How to Bring Coastal-Inspired Design Into Your Home

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.

Coastal inspiration for your home's decor. Think of maps, antiques, and small jars of rocks and sand.

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.

Interior design coastal inspiration.

Here are a few of my favorite paint colors for a coastal-themed home:

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.

A coastal kitchen with pretty hardware on the drawers and cabinets.

If you’re looking for similar coastal-themed kitchen hardware, look into these sources:

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:

Coastal retreat on a pretty front porch.

Finally, if you’re looking to create a coastal-themed house on a budget, consider these inexpensive (sometimes free!) do it yourself projects:

How to make a driftwood wreath.

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:

Use hydrangeas for coastal landscaping

Finally, host a coastal-themed party in your backyard!

6 Responses

  1. MarcioWilges says:

    I love vacation-themed concepts, be it coastal, rustic resort or pure Zen. It is important to have a house that releases tranquillity and encourages calmness so that you will always look forward to head home after a long and tiring day at work or school. It can actually help you relax both your physical self and your mind to prepare for yet another day tomorrow. Should I be moving out soon, I shall consider this vacation-theme for our new house.

  2. rena says:

    Great blog! The coastal inspired design is a wonderful theme. They bring up a serene atmosphere at home , even if they are not located near to the coast. Most of the home renovation companies in Toronto suggest coastal design
    to their customers, as it is more in demand today. The map wall paper and the open-concept beach-front Cape Cod with huge windows are really beautiful.They create coastal sensation in our homes and it makes us feel that we are on a vacation or on a ship.

  3. Patrick says:

    Where can you purchase the map wallpaper?


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