by Giorgina Devereaux
Coastal decor and furniture style (also
called Nautical furniture and decor) is a wonderful way to welcome beach themed
pieces with a light and breezy sense of the shore into your home.
styles bring back cherished childhood memories of those relaxed summer
days filled with fun on the beach.
Imagine coming home every day to the
natural beauty of the beach.
You can recreate that tranquil getaway in
your home by incorporating various pieces of furniture and accessories.
in the coastal decor
style is not difficult.
Since they overlap due to the emphasis on the
beach and its beautiful elements, we will give you a guide on the
proper furniture and accessories typically used for both.
It’s not absolutely critical that the
furniture match, but it would be
best if the family room has several pieces that are comfortable,
overstuffed, and upholstered in easy to clean sport fabrics.
slipcovers are a great way to capture this style.
It’s an added bonus
to use slipcovers because you can change them to a different
coastal decor pattern whenever you like. This keeps things fresh,
exciting, and interesting.
For wood pieces, consider
those painted in pale,
milky colors. You can also paint some pieces in a white, light green,
or light blue color by using chippy paint. Chippy paint gives the
furniture a weathered/distressed look and you can add whimsical beach
themed designs on the pieces.
Another super idea is to add, for
instance, seagull knobs that come in antique brass, antique copper,
pewter, black nickel, or bright nickel to furniture. It’s definitely a
neat way to incorporate your own touches.
When trying to decide on
bed and nightstands, consider choosing wicker or painted wood seaside
style pieces for added drama.
of the most important things to consider when decorating your home in
the coastal decor style is the wall color.
Color can make a dramatic
difference in bringing together the elements of your desired style.
may use cool and soothing colors like white, light yellow, and light
blue on the walls, or you may use a simple beach themed stencil, or
wall borders/murals with a coastal/nautical theme.
For a New England look, you can include
wainscoting halfway up the walls.
Lighting is a principle element for coastal/nautical decorating.
have so many exciting choices and can pick from table or floor lamps
that feature sailboats, starfish, seashells, seagulls, cranes, egrets,
bird cages, pelicans, flip flops, anchors, lifeguard chairs,
shorebirds, bamboo, deckchairs, a lighthouse, coral reefs, sea urchins,
brass combined with a glass shade, round cage bulkhead lights, and
You can also install an overhead ceiling fan in a white finish
with a brass anchor fan pull or nautical themed pendant lantern type
lights. By including theme based lighting, you are sure to make a
Nautical Home Decorations
There are many ways to accessorize. You
can display large starfish on white shelves, along with glass bowls or
vases filled with sea shells and beach sand to create drama to your
coastal decor style.
Other fabulous must-haves for Coastal decor include:
- lobster trap
markers and fish nets
- blue crab figurines or wall plaques
- an antique
hand finished wood
- rope and metal sandpiper on a stand
- weathered wood seagull figures
- wooden ship wheels
frames with a sea shell border
- sea shell mirrors
- mirrors shaped like
- stained glass that contains images of a lighthouse
complete the feeling of
being at sea, you may also display sea themed items, such as ship
replicas, old brass spyglasses, vintage sextants, a nautical knots
shadow box, worn lanterns, and lighthouse sculptures.
decorative touch is to hang an oar or fishing pole on the wall. These
are never fading decorative accessories that are safe bets because they
don’t go out of style.
the look a bit and
accentuate furniture pieces, add
decorative pillows with seashore
designs or in solid blue and white colors.
You can bring warmth
and add to the design theme by including
area rugs throughout the home.
Wonderful choices to consider are sisal mats, short pile rugs, or
stenciled floor mats that come in a tan or blue color.
of rugs for this style include a beautiful coastal scene featuring a
blue heron with a striking black border or a rug design with a parade
of sandpipers circling the coastal border. If you can afford hardwood,
a light stained wood goes perfectly with area rugs.
prints of ships at sea, lighthouses,
seashells, starfish, birds, harbor scenes, and coastal scenes.
also prefer to add a Trompe
l´oiel of a port hole for the wall or hang a lovely
tapestry with romantic ocean panorama.
Treatments: The ideal window treatments consist of
drapes or curtains
that are light and airy with designs of sailboats, lighthouses, seashells, and
navy blue with white stripes for that ocean feel. Fabrics include lace, cotton,
and even canvas.
You may also consider bamboo shades or roman shades.
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