Many people love summer because of the wonderful time spent at the beach getting the perfect bronze glow, swimming, surfing, and just plain relaxing. Does that sound like you? If the answer is yes, you may look for ways to display your passion for the seaside in your home through coastal design?
With the help of the right coastal-inspired decor, it’s super easy to bring the relaxing sunny beach mood right into your living room. I hope you’ll find your inspiration in the following ideas and enjoy the airy summery feel all year long.
Choose from the Various Types of Coastal Wall Decor
If you’re wondering, “How do I make my house look coastal?” the first place to start with is the decor on the walls. It’s the touch that ties the room’s entire design together.
Also, there’s nothing better than sitting back and admiring the beautiful coastal beach scenery depictions on prints or a mural. The most common types of coastal wall decor are art and photography prints, coastal murals, wooden oars and seaside decorative wall sculptures – a lot to take your pick from.
Since original art can be expensive, a lovely coastal print is a great way to bring the oceanside aesthetic to your walls. The magnificent coastal-inspired artworks will quickly refresh the atmosphere and infuse it with calm and tranquillity once you hang them on the walls. There are stunning canvas prints of art depicting spectacular waves smashing on the shore with deep blue and white colours that look incredibly good on white walls, just like a real-life painting.
You can also go beyond blue-and-white art prints showing the ocean surface and add some vibrant prints that depict the ocean bed and collar reefs with overlapping navy blue, turquoise, green, and royal purple coral hue forms. This type of art print will definitely enliven the entire setting and make for an uplifting atmosphere.
However, if you’re more into photographic art, there are numerous options that will leave you spoilt for choice. From magnificent vintage summer beach vistas with brilliant hues to breathtaking seaport views with incredible town architecture, there’s something for everyone. Also, there are amazing tropical palms and serene sky photography prints with soft colours that add to the relaxing atmosphere around the room.
And if you can’t really make up your mind, remember that you don’t have to stick to only a single coastal print – you can mix art prints and photographic prints and create your own little seaside gallery wall. It will definitely make the room more interesting while drawing everyone’s eyes to the wall.
If you want to go big and really make your wall the centre of attention, go for a mural. In just seconds, you will transform your room into a sand beach paradise. You can even consider wallpapers or painting your very own coastal paradise on a single wall. Imagine drinking coffee or tea and having that view in your living room. Not to mention how it will make an amazing backdrop for photos.
However, with a mural, you can only go for one theme, so make sure to choose wisely. Plus, it’s a more permanent addition than coastal prints which you can interchange however you want.
There is no better way to enhance the coastal style in your home than by adding a few wooden oars as wall décor. They can be in different hues of green and blue, combined with white. Or they can have some vivid colours as well such as orange, red, etc. You can position them however you like. You can have them mounted on the wall vertically or have them form an “x” horizontally with coastal sealife prints on both sides from the outside.
Seaside Decorative Wood Sculptures
Another interesting way you can decorate your wall is by hanging a driftwood crab, turtle or fish. You can even use different coloured jellyfish for a relaxed ambient. A cluster of seashells with a few starfishes would look amazing on the wall. You can even hang a piece of driftwood in the dining room.
Get Some Pieces of Beach-Inspired Furniture
In addition to the wall décor, you can also try to incorporate some coastal furniture. For instance, you can get a sawyer wide barrel chair or wide round striped pouf ottoman decorated with seagrass. Along with the other coastal pieces of furniture, you can get a coastal style wooden TV stand made of reclaimed wood.
Coastal furniture doesn’t have to be reserved for the living room only. In fact, you can get gorgeous rattan dining chairs and bring the beachy atmosphere right into your dining room. Imagine starting your mornings seated on a cushy rattan chair and drinking your coffee overlooking a gorgeous coastal print on the wall – you’ll be transported straight to the beach without leaving your home.
Make Sure the Lighting Fits
Next, if possible, you can get some nice coastal-inspired chandeliers for the ultimate beach look. Depending on your design, you can get a distressed beaded chandelier, in neutral colours as well, that would look great over a white timber dining table. You can look for a coral coastal chandelier or if you are feeling bold, you can go for the deep rich orange tones. Also, you can never go wrong with a rattan ceiling shade. It enhances the coastal style in the best way possible. If you don’t want to change your overhead lighting, a java lamp is a great alternative to create a relaxing coastal feel.
Add the Finishing Touches
Last but not least, you should consider getting some interesting bamboo round trays for the ultimate beach vibe. You can place them on a console table to add a beachy touch to your hallway or use it as the perfect surface for coffee table decor. Whatever works best for you. You can also get some seagrass basket sets. They are so popular and for all the right reasons. You can store extra blankets in them and still look good. You can put your plants in it so that you can reinforce the beach relaxed atmosphere and design.
To sum up, when done right, coastal style evokes relaxing and peaceful beach scenery in the home. You can always mix and match whatever you think works best. The best part is you drinking your coffee and feeling the crashing waves slowly pulling you in.