2023 Coastal Grandmother's Guide to Coastal Decor: 6 Timeless Tips

Written by: Karen Marsh

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Whether you own a home by the beach or just dream of the crashing waves, adding elements of coastal decor to your home promotes a cool, calming vibe that will transform your house into a haven.


With countless options for coastal accessories and furniture, you’ll never run out of ideas. But first, these 6 pillars of coastal design will help you set the perfect stage for your seaside escape.

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Keep it light and bright.

It’s not always about displaying items with anchors, starfish, and sailboats printed on them. Achieving the perfect bright breezy feeling is more of a subtle approach.


A very common rule of thumb of coastal decor is to invest in shades of white, cream, and neutral shades when choosing major pieces, like your sofas, as well as paint color for your walls.


If you're worried that an all-white room will produce too much coolness, don't. A blank palette is the goal. Like bleached sand that displays shells and sea glass, your white canvas will be the perfect backdrop for dashes of color in the form of brightly colored pillows, accessories, and nautical wall decor.

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"My favorite color is the ocean."

Look to the beach for your color inspiration.

Take loads of inspiration from the ocean’s amazing array of colors. 

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Nautical colors such as blue, sea green, and turquoise are perfect choices for statement walls, vases, and other coastal decor, plus the right color selection aids in creating the relaxing effect found in coastal homes.


Tip: The color blue has a calming effect that makes it a wonderful choice for coastal decor and beach homes. Shades of green are associated with refreshment and peace.

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With the proper layering of these colors in your coastal decor and accessories, you'll achieve that sought-after feeling of a beach escape. But don’t be afraid to toss in some bright nautical blues or reds for added punch.

Allow natural light whenever you can.

Natural light not just brightens your mood, but according to Feng Shui is a positive factor that transforms a room's energy. Curtains can block your view of the world, so try to avoid heavy fabrics and keeping your windows neat and uncluttered. 


If possible, keep your windows uncovered and pick out a light sheer fabric that adds a bright and breezy feel to your room.


If you are in need of additional coastal decor lighting in areas of your room, choose natural elements like this Stacked Stone Coastal Lamp.

"One cannot collect all the beautiful seashells on the beach; one can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few." -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Add texture with real beach finds.

The most authentic way of adding texture to your coastal inspired home is to use genuine beach treasures, such as sea glass, driftwood, and seashells. Genuine accessories will transform your room. Plus, they're free! 


Just remember two key coastal decor tips: less is more (there is no clutter in nautical design) and don't bother anything that is living!

Natural and Distressed Coastal Decor

Bare wooden floors are a staple in coastal, decor and they help lend the light, airy feel of a nautical room. You can add warmth to them with natural fiber rugs like cotton and jute.


Choose distressed elements to add interest to your room such as colorful wooden buoys, nostalgic beach signs, or a wooden oar.

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Never underestimate the power of curb appeal...

Nautical Rope Doormats


Your front door is a first impression to all of your visitors. Make it a great one with a top quality Lobster Rope Doormat


Not only do they create a beautiful entrance but they help keep those bare floors clean. Available in a wide variety of colors and styles, these welcome mats are resistant to moisture, mild, and mold. 


Plus, they are fast drying and easy to clean making them perfect door mats for outdoors. Pair one with rattan chairs, baskets, and throw pillows to transform your front porch into whatever you want it to be - from lake house to island getaway.

"There's no place like home. Except for the beach." - Anonymous

Unique Coastal Decor Accents


Lobster rope is commercial fishing rope designed to tether lobster traps to their buoys. Otherwise known as "lobster lines", this nautical rope can be used in so many decorating options.


Lobster Rope Baskets are great choices for nautical accessories because they are so versatile. Perfect for displaying flowers, keeping magazines tidy, as a picnic basket, and a perfect place to keep the boat keys!

Incorporating coastal decor into your home is a fantastic way to bring a fresh, airy and relaxing atmosphere to your space. If you're looking to elevate your home with beach-inspired elements, then these coastal decor pieces are just what you need:

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