#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!


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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.


All furniture sourced from Wayfair

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.


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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How To Turn Your Home Into An Updated Beach Bungalow

Being from Florida, we see many beach houses through the years, and many of them look exactly the same with the same beach decor. They tend to strive for a “Hamptons” look where mostly everything is white, and sometimes, it looks nice while others it doesn’t. Either way, they all look the same. People are afraid to try to incorporate typical beach colors in their beach decor, because it can look cheesy. We want to lead you to thinking about an elegant and relaxing beach home that includes stylish beach decor. Colors and all.



When it comes to colors, we mentioned typical beach colors. We’re talking about blue, green, sand, and white. That doesn’t mean add in coral! Why some people do this is still in question. Just pay attention to the colors of the coast and let them lead you to your décor.

Beach Bungalow


When you are picking your furniture, especially for the “hangout” spots, think about shapes, forms, and textures that remind you of the beach. This goes for the beach décor as well, not just the furniture. It doesn’t even have to be items from a store. Create décor by placing what you find on the beach in apothecary jars. Instant beach décor!

Beach Bungalow


Now, for some secrets we’ve kept bottled up but haven’t thrown in the ocean quite yet… (See what we did there?)

Fade-proof fabrics for curtains

Beach Bungalow


These will immediately become your home’s best friend and your pocket’s savior. Not only are these fabrics still beautiful, but also if your home gets a lot of sunlight, this will save you from buying new curtains all the time.

Add Prints

Beach Bungalow


Yes, we want to keep it soothing and calm, but add subtle prints. This means you can use a soft pattern accent rug or accent chair or both! You can mix it up and boost up your home’s visual interest. Just make sure you read our mixing patterns how-to for extra tips and tricks.

Bold Backsplash



Kitchens can look very beautiful but also very bland being white, tan, or even using blue pastels. Granted, the ocean view is probably the highlight of your home, but why can’t your backsplash be too?

Wooden Towel Rack

Beach Bungalow


Seeing towels hung over the end of doors and thrown about waiting to dry can really ruin a stylish look of the home. Instead, use a reclaimed-wood ladder to hang the towels on. It adds a little rustic flare but also keeps things tidy.

Super-Size Your Dining Table

Beach Bungalow


With a beach house, you are probably the host of many dinners! Maximize your dining room capacity by super sizing your table. This also gives you the opportunity to create a larger centerpiece using your extra beach décor.

Hopefully this has helped you find a balance between beachy and elegance and has shown you how to successfully turn your home into an updated beach bungalow!


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