Coastal Living Room Ideas
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It doesn't matter whether you live on a mountainside or reside in an urban jungle; you can always create a sense of getaway in your own living room as if every day is a beach vacation. The coastal decorating style allows your imagination to drift to cheerful scenery even when it's 30 degrees outside, and lets your mind find some relaxation despite the hectic traffic right outside your door. To give your living room a beach cottage feel, there are a lot of details to consider from furniture and window treatments to room accessories and color scheme.
Wicker and Upholstery
Refrain from the luxury of leather sofas or ornate Victorian furnishings, and go with simple wicker furniture and plush upholstered armchairs that invite you to kick back and mellow out. Simplicity and comfort are what you need to keep in mind. However, don't be afraid to put a little spin on classic coastal style if you fancy it. Wicker furniture with a modern twist, for example, can add some excitement to a serene ambience. Armchair cushions with tassel trims, on the other hand, can render the room a little sense of sophistication and formality, while not at all ruining the cottage feel.
Let There be Plenty of Natural Light
Whether your living room has the privilege of an ocean view or not, try to allow natural light to shine in as much as possible. It creates warmth and liveliness that artificial lighting cannot quite fulfill. Avoid heavy draperies and bulky window blinds that belong in a humdrum office rather than a cozy home environment. Fabric roller shades that can be rolled up all the way are perfect window treatments for a coastal living room. If privacy is your main concern, opt for semi-transparent drapes.
Blue, Brown, Green and White
Be sure to use a combination of coral green, sandy brown, white and various shades of blue as your color scheme. Nothing else can evoke a beach atmosphere more vividly than these shades. Wood flooring goes very well with these color options and also gives you the feeling of bringing the outdoors in. If you reside in a colder climate and prefer carpet flooring, however, make sure the carpet you choose depicts certain coastal elements. The blue-and-brown, striped carpet in the above picture, for instance, is a lovely reminder of a vast sandy beach and relentless waves of blue ocean water.
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To pull off a perfect coastal decoration, you have to pay attention to every minute detail. Be very selective with all knickknacks and accessories. Little things like these can add much coastal appeal to your living room and make a huge difference. Here are some crafty ideas.
- anchor hooks for hats and coats
- beach-stone doormat
- coconut shells
- driftwood bookshelves
- fish wall art
- framed starfish
- glass jars of seashells and beach stones
- mermaid wall art
- mini palm trees
- miniature lighthouse
- miniature ships
- seashell-framed mirrors
- seashell wind chimes
- wicker wastebasket
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