From colorfully modern to tastefully rustic, these spaces showcase the best of seaside decor. If you want to capture coastal style, you’ll find plenty of inspiration here.
Design your living space to feel the ocean around you. Use mosaic glass in seaside colors to frame the fireplace, and a row
of paintings depicting palm fronds against cloud-strewn skies brings the breeze indoors.
Turn flea market finds into treasures. Revamped or completely repurposed, bargain purchases keep the look casual (at left, the rough-hewn oak table was originally a railway pallet used for unloading cargo).
Let your home’s architecture speak for itself. Exposed-board walls and rafters play up this family room’s original charm and
unique characteristics. But you can achieve the look in new construction, as well. Consider installing beaded board or wooden
planks in lieu of drywall. The quirks and imperfections of natural wood lend texture and interest, even if applied to only
one wall or ceiling.
Updated with a fresh coat of paint, salvaged attic vents serve as unexpected art when suspended from the rafters.
Add character to your living area by thinking in layers rather than limiting your scheme to a single hue. A palette of sea-glass
shades brings the beach indoors―even in a landlocked locale. Look for accent paints and fabrics in colors ranging from aqua
to deep blue. Don’t stress about overdoing it: White board walls give the eye a place to rest and keep the look cohesive.
Outline your design. Call attention to a room’s architectural elements, such as trim and molding, by painting them a punchy hue. Give upholstered furniture a similar wake-up call with contrasting welting.
Take the edge off contemporary decor with bold color. Accenting a neutral space with vibrant hues (on doors, art, or upholstery)
puts a playful spin on a streamlined look. Give a ceiling an unexpected twist: Add strips of wood to divide it like a grid,
then have fun painting a few of the squares.
Fill bowls and tabletops with souvenirs from the sea. These one-of-a-kind natural accents never go out of style.
Unify an eclectic furniture mix with color. Dressed in soft shades of blue and white, everything in this open space comes
together. With swirls of color on top, the oversize custom coffee table anchors the room.
Painted floors don’t just look good; they mask imperfections and are easy to clean. Use oil-based porch and floor enamel in a high-gloss sheen for best results.
Take an unconventional design approach, even with the most traditional architecture. Tropical fabrics and muted wall paints
shift this room from stodgy to hip without erasing its charm. Think twice before removing classic woodwork―a fresh coat of
paint may be all you need to update your space.
Choose your favorite bold pattern and limit it to one application. Whether on a sofa, wall panel, or drapery, the graphic motif will make a strong statement where you want to see it most.
Connect your living area to the great outdoors with an oversize cased opening. Whether you opt for a sliding tract door or
an overhead pull-down, there’s no better (or bigger) way to take in the view.
Skip patterns entirely and stick with solid fabrics if you really want to simplify. If you find a solid scheme a bit too boring, add a patterned rug.
Paint plywood paneling for a look that’s comparable to high-end board-and-batten alternatives. The material also works well
as flooring; go with a dark stain or thick coat of paint for the best wear.
Punch up a coastal palette with dashes of beach-grass green. When used in small doses, the color adds zing to a traditional nautical scheme.
Update a wood-paneled room with bold design. Rich colors and strong graphic elements paired with modern furniture and accessories
bring pizzazz to even the simplest cabin. Soften the all-wood look by covering floors with a rug that stretches almost from
wall to wall. Cover windows with light-color Roman shades.
Keep the look interesting by selecting three distinct fabric patterns. As a general guideline, opt for a stripe, a solid, and a coordinating print. Add subtle texture with nubby linens and soft chenilles.
Don’t let wet bathing suits or muddy paws put a damper on design. Choose materials such as cotton rugs and sturdy linen slipcovers
that can be simply washed or replaced.
Give the ceiling added interest with pressed tin. Whether using salvaged materials or new, easy-to-install tiles, the metal adds instant appeal overhead.
A living room should reflect your personal style and read as collected rather than decorated. Proudly display family photos,
books, and items with sentimental value. Raid your yard or garden for big, gorgeous greenery you can show off inside.
Dress prominent pieces in neutral tones for a look you’ll never tire of. This allows accessories to pop, and you can change them to suit the season.
Warm up your family room with rich wood interiors and a prominent stone fireplace. High ceilings and clerestory windows flood
the space with natural light and keep the room bright.
Use local treasures such as stones for the fireplace or driftwood for the mantel to highlight your area’s natural beauty.
Let straightforward architecture and simple furnishings show off waterfront views. Choose single-pane windows, doors, and
transoms to create a seamless transition between inside and out.
Skip on window treatments and keep artwork simple. Let coast take center stage by arranging furniture around views.
Blend leather with cotton upholstery, Lucite with wood, and antiques with new pieces to keep a room fresh and unpredictable.
Maintain the edge with vivid art, vintage finds, and oversize accents such as baskets and lamps.
Disguise dated brickwork with bright-white paint. For best results, clean and prime bricks first, then coat with an oil-based, semi-gloss paint.
Select doors that won’t interfere with the scenery. Bifold, sliding, and pocket doors tuck neatly out of sight when left open.
Opt for doors with louvered shutters to provide privacy when needed.
Have slipcovers custom created in your favorite hue. Although white is the most common color for covers, you don’t have to follow the crowd. Like other accessories, slipcovers can easily be changed with the season.
Design with cross-ventilation in mind and allow ocean breezes to flow straight through. A well-planned ventilation system
can eliminate the need for air-conditioning entirely. Position vents in the ceiling to allow warm air to escape.
Decorate down to the last detail. For a graphic statement, keep everything―from sofas to book jackets―in the same color palette.
If you’ve got it, flaunt it. This no-frills design plan allows the ocean to take center stage. When outfitting window-walled
rooms, choose low-profile furnishings over high-back or ornate ones that might compete with the view.
Keep things interesting when upholstering in a single hue by using fabrics with different textures. Try terry cloth as an alternative to linen, or leather for a sleek, modern appearance.