6 Coastal Bedrooms: Water-Adjacent Property Not Required

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Although we at Hunker HQ in Los Angeles might be partial to coastal decor, its use of timeless elements — we're talking about striped fabrics, a cool color palette, and natural fibers — coupled with a minimalist approach, amount to an endearing style no matter where you call home. The inherently relaxed quality of coastal style makes it a no-fail choice for use in bedrooms where soothing design and calming hues are always welcome. And much to our relief, you don't need a water-adjacent property to wholly embrace the look.

As you might expect, coastal decor calls to mind the ocean by emphasizing the color blue, then pairing it with neutrals, wood tones, and an abundance of natural light, resulting in interiors that are full of warmth and charm. Are you looking to bring some of that dreamy goodness into your sleeping quarters? Check out these six coastal bedroom ideas for inspiration.

1. Double down on a pattern.

If you find a pattern that speaks to you, don't be afraid to repeat it throughout the room for maximum effect. This coastal bedroom spotted on Serena & Lily has more than that prizewinning lakeside view going for it — it features a romantic blue vine print on the walls and accent chair, timeless seersucker bed linens, and a wicker bed frame for warmth and dimension. Brass table lamps are a traditional touch that elevate the space.

2. Hang nautical decor.

Tap into leisurely days spent on the water by repurposing nautical accessories, like oars and paddles, as wall decor. This whitewashed coastal bedroom by Margot Austin blends telltale farmhouse details like a sliding barn door, tongue and groove wall paneling, and wide-plank wood floors with coastal mainstays like a broad-striped duvet, curtain-less windows, and pared-down accents for a look that's approachable yet tailored.

3. Imbue charm with maritime motifs.

Cliche seaside decor CAN bring charm without kitsch when it's used in measured amounts. Case in point: This crisp coastal bedroom by Chrissy Marie introduces a subtle beachy vibe with a navy and white wallpaper that showcases quintessential coastal motifs like shells and starfish. The diminutive print and restrained color palette keeps the look elevated, while an abundance of pillows and a fluffy duvet add cozy flair.

4. Layer on pattern.

Wallpaper is a hardworking visual element that can personalize your space by adding color, pattern, and texture. Cortney Bishop created an eclectic coastal bedroom escape by combining striped drapery, a spotted area rug, bohemian pillows, and a leather bed frame. She then anchored the look with a soothing periwinkle and white pattern on the walls, resulting in interesting visuals that are far from distracting.

5. Introduce natural textiles.

Natural fibers are a welcome addition to any room, adding warmth and a free-spirited vibe that's particularly complementary with scaled-down aesthetics like Scandi, industrial, and minimalism. This coastal bedroom from The Heart and Haven hits all of the textural high notes with a seagrass rug, hanging basket art, pom pom-trimmed blanket, and organic wood side table. Board and batten paneling adds depth to white walls.

6. Opt for modern pieces.

Bring weight and a modern sensibility to the softness of coastal bedrooms with a wood spindle headboard and leather-wrapped end tables. Emily Henderson punctuated the white walls in this airy refuge with bold blue accessories, including pillows, a geometric throw blanket, and curtains.


Jaclyn Schatzow is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA

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