#FridayFavorites: Interior Design Styles – Coastal

Considering Florida didn’t get a winter at all this year and it has stayed feeling like summer, we felt it was only appropriate to choose coastal as our favorite interior design style this fine Friday! Going coastal doesn’t mean you have to go overboard with anchors and stripes. (See what we did there?) You can really turn this design style cute and creative with your own personal twist whether you’re hanging out by the beach or in the middle of a suburban neighborhood. We’ll show you how!

Foundation

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Both of these designs show a coastal style, but as you can see, they’re very different. This goes to show that you have many options in this interior design style. One of the options being a fresh white base with glass and shell accents. Another option showcasing a dark navy couch with light blue accents throughout reminding guests of the sea and giving off a relaxing yet homey vibe.

Furniture

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An airy metal bed frame is perfect for a relaxing bedroom, and it gives you freedom when picking out side tables and dressers. You can even throw some color in a little study corner with this sanded sea-foam writing desk, and you can’t tell us the blue rotating chair in the top right corner doesn’t automatically remind you of a beach house. If you want to give your coastal living room a luxurious touch, we suggest this awesome chrome coffee table. We’re also in love with this toned down sea-foam couch, and it would look absolutely perfect in a white or gray living room.

Decor

All decor sourced from Wayfair

You don’t have to go too beach-y, but coastal decor is all about the decor items. Cute sanded down “distressed” trays are adorable for coffee tables, kitchen counters, or dining room tables. All these trinkets will complete any vignette, and these pillows are the perfect combination for a white or navy couch! Just remember to have fun and add in your own personal touch!

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5 Interior Design Tricks From A Designer

Not sure how to start designing your home? We’re here to help! We know firsthand how hard it can be to know where to start and how to start designing your home’s interior. So, we’ve rounded up a few of our basic steps to making your house look the way it should! It’s a lot easier than you may think to design your own space, so start by following a few of our simple design tricks!

You can never go wrong with a white living room.

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White rooms have been all the rage for a while now, and I don’t see that trend ending any time soon.  White paint makes a room feel open, airy, and bright, while providing the perfect backdrop for whatever accent colors you choose.  And if your tastes change often, you won’t have to repaint to match your latest design choices.

Lighting can make or break your design.

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There is nothing worse than feeling like you are under interrogation lights. There are many ways to address this. Adding dimmers to your switches is relatively easy, and try to vary the heights of lighting in a room. You don’t want everything on the same plane. Use soft pink light bulbs for a flattering glow. In the next picture of this amazing kitchen, you will notice ceiling lights, pendant lights, and then task lighting under the range hood.

Add architectural interest to the space.

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There is no better way to elevate your room and increase the value of your home then by adding architectural details.  There are many ways to achieve this look.  Adding wainscoting, crown molding, or ceiling beams are some great examples.

Choose a variety of seating.

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No more matching sets!  If you already own a matched set, try repainting some of the pieces or moving pieces to another room.  For example, a night stand can be an end table in your family room.

Add greenery.

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Browse through home pictures, and you’ll be hard pressed to find one that does not contain some greenery or some fresh flowers.  Potted plants add softness, and flowers add life to a room.

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