While a waterside retreat might not be in the cards for all of us, fortunately imbuing our homes with beachy charm is. Coastal decor blends the laidback, come-in-and-stay-awhile vibe of bohemian interiors with the restrained color palette (think: neutrals and blues) and soothing decor that makes Scandi-design so beloved. This means plenty of wood, an emphasis on natural light, and layering in lots of texture through woven materials such as rattan and sisal.
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A cornerstone of any interior that prioritizes lounging is furniture that beckons you to kick up your heels and relax. And when lounging is in order, is there any factor that's more of a priority than your sofa? Seaside-inspired furniture steers clear of anything too precious (no dainty spindle legs here) or traditional, and instead emphasizes deep, cushy seats covered in natural fibers — linen, wool, cotton — that add a textural component and organic quality to interiors. Check out the following seven hardworking coastal sofas to get your shopping spree started on the right note.
Looking for a coastal sofa with modern undertones? An armless settee, like this beauty from CB2, has clean lines and sits low to the ground for a decidedly contemporary feel that's ideal for the minimalist at heart.
Slipcovered furniture has an inherently relaxed vibe that works well in casual homes and wins folks over with its ease — spills and dirt don't stand a chance, just remove the cover and wash. This coastal sofa by Amber Lewis combines the simplicity of a scaled-down frame and single seat cushion, with breezy upholstery and loose back-pillows, for a perch you'd love to sink into.
Expansive sofas can be a bit staid and bulky. Look for unique details like the visible wood base and corners on this coastal sofa from McGee and Co. to break up the upholstery — they also add plenty of warmth and contrast beautifully with the gray fabric.
With a caned back and cool blueish-gray upholstery, this coastal sofa from Anthropologie is pretty close to perfect. And that's especially true if space is at a premium, or you just prefer a cozy spot to unwind with a good book.
Coastal sectionals are hardworking pieces that are a welcome addition, whether you're looking to maximize seating or you simply long for a spacious place to kick it solo. This one from West Elm features a wood platform, clean lines, and it can be customized with a variety of fabrics and wood finishes.
Beachy homes are infused with lots of texture, from reclaimed wood-adorned ceilings and floors, to woven pendants and jute rugs. But why stop there? Infuse additional character with a coastal sofa like this daybed showcasing cane detailing and white lacquer — the hard lines will appeal to art deco enthusiasts, too.
Looking for a timeless option without cliché seaside motifs? Try stripes, like the French blue seersucker on this rolled arm, tight-back coastal sofa from Serena & Lily. The measured pattern looks equally at home in a variety of interiors from traditional to farmhouse and brings a casual vibe to more formal silhouettes.