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Coastal Living Room Ideas

Updated on July 26, 2013

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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.

Coastal Living Room
Coastal Living Room | Source

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.


Beach-Themed Accessories

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
  • corals
  • 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
  • surfboards
  • wicker wastebasket


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  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    5 years ago

    Thanks a lot for your comments, thumbi7, DDE and Genna East! I really appreciate your kind words.

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    Genna East 

    5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Beautiful rooms. I like the light, summer living feel and the use of seaside colors in summer. Humidity can pay a role in the type of furniture you use, depending on the type of climate control you have in your summer beach house or cottage. Excellent ideas; you have a wonderful eye, and color and texture sense for decorating. :-)

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    Devika Primić 

    5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Looks incredible the cool colors and style well thought of.

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    JR Krishna 

    5 years ago from India

    I grew up in a coastal town. I feel nostalgic reading this hub

    Beautiful images and excellent ideas

    Voted up and shared

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    5 years ago

    @anglnwu - Hey, Angeline! Where have you been? So glad to hear from you. Thanks a lot for the kind words.

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    5 years ago

    I don't have a coastal house but I'm thinking of decorating one of my rooms with a coastal theme. Useful tips!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    5 years ago

    @Natashalh - Hmmm...giant fake marlin. Well, at least it will definitely make your living room look interesting! lol

    @rebeccamealey - Thanks, Rebecca. Glad you like these coastal décor ideas.

    @Pamela99 - Thanks a lot for your kind words, Pamela. Glad you stopped by.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Lovely decorating. I love the pictures and the light airly look of the rooms. Very nicely done.

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Cool! It looks so light and airy. Nautical décor is hard to beat. Thanks for these great ideas!

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    5 years ago from Hawaii

    Great inspirational photos! My man and I both like the costal feel and we're about to move to an apartment with a fantastically light living room! He wants one of those giant fake marlins...not sure how I feel about that!


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