Vacation vibes: How to add coastal style to your home
I've realized over the years, after endless trips to the beach, lakeside vacations, even countless early mornings spent rowing on the lake with my crew team, that my soul is happiest by the water.
What is it about being on a dock, or coastal or beach vacation that makes us feel so at peace, and so at ease? Is it the rolling waves of a sparkling tide, the smooth reflections of a glossy lake, or the sheer beauty of looking out at endless stretches of water in front of you?
And at the end of every beach side or tropical vacation, I come home wanting to bring those calming, relaxing vacation vibes home with me.
I think that's what has drawn me towards coastal style over the years - it reminds me of those calming, easy going vacation feels and moments on a sandy beach or simply sitting in moments of self-reflection by the water. And since many of us are likely putting our summer travel and vacation plans on hold this year, why not bring those feel-good vacation vibes into your home? Here's how to add coastal style to your home decor:
Start with a soothing paint color: Beach-inspired hues like pale blues, grays, even whites or ivories remind us of the water, rocks, or clouds and provide a calming neutral backdrop. Try colors like SW Sea Salt, SW Alabaster, SW Tradewind, SW Silver Strand, BM Boothbay Gray, or BM Decorator's White:
Add a slipcovered sofa: Go for a linen or canvas slipcovered sofa. The removable slipcover makes for easy cleaning, and bonus points if it's a performance fabric - yes, they are more expensive, but especially helpful if you have kids or pets:
Layer in a natural jute or patterned woven rug: Reminiscent of summers spent at a cottage by the beach, a neutral jute rug will pair with practically any paint color, and gives those ultra-coastal vibes. Looking for a little more color and pattern? A soft-washed rug with a geometric pattern and fringe will look and feel like an insta-vacay:
Mix in finishing touches: Adding a glass base table lamp (with or without a coastal-inspired filler like white stones), mercury glass or wood pillar candle holders, lanterns, a cozy lightweight throw blanket, pops of colorful pillows, or a potted plant like a fiddle leaf fig, artificial grass, yucca, or eucalyptus to add a "vacation escape" feeling to your home and create your own little oasis:
Hope you enjoy your brand new, relaxing retreat! Want help creating one just for you? Let me know!
Shop the look:
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Sherwin Williams Tradewind
Sherwin Williams Silver Strand
Benjamin Moore Decorator's White
Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray
Wayfair Beachcrest Slipcovered Sofa
Home Depot Unfinished Wood Side Table
Serena & Lily Seaview Rug
Home Depot Natural Woven Rug
Overstock Whitewashed Wood Coffee Table
Home Depot Woven Wood Shades
Pottery Barn Ivory Linen Drapes
Joss & Main Glass Table Lamp
Pottery Barn Mercury Glass Pillar Candle Holders
Pottery Barn Silver Malta Lanterns
Mark & Graham Turkish Herringbone Throw
Annie Selke Ines Decorative Pillow
Annie Selke Linen Sky Decorative Pillows
Target Artificial Grass Plant
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