Redesigning your living room with a coastal flair

With everyone more or less hunkered down right now, working in the comfort of our own homes; we know that winter is coming, but so are the holidays and then eventually the spring. And it’s those days that remind us all that we could all really use a getaway. And if you’re like us down here in sunny Florida, you’re dreaming of lazy days by the ocean and afternoons lounging around aimlessly in that coastal-style beach home of your dreams. 

While that real vacation has to wait, your tastes certainly don’t. And with all this time on our hands, why not think about doing a little redecorating? Why not bring a little of that coastal beach vibe to your home? If you can’t go there, bring it here!

Today, we’re going to talk specifically about your living room and some of the things that you can do to give it that perfect coastal flair. Everything we suggest in here is simple – and can be done by either getting something new or by simply using what you have a little bit better. Let’s jump right in!

First off…

You’re going to want to take into consideration exactly what you want versus what you actually need. There’s dozens and dozens of ways and styles you can go with – ranging from refined and sophisticated to eclectic and modern, so before you run into the ocean – think about what you want. 

Style and comfort

If your style leans to a more tailored and traditional look, then a Nantucket style, east coast look might be more for you. These spaces are dynamic in that they’re built for comfort and relaxation but bring with them an air of classic and sophisticated furnishings, symmetrical layouts and elegant nautical motifs. It all adds up to a chic, composed – but relaxing and welcoming space. 

Key elements

To pull together this kind of a living room, you’ll have to do the following:

A more formal layout – When it comes to these sorts of rooms, symmetry and balance are the name of the game. Chaos does not reign! The shape is what gives it its formal and elegant look and you’ll see many things within them that mirror each other – so for example two couches, matching mirrors and the like. It’s a great way to establish some sort of sense of order in your space. 

Classic and crisp – Coastal design all revolves around the concept of weaving blues, white tones and light natural hughes into your color palette. What you’ll want to go for is bold contrast- so for example, mix in that very blue sofa with creamy white pillows. Less blending, more contrasting. 

Natural material – The great thing about coastal living rooms is that you can use a whole range of natural materials you’ve found at the beach within the space to really give it a character unto itself. Driftwood, seashells, beach-themes accessories, woven rugs – you name it, it’ll fit. Don’t be shy! These are the sorts of things that giver authenticity to your space. 

It’s perfect for you if…

  • You enjoy an elegant look without elegant stuffiness
  • You want a space for conversations that can moonlight as a formal space, but mostly functions without overt grandeur.
  • Appreciate large-scale, open and versatile spaces
  • A look that’s timeless and can last for years. 

With all that downtime, you might as well have something to do, right? Hopefully these ideas gave you a little inspiration! If you’re looking for the perfect accent pieces for your space, feel free to browse our website or give us a call. Until then, stay safe, happy designing and good luck!