Style 101: How to Get Coastal Style

A summer escape to the lake is a treat, but you can have that vacation feel at home 24/7 by decorating with Coastal Style. Part Harbor Springs, part Cape Cod, the look is entirely crisp and sophisticated. Feel like a permanent (albeit stylish!) beach bum by incorporating these five characteristics of classic Coastal Style:

 

coastal striped chair
1. Light Colored Neutrals and Stripes. When choosing paint colors and furnishings, keep things light and classic. Coastal Style uses varying shades of white to create a clean background that will show off furnishings and accessories. Other favorite colors include shades from the ocean and sky. When choosing fabrics, go for wide stripes. Stick with a palette of neutrals, blues and charcoal, which are tailored and nautical. The Yardley Accent Chair with its pin stripe upholstery has the right amount of detail for a sleek Coastal Style room.

 

coastal lamp
2. Nautical Art and Accents. The feel of the ocean becomes more literal when you collect nautical themed art and accents for the room. Choose paintings of sailboats in a harbor or fish in the sea. Adorn frames with shells or rope, and scatter accessories, such as sand dollars, coral or ship instruments. Our Double Oar Table Lamp is a natural in a Coastal Style room. The base is constructed of distressed wood and topped by a neutral linen shade.

 

coastal dresser
3. Painted Furniture. In Coastal Style, homeowners often revamp older pieces of furniture by painting them. White is a popular choice, as are strong colors, such as marine blue, cherry red or bright yellow. Save yourself the DIY project by choosing one of the painted pieces from our Summer Breeze Collection. This Eight Drawer Dresser has velvet-lined top drawers, adjustable shelves and brushed nickel finished hardware. It’s available in white, black, red, green and teal.

 

coastal chair
4. Natural Materials. Since Coastal Style gets its inspiration from nature, materials found outdoors often make an appearance. Choosing natural floor coverings, such as seagrass or sisal rugs. Window treatments also go earthy, with wood blinds or bamboo shades. And select furniture that features fabrics like linen, cotton and jute. This chair – made from natural banana leaf, abaca, mahogany and mango wood – is from our Grass Roots Collection and combines fitted lines with elegant texture – the perfect way to bring the outdoors in.

 

coastal oversized chair
5. Large Scale Furnishings. Finally, Coastal Style is meant to be relaxing, and that means furnishings in a large scale. Seating should feel inviting and generous – a place to curl up on a leisurely afternoon with a good book or a good friend. Our Amanda Chair 1/2 does the trick, taking casual style to another level. The cream-colored body fabric provides a neutral background for throw pillows that pop in with a poppy red paisley and sophisticated stripe.


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