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Coastal Style: A Design Guide

With summer quickly approaching, I find myself dreaming of gentle breezes, sun-kissed beaches and sand between my toes. Unfortunately Missouri is lacking a major component of my dream–the ocean, and I don’t have a vacation planned anytime soon. Nevertheless, the coastal design style is one of my favorites. And the good news is, it doesn’t matter if you live in Pittsburgh or Palm Beach, San Diego or St Louis, it’s not difficult to bring the serenity of the sea to your home.

I also love how coastal style can go traditional, contemporary, glam, farmhouse, cottage, eclectic or whatever style you like. There’s not one way to do “coastal.” And believe it or not, shells and starfish are definitely not required (unless you want them, of course).

“Coastal style” also conjures up different color images to different people. For some, it’s the bright tropical colors of the Caribbean. Think shocking pink, citrusy orange and azure blue. For others, it’s the earthy, organic tones of the Mediterranean. Think sandy beige, olive green and sunbaked terra cotta. Still others turn to the West Indies for inspiration. Think dark wood floors and furniture paired with pale greens, soft blues and creamy yellows. And still for many of us, blue, in all its beautiful shades, and white are the “standards” when it comes to achieving an American coastal look.¬† White in fact, is the tie that binds for coastal chic no matter which palette or design style you like best.

Today, I’m going to show you how to do coastal with class, not kitsch, whatever style you choose, and bring the salty air and the sandy shore to your doorstep, even if you’re thousands of miles away from the beach.

 

Bright + Beachy

Bright open spaces and Island hues in vivid shades are instant mood boosters.

An all white palette gets personality with colorful art and pillows.

Design by Jennifer Post
Via Ocean Home 

 

In this project, we brought the homeowner’s love for Key West to the Midwest. Turquoise and coral play important roles in the dining room and blend with softer pastels, such as yellow and peach and West-Indies-inspired furnishings throughout the rest of the home. For a full tour, CLICK HERE.

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

 

Design by Marcia Moore | Photo by Michael Jacob

 

Earthy + Organic

Not a fan of bright hues? Turn down the volume in your coastal-inspired home with earthy, organic shades that speak softly but still pack a beachy punch. Adding in layers of textures gives your space a rich, gathered look.

Architecture by Robert A.M. Stern
Interior Design by Steven Gambrel
Via Ocean Home

 

 

Louvered windows are a typical West-Indies-inspired coastal touch.

Using a subtle blue with a touch of gray in it brings the coastal element to this bedroom and dining room but allowed other classic elements, such as authentic antique accessories and furnishings, the wood panelling on the walls and ceiling and the reclaimed wood floor to shine. Layering and texture were key to creating the authentic beach house style the homeowners wanted.

Design by Brittany Stiles
Via Cottages and Bungalows

 

Design by Brittany Stiles
Via Cottages and Bungalows

 

A Touch of Blue

Adding pops of blue, the quintessential beachy hue, in all its beautiful shades, is an easy way to add a coastal vibe to a space.

Mashie Homes
Via House of Turquoise

 

Mashie Homes
Via House of Turquoise

 

Mashie Homes
Via House of Turquoise

 

Mashie Homes
Via House of Turquoise

 

Coastal Can Be Traditional.

Coastal style definitely has a place with traditional design. Even buttoned up can feel a bit beachy.

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It Can Also Be Contemporary.

Not your typical coastal cottage, these contemporary spaces beach it up with seaside touches.

Brooke Wagner Design
Brandon Architects
Via OneKindDesign

 

Design by Becki Owens
Via Curated Interior

 

Details Make the Difference.

Sometimes just a few special touches can bring a coastal feel to a space. Love this open staircase, and what about that awesome turquoise stripe? Tile in watery hues, turquoise glassware, accessories and art are other ways to add a beachy feel.

Design by Molly Frey
Via Beachy Pretty

 

Design by Anna Matthews
Via Curated Interior

 

Design by Judy Cooke
Photo by Alex Donovan
Via Houzz

 

Mashie Homes
Via House of Turquoise

 

Potted palms are a natural way to add coastal flair.

Take coastal overhead with a chandelier made of driftwood or one wrapped in rope.

One Kings Lane Interior Design
Via Curated Interior

Coastal in the shower? Try dark blue tile. And what’s more beachy than a hanging rattan chair, called a Swingasan, on a delightful sleeping porch?

One Kings Lane Interior Design
Via Curated Interior

 

Style Me Pretty
Via Curated Interior

 

For a coastal tablescape, these dishes are perfect!

Horchow

 

Make it Coastal for the Season

Finally, you can easily go coastal for just the summer with white cotton duck slipcovers on your existing furniture, a new summery area rug, beachy art and some palm frond greenery.

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So you see, coastal design isn’t just all about seashells, sailboats and blue and white stripes. Coastal is many different things but it’s always inviting and welcoming, and it’s one of our favorite design styles. Can we help transform your Midwestern home into a coastal retreat? Give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to contact us.

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