Of course, if you live near a beach or coastline, decorating with coastal decor is a natural choice. However, even those who live inland are drawn to this beautiful decorative style because it is comfortable, inviting and relaxed in attitude. It’s also a style that is favored by both men and women and it does not take a lot of fussing to maintain the style. There are many ways to interpret coastal style, depending on the room that you are decorating and who uses that room. Nuances for coastal decor can include natural elements, nautical influence, or even elements that are fantastical. For example, items used in the decor may include shells, sea life, driftwood, ships and schooners or fantasy characters such as mermaids.
Coastal Decor Ideas for Family Spaces
Family areas should be decorated in a way that is gender-neutral so that the space is comfortable for and welcoming to everyone. A good way to accomplish this is with a mix of items that appeal to both genders. For example, a focal point such as a painting of a sailing ship or a nautical metal wall art, might be displayed above a fireplace mantle; other accessories to support the focal point, such as shells or driftwood, might be used on the mantle itself. If a more modern approach is desired, an abstract metal art that features coastal colors or flowing wave shapes, could bring a subtle connection to the sea.
Coastal color palettes are typically cool, featuring shades of blue and green. Add some warmth to the space with wood floors and fabrics that include complementary warm colors, such as shades of brown, yellow, orange or red. Throw pillows and window treatments, wall art, frames and matting and other accessories are great vehicles for adding a little warmth and nautical motifs to the room’s palette.
A Coastal Bedroom with a Masculine Touch
Coastal decor is ideal for a bedroom and it can be tailored according the occupant’s gender. For a masculine look, try a beautiful deep shade of blue on the walls and then make it pop with crisp white trim. The result is a room that has depth and richness. White and sand are perfect for secondary colors and a masculine metallic shade, like silver, is a sharp accent color. Pair solid bedding with stripes or prints and choose masculine favorites, such as ships, anchors and lighthouses, for wall decor and accessories.
A Coastal Bedroom that Youthful and Feminine
Young women and girls love coastal decor too; a room that is built on a seashell motif is ideal for teen girls while younger girls are often crazy about fantastical themes that feature mermaids. Color palettes should be soft and inviting: tan, peach and coral with a little bit of turquoise as an accent color is bold yet still feminine. If two girls of different ages share the room, you can combine the seashell and mermaid themes. For example, try mermaid prints or metal art along with wall mirrors that feature seashell motif. Use a mix of solid and striped bedding in the color palette and customize throw pillows to each girl’s taste.