Coastal Cottage Style for Tranquil Interiors

A coastal living room with a large window overlooking the ocean.

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.

A coastal living room with a chandelier.
The bright and airy coastal cottage (Pinterest)
A coastal living room with blue and white furniture.
Coastal cottage interior (interiordesignfiles)
A coastal cottage dining room with a view of the ocean.
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.

A coastal cottage living room with blue and white furniture and a fireplace.
Beautiful blues and greens highlight this coastal home (homeportfolio)
A coastal cottage bedroom with a bed and dresser.
Light greens and blues for a bedroom (design4interior)
A coastal living room decorated with surfboards and pillows.
A fun coastal cottage (Interior Designer, Ann Lowengart Interiors, LLC)
A coastal cottage with a view of the ocean.
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.

A coastal cottage living room with blue walls and white furniture.
Wood walls painted blue (rootnh)
A coastal cottage bathroom with two sinks and a blue rug.
Bead board accents this cottage bathroom (dailymail.co.uk)
A coastal cottage bathroom with a surfboard on the wall.
Creamy walls accent this bathroom (nauticalcottageblog)
A coastal cottage with a view of the ocean.
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.

A coastal living room with a ceiling fan.
Windows left unadorned for maximum view (Coastal Living)
A coastal bedroom with a view of the ocean at a cottage.
Loose curtain panels for this beach cottage (stylemotivation)
A coastal cottage living room with blue and white furniture and a fireplace.
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.

A coastal cottage living room with blue walls and white furniture.
Furniture in the coastal cottage is comfortable and casual (homebunch)
A coastal living room with couches and a fireplace.
Plenty of comfortable seating (vissbiz)
A coastal cottage dining room with wicker chairs and a chandelier.
Wicker is often used in the coastal cottage (homebunch)
A coastal living room with two ottomans and a coffee table.
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.

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A white table in a coastal cottage living room.
Seashells and glass bottles for accents (ibesthomedecors)
A coastal cottage bedroom with a view of the ocean.
Casual accents add to the coastal cottage vibe (nauticalcottageblog)
A coastal cottage with wicker furniture and a coffee table.
A pair of boat oars casually lean against the wall (myblog-ayf.blogspot)
A coastal display of sailboats and seashells on a table.
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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