Coastal interiors can be achieved in your living room by playing with the colours of the sky, sea and sand to form a dreamy coastal theme. Bring the themes of the seaside into your living room and channel coastal chic with soft furnishings in calming whites, washed-out denim and cool shades of blue. A weathered, faded look is the essence of coastal interiors.
Choose a living room with a whitewashed colour scheme for a décor filled with space and light. White or neutral-toned wall panelling creates a great beach-hut vibe – coordinate with sand-coloured sisal flooring or carpet. Team this decor with white linen furnishings and a wicker chest-style coffee table. Add a seascape canvas on the wall and accessorise with beach ornaments such as seashells, coral and beach pebbles.
Add a pop of colour to coastal interiors with coral or seagreen tones. Keep the walls a fresh white, and add a large mirror framed with driftwood to reflect a feeling of light and space. Position nautical striped soft furnishings in the room for laid-back coastal charm.
A grey or blue feature wall with shimmering metallics will bring a warm coastal theme to your living room.
Driftwood is a wonderful material to add a feeling of relaxed coastal charm. Choose furniture crafted from driftwood such as a coffee table or open shelving. Position a sailing boat on your mantelpiece, arrange pebbles and wood in a corner of the room for relaxed coastal chic.
Make an art display the main feature in your living room. Position alternate sized picture frames or a large canvas against whitewashed walls. Choose art that reflects a coastal theme, with beach landscapes and sketches of sea life or birds.
For more seaside inspiration, check out our nautical decorating ideas gallery.
Fresh coastal blue works beautifully when used as an accent colour. For the ultimate in coastal living, add fabrics and accessories in a matching sun-bleached denim shade to create a space that’s airy and inviting.
A relaxed, summery feel is created with neutral walls and flooring mixed with sandy blue-grey furniture and accessories. Beach-themed ornaments and seascape artwork complete the look.
Stone walls give this living room a rustic, underground feel, whilst understated soft furnishings, such as loose covers and throws, have an informal beach-house feel.
Practical shelving makes the most of the alcove space in this living room, with a large space on the bottom shelf to store logs to fuel the traditional wood-burning stove. Nautical-style cushions and other seaside accessories complete the coastal-inspired look.
A wicker basket and console table provide handy storage in this elegant coastal themed living room. Seascape artworks complete the look in this bright and fresh space.
This living room is kept simple and airy with white soft furnishings made pretty with touches of coral pink and blue. We love the feminine touches.
Coastal accents juxtaposed with contemporary features give this spacious living room a modern look.
The white scheme is accentuated with bold, floral blue and white patterns. Shell and coastal inspired pictures and prints are grouped together above the white sofa to add interest.
The chunky weave rug echos the feel of rippled sand, whilst cushions with sea creatures and plant designs set against a plain sofa complete the coastal scheme. If only we were on the beach now!
Bold stripes used on upholstery are tempered with patterns in softer shades of the same colour in this cosy living space.
A porthole window says ‘Ship, ahoy!’ even when the view is your neighbour’s chimney. The round window shape is such a standalone striking feature and shouldn’t be covered up.
Sometimes just a splash of seafaring cool is enough to create a distinctive look. A masculine chair is softened with a printed linen cushion that is still manly but perfectly weathered.
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Immerse your living room walls in the most nautical of blues, but temper the look with a linen sofa and shots of white and red. Restrained use of ticking stripes and rope details enhance the look without taking it overboard.
Inject seaside shimmer in the most subtle of ways. Using capiz shells to trim the loose cover for a footstool or ottoman adds a neutral but nautical touch.
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Get graphic with modern-day seaside images that reference your favourite coastal town and all its charms. Ceramic display plates are the perfect base for vibrant blue images.
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Just add rope, rust and the perfect shade of sea glass green to a high-contrast black and white scheme and watch it warm up. Vintage interpretations of sailing ships make for a cool and creative armada of your very own.
Give your living room a beach-house look with white-painted wood panelling, weathered wood furniture and chic calico-covered sofas. Introduce accents of soft aqua into the room on cushions and soft furnishings, ceramics and glassware. Add a wash of painted colour at ceiling height and position a picture ledge in front to display seaside finds and interesting bits and pieces.
Bring the beach home by mixing weathered coastal colours, unfussy reclaimed wood furniture and characterful seaside motifs for a look that will relax you as soon as you walk through the door. Arrange accessories in loose groups, rather than tight grids or clusters to create an informal look.
Give your living room grown-up nautical style with this smart take on the Long Island look. Start with a traditional dark wood and cream palette and add accents of smart navy on tailored upholstery, soft furnishings and geometric-weave flooring. Finish with nautical themed accessories chrome lanterns, decorative glass pieces, ropework and polished wood.
Take a natural approach to coastal style, using the colours and textures of the beach as inspiration. Subtle pebble shades of pale grey, sand and stone, the rough warmth of weathered wood and worn linen; the fresh hues of sea, sky and cloud. Weathered wood is the starting point for this living room with its panelling-effect wallpaper and in details like the stool and wall art.
Go for an altogether more elegant take on beach house style with this dreamy looking living room in an all-white and neutral colour palette. The lofty pitched ceiling, wood panelled walls and weathered floorboards create a light and airy space thats a blank canvas ready to be filled. Echo the mood with pale cotton-covered upholstery, woven basketware and jute flooring, teamed with pebble-coloured ceramics, faded linens, corals and driftwood.
Bring some coastal personality to a neutral living room and enjoy a holiday mood all year round. Plain white walls can look quite stark, so choose a barely-there shade of misty grey to add the subtlest hint of colour. Introduce patterns and texture into your scheme with stripes and checks and cheery seaside-print fabrics. Fill the empty space above your sofa with a gallery of coastal artwork, from scenic prints and ocean vistas to holiday postcards and nautical typography.
Give a coastal scheme a contemporary twist with this all-neutral scheme, with not a hint of blue and white in sight. Walls and floors are kept pared back and simple with exposed beams and sunbleached wooden boards. A wood burner takes centre stage, surrounded by a curated collection of vintage furniture and accessories that share the seafarers theme.
Keep to a failsafe coastal colourscheme of breezy blue and white, teamed with weathered wood furniture and rustic woven matting. Mimic the look of sun bleached wood panelling with a clever faux-effect plank-look wallpaper. Incorporate a bookcase or shelving unit into your room so you can create a display of coastal finds, from storm lanterns and sea birds to pebbles, shells and driftwood.
Take inspiration from the coast by using natural materials, like wood, sisal, cotton and linen against fresh white walls. Itll create a laid-back feel and evolve over time into a well-worn, casual look. Go for sofas with loose covers and open furniture for a light and airy touch, and dont be afraid to combine different wooden finishes itll add to the relaxed vibe. Layer up cushions in subtle washed-out stripes and tactile ribs for casual beachy appeal.
Go for a relaxed, laidback look in your holiday home living room. Upholstered furniture should be comfy and practical with easy-clean slipcovers in a forgiving coastal stripe, teamed with rustic, wooden trunks and bookcases in timeworn, weathered finishes. A roll-up blind in a quirky shell-print fabric makes the perfect finishing touch to frame the view at the window.