Coastal decor likely evokes images of soft tones, natural textures, and anything nautical themed. But like any other design aesthetic, it’s easily adaptable to suit your own personal style.
We’re biased, but a good starting point in your decorating journey is a coastal rug to set the tone, be it a classic jute-inspired option or one boasting shades inspired by the ocean. From there, try to find furnishings and decor that evoke a serene vibe, like neutral furniture — and do your best to keep it light and bright.
Need some inspiration? Whether you live by the ocean or simply want to embrace the calm aesthetic, these spaces will get you one step closer to creating a coastal look in your own home. Keep scrolling for seven coastal decor ideas full of personality.
1. Beachy Minimalism
Contrary to popular belief, the coastal design aesthetic doesn’t need to comprise blatantly beachy decor. So long as your space evokes a relaxing aesthetic reminiscent of a trip to the shore, you’re doing it right. This designer nailed the coastal trend by incorporating a Persian-style rug boasting ocean-inspired colors. That, teamed with white walls, large windows that bring in a ton of natural light, and the subtly nautical throw pillows, gives off an oceanside feel without going over the top.
2. Farmhouse Finesse
This living room is undeniably beachy (just look at that view!), but it also has characteristics of farmhouse design. To point, note the warm, rustic rug, and tufted couches that look like they could be vintage. While the wooden coffee table aligns with either aesthetic, the decorative beads are a telltale sign of farmhouse style. (They do resemble a beachy rope at first glance, though.)
3. Beach Meets Boho
When coastal style meets boho design, it looks a little something like this peaceful sunroom. The designer married characteristics of both styles, prioritizing natural textures and an overtly neutral color palette. For example: It features white walls, a couch to match, and a Re-Jute rug, all of which are core elements of the coastal design aesthetic. But it’s also rich with greenery and has rattan chairs and a basket on the wall to match, decor that looks perfectly at home in any boho space.
4. Classically Coastal
When you think of a guest room at a beach house, a space that looks exactly like this might come to mind. It’s quintessentially coastal, from the natural textures and woven fibers seen in the bed frame and bedside lamp to the striped detailing and pops of blue throughout. We like how this designer chose a predominantly white comforter and pillows because it makes the bold lines of the striped area rug stand out in a playful way.
5. Contemporary Chic
We wouldn’t be surprised to see water for miles when you look out of those kitchen window. That’s because this space embodies every aspect of coastal decor: It’s light and airy, with white walls and shelving, and striped dishtowels that have a beachy feel. But it also has contemporary influence, from the trellis rug in a refreshing shade of blue to its ultra-sleek appliances.
6. Coastal Glam
If you were wondering how to make seashells look chic and not randomly scattered throughout your home, this is how it’s done. While traditional coastal decor typically leans away from metallics, this designer uses it to their advantage to elevate their otherwise completely coastal space. And in keeping with their theme of surprise, they went with a geometric rug that’s a pretty stark contrast to the jute rugs often seen in traditional coastal design.
7. All in the Details
One area of your home that you may be overlooking is your entryway, which famously sets the tone of your space. This doorstep is a great example of how even the smallest details can enhance your coastal home decor. Here, this person opted for a small striped rug featuring hues of slate blue, soft taupe, and ivory. Set by the white walls, this one detail evokes coastal vibes in its own right.