You don’t need to live on the coast to bring a harmonious coastal energy into your home’s interior design. A calming paint palette and selection of themed home decor items can do just the trick to allow the coastal vibe into your home. And some would say, in a coastal-themed home, you’ll always feel like you’re on vacation. Go on, get yourself a cold glass of iced tea, kick back in your Adirondack chair, and prepare to be inspired.
Some of my favorite coastal inspiration comes from my friend’s home — a bright, open-concept beach-front Cape Cod with huge windows and beautifully curated home decor. Maybe it’s just the look you’re going for, so keep on reading to learn more about bringing a beautiful coastal vibe into your own home.
Paint. Let’s start with the paint. Aim for blues, grays, and any earth and sky tones that you would experience if you were looking out over the ocean, rain or shine. Infusing a muted paint palette into your home is the quickest way to make a change (and it’s usually inexpensive, with quality paint ranging from $20-$50/gallon). Color washing is an easy treatment for a coastal house too.
If you’re looking for more texture, consider a grasscloth, shiplap or wainscoting panels, or something more creative, like map wallpaper.
Here are a few of my favorite paint colors for a coastal-themed home:
- The perfect oceanic blue: Adriatic Mist by Behr
- And a darker blue, for the daring decorator: Scanda by Sherwin-Williams
- A hint of mint: Frosted Juniper by Behr
- If you like yellow: Oyster Bisque by Valspar
- A refreshing white: Eider White by Sherwin-Williams
Just as much as paint and decor, hardware finishes can lend to creating a very coastal vibe. For example, this kitchen renovation transforms an ordinary kitchen into a coastal retreat, and the hardware that the homeowner selected for her drawer pulls and cabinets are a great finishing touch.
If you’re looking for similar coastal-themed kitchen hardware, look into these sources:
- A vintage bin pull by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
- Anchor knobs by Pottery Barn
- The strap pull from Restoration Hardware
Home decor brings the finishing touches in your coastal home retreat. It doesn’t have to be all sailboats and anchors; you might gravitate towards a rustic-chic interpretation and embrace vintage finds, like old signs and natural wood finishes. You don’t need to shy away from modern either, as the clean lines of modern design can bring a unique contrast into a coastal theme, as demonstrated in this modern coastal kitchen makeover.
For more furniture and decor ideas, check out these products you can buy:
- A rope chandelier by Pottery Barn
- Big, woven ash baskets by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
- Driftwood anything, like a set of these candleholders for a coastal tablescape
- A harbor blue frame bed by Crate & Barrel
- A wooden oar framed mirror by Kirklands
- The stonewashed linen collection from Restoration Hardware
Finally, if you’re looking to create a coastal-themed house on a budget, consider these inexpensive (sometimes free!) do it yourself projects:
- A shiplap wall treatment to make a small space feel thoughtfully decorated.
- Collect canning jars, and fill them with stones or sand from beach vacations.
- Learn how to make new wood look old.
- Frame shells and starfish for easy shadowbox art (if you don’t have natural access to these, you can buy as many as you wish for just a few dollars each online).
- Use jute rope as curtain tie-backs or make a beachy rope mirror.
- Learn how to distress painted furniture.
- Begin a driftwood collection (make a wreath, if you’re feeling creative!)
And don’t forget about the exterior of your home. To me, hydrangeas are a must for their lushness and longevity. Even after they’re done blooming for the season, you can dry the hydrangea flowers to preserve and display all winter long.
For more coastal landscaping inspiration, check out these links:
- See coastal landscaping ideas in a video from HGTV.
- Get inspiration from real-life coastal homeowners on HGTVGardens.com.
Finally, host a coastal-themed party in your backyard!