Cultivating a Coastal Vibe in Your Home

Coastal design schemes are perennially popular for good reason – a trip to the beach for most of us is a time of tranquility and enjoyment, having left our work and day-to-day stressors far behind. It’s no surprise that so many of us would love to recreate that feeling at home. Even if you are land-locked, it’s possible to capture a relaxed coastal vibe with a well-executed design scheme.

The key for creating a successful coastal decor, however, is found in the phrase “well-executed.” It takes a good plan and a refined sensibility to capture a kitsch-free authentic beach style. Here are a few key design ideas and tips to help you cultivate a coastal look that’s smart and sophisticated.

While this contemporary kitchen has a strong nautical theme with cobalt tiles paired with a yacht-like wood floor, white Shaker cabinets, and steel and wood hardware, the look is sleek and sophisticated – far from kitschy.

 Shabby-chic Style Spaces by Sydney Media & Bloggers A Beach Cottage
Keep interiors light and bright. Coastal-style interiors should evoke a relaxed, casual and effortless feel, so keep the interiors pale, breezy and mix up your neutrals.

The combination of neutral creams, browns and soft blues in this space really channel the essence of seashore colors, while the plantation shutters add a casually elegant touch.
The key to not going overboard in coastal decorating is to use lightweight fabrics like linen and use natural materials like raffia and other materials with a woven look and texture.
Nothing says coastal like a crisp blue and white color scheme!
A collection of framed vintage bathing suits is an unexpected and fun (if a little quirky!) way to give your space a beach vibe.
For an instant and unexpected beach vibe, take something very simple, like this deck chair, and bring it into your home. Hurricane lanterns will also add instant “beachiness.”
Pale aqua accents and painted floor paired with lots of sandy neutrals make for a light and airy master bedroom that’s high on seaside charm.
One of the keys to a relaxed coastal style is a lack of clutter, so coastal style spaces should be relatively simple. This unembellished bedroom is light, airy and tranquil–letting the views from the window serve as the focal points. Crisp white accents and white billowy curtains against the chalky blue walls create a soft yet, opulent feel.
Crisp white cabinetry paired with a blue beadboard ceiling lend a coastal feel, while the marble countertops add a touch of elegance.
The kitchen perfectly captures the relaxed beach house vibe. The soft lines of the country-style accessories enhance the Shaker style cabinetry, while the neutral palette peppered with soft blues references coastal surroundings.
The bathroom with gray-washed wood plank floors, walls and ceilings might just be the epitome of coastal cottage style. The monochrome gray tones, marble cabinet tops and plantation shutters lend the space a sense of understated elegance.

For more beachy decorating ideas, check out our “Go Coastal” Pinterest Board.

Prestige Marble and Granite can help you bring your coastal decor to life with the organic, earthen beauty of natural stone. We offer an exciting selection of designer natural stones, as well as a large variety of core colors, to complement any design project and any budget. Stop by our indoor showroom anytime; we’re here to help you every step of they way – from selection and layout through fabrication and installation.
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