While there's a tendency for coastal decor to conjure up images of cheesy accents, such as seashell jars and "Live Laugh Love" wall hangings, that certainly doesn't have to be the case. Sure, it can seem trite, but the look is popular for a reason. And when done well, a seaside-inspired dining room can evoke that quintessential laid-back, effortless vibe that will have you and your dinner guests lingering over the table for hours, just to soak up more of the dreamy ambiance.
The easiest way to channel the coastal spirit is by bringing in a mix of organic textures: jute, sisal, rattan, wood, and capiz. And while we're not saying the color palette HAS to be blue or green, it's definitely advisable to bring in colors inspired by nature.
Whether you truly do live on the coast, or you're perched on a cul-de-sac in the suburbs, we're confident that these seven coastal dining rooms will have you jonesing to add a few simple nods to the beach in your own space.
1. Bring in an oversize plant.
Bringing the outdoors in is a huge component to successfully achieving that laid-back, organic beach feel. Take a page out of Becki Owens' book and bring in an oversize potted plant to add texture, color, and life to a coastal dining space boasting a neutral palette.
2. Pare down.
This coastal dining room designed by Sherry and John Petersik at Young House Love is the perfect example of less is more. We're often drawn to seaside living as a way to simplify and slow down, so we love that they took the opportunity to pare down accessories and layers, while still adding personality with light gray-blue, Windsor-inspired chairs and a capiz light fixture.
Get the look: Threshold Windsor Dining Chair (set of two), $179.99
3. Add sophistication with navy walls.
You'll most often find coastal decor to include breezy, robin's egg blue, but Chrissy Marie went bold with navy walls in her coastal dining room, and we're digging it. To recreate this look, add white wainscoting to the lower half of the wall to maintain an airy feel overall.
Get the look: Serena & Lily Wellfleet Rug, $798 - $998
4. Bring in woven dining chairs.
Upholstered or wood dining chairs are easily the most common choices when it comes to furnishing a dining space, but don't be afraid to deviate from the norm. These woven beauties spotted by Beach Life Bliss lend some much-needed texture and interest that feels decidedly beach-chic.
Get the look: One Kings Lane Easton Side Chair (set of two), $940
5. Opt for a rattan bar cart in place of a buffet.
Rather than bringing in a traditional buffet, which can feel too formal and heavy for a coastal dining room, take a cue from Kelly of The Lily Pad Cottage and opt for a rattan bar cart. The lighter material instantly relaxes a formal setup.
Get the look: Serena & Lily South Seas Side Cart, $448
6. Go for a round table.
This neutral eatery by Three Birds Renovations feels immediately inviting thanks to an oversize, round table. The circular shape immediately feels more casual and encourages easy conversation — exactly what you want in a relaxed entertaining space.
Get the look: Malawi Cane Chair in White, $640
7. Choose a woven pendant.
The pendant light in this breezy beach bungalow by Megan Martinez, showcased on The Glitter Guide, makes the perfect statement in a coastal dining room. While oversize and grand, the woven texture keeps it casual and organic. To recreate this look, pair it with white, industrial chairs and seaside-inspired textiles for plenty of contrast and interest.
Get the look: IKEA Sinnerlig Pendant Lamp, $69.99
Caitlin is the former social media manager and staff writer of TheEverygirl.com in Chicago, now working as a freelance writer from her laptop in New Zealand. She loves soulful, collected interior design that feels like a warm hug, English Breakfast tea, and trips to the theatre.