and their prices can’t be beat.
Pillows, pillows and more pillows. I am always on the lookout for some soft down filled inserts and pillows. Really, I really don’t spend a fortune on pillows. I like to change them up and move them around from room to room and I want them soft and to all blend together. Plus, my kids may be either stepping on them or fighting with them at any given moment. Real life with kids going on over there!
3. Shells and beach items
Okay, here is where it can get difficult. If you go out and see all the “beach” items in stores right now it can get overwhelming. Think less is more. Example: A bowl filled with beach glass and a potted fern says beach without throwing an anchor at you. Disclaimer: This is just my personal preference here. If you are a themed person that loves that look and it says Summer to you, then by all means, Anchors Away! After all, it’s your house and if it makes you happy then I say ‘Go for it!’! My point is it doesn’t have to cost much. Summertime is a time to simplify and enjoy the outside weather and friends and family. Keep it simple on the inside with pictures of past vacations to the beach with some shells and you got it!
Some fun inexpensive items would be:
All inexpensive items that can be incorporated into any style just to add a coastal feel.
4. Bring in the plants
I love me some plants. Crazy plant lady over here! But, some rooms just don’t get enough light or I can’t kill it fast enough. Like the time I decided I wanted large palms in our bedroom. I wanted three large ones that would make me feel like I was sleeping on a beach somewhere. Well, our room is in the back of the house and the only light it gets is very filtered because of the covered lanai out back. So those poor things shriveled up and died in about two weeks. Every morning I was giving them a haircut until they had one leaf apiece. Lesson learned. Sometimes fake works best.
And lets’ face it, I am trying to keep three kids alive over here. Who has time to remember if I have watered the plants? Not this girl! So I am all about a good faux plant. I look for different textures of ferns and palms fill the corners. Michael’s and Hobby Lobby are great for that! I just look for sales and pick them up here and there.
I also love a small ivy. They don’t require very much light and all it takes is one or two real ones and all of a sudden all the fake ones look real. At least to me. Wink, wink!
5. Put your feet up and relax
Okay, so maybe number 5 isn’t really doing anything at all. But really, isn’t that the point of a relaxed coastal style? Just put your feet up and relax and dream of that great summer vacay!
Hope this helped you move into a summer relaxed coastal/beach style. It can be done without breaking the bank with just some simple touches. Happy Summer!