Coastal Cottage Style for Tranquil Interiors

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Coastal Cottage
Coastal Cottage (Houzz)

Whether you live on the coast or in the city, you can still achieve this fluid, relaxing look in your home.  There is something special about the airy, soothing coastal cottage style that appeals to everyone.  Perhaps it is memories of beach vacations or simply a love of nature that inspires us to embrace this iconic style.

The bright and airy coastal cottage
The bright and airy coastal cottage (Pinterest)
Coastal cottage interior
Coastal cottage interior (interiordesignfiles)
Lunch with a view
Lunch with a view (heidiclaire.blogspot)

The colors of the coastal cottage style are light and airy blues and greens, with natural browns and creams to accent.  Colors are soothing and relaxing, opening up the space and keeping it light.  Walking into a coastal cottage, you immediately feel the relaxing vibe.

Beautiful blues and greens highlight this coastal home
Beautiful blues and greens highlight this coastal home (homeportfolio)
Light greens and blues for a bedroom
Light greens and blues for a bedroom (design4interior)
A fun coastal cottage
A fun coastal cottage (Interior Designer, Ann Lowengart Interiors, LLC)
Soft blues and green play against the view
Soft blues and green play against the view (homebunch)

Walls of the coastal cottage are often either all bead board or accented with wainscoting.  Painted white, the boards provide a crisp, clean look while walls of sheetrock are painted in soft blue, green or cream.  The overall effect is one of serene beauty.

Wood walls painted blue)
Wood walls painted blue (rootnh)
Bead board accents this cottage bathroom
Bead board accents this cottage bathroom (dailymail.co.uk)
Creamy walls accent this bathroom
Creamy walls accent this bathroom (nauticalcottageblog)
Open and bright coastal cottage
Open and bright coastal cottage (Pinterest)

Windows are largely unadorned to let in the most natural light and to take full advantage of the view.  However, if you do prefer some type of treatment at the windows, long, billowing panels that blow in the breeze or simple shades provide the perfect solution.

Windows left unadorned for maximum view )
Windows left unadorned for maximum view (Coastal Living)
Loose curtain panels for this beach cottage
Loose curtain panels for this beach cottage (stylemotivation)
Roman shades can be lowered for privacy at night but left open to take advantage of the view during the day
Roman shades can be lowered for privacy at night but left open to take advantage of the view during the day (frincor)

Furniture is comfortable and accommodating.  Upholstered pieces can be slipcovered to make them even more casual.  Wicker, either painted white or in natural warm brown, is ideal.  It is visually light in a room, comfortable and holds up well against sandy people coming in from the beach.

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Furniture in the coastal cottage is comfortable and casual
Furniture in the coastal cottage is comfortable and casual (homebunch)
Plenty of comfortable seating
Plenty of comfortable seating (vissbiz)
Wicker is often used in the coastal cottage
Wicker is often used in the coastal cottage (homebunch)
Ottomans covered in a pretty sea-life pattern add color and function
Ottomans covered in a pretty sea-life pattern add color and function (Pinterest)

Accessories for the coastal cottage range from natural elements such as driftwood and seashells to beautifully colored bottles that reflect the light.  Weathered wood accents, lanterns, sailboats and nautical instruments round out the decorative elements.

Seashells and glass bottles for accents
Seashells and glass bottles for accents (ibesthomedecors)
Casual accents add to the coastal cottage vibe
Casual accents add to the coastal cottage vibe (nauticalcottageblog)
A pair of boat oars casually lean against the wall
A pair of boat oars casually lean against the wall (myblog-ayf.blogspot)
Sail boats, glass and seashells accents fit well in the coastal cottage
Sail boats, glass and seashells accents fit well in the coastal cottage (lovingcoastlliving.wordpress)

The coastal cottage style is one that can be applied anywhere, in any home.  Choose the light colors of the sea, accent with natural elements and nautical finds and relax in comfortable furniture.  Designing your home in coastal cottage style will transport you to a tranquil, lighter place.

 

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