There's more to coastal style than nautical motifs and seashells at every turn. In fact, you can skip those clichés altogether. Instead, go for a scheme that's equal parts laid-back and cozy, that will still result in the beach chic aesthetic you've been dreaming of. The secret? Establish a neutral backdrop, fill your space with textured materials (such as linen and sisal), and integrate a generous amount of natural finishes.
Translating those distinct characteristics into the living room is easy enough, but when it comes to built-in features, such as the fireplace, a little more thought and creativity is in order. The key here is to make the structure double as a seamless extension of your decor, while allowing it to remain the focal point of the room. Ahead are six coastal fireplace ideas that channel the best of the seaside aesthetic.
1. Rethink the mantel.
Reclaimed wood is a staple of coastal style. Take a cue from Julie Howard Home Design and incorporate a wooden ledge instead of a traditional mantel, to add warm contrast to an all-white scheme. Pair the weathered shelf with a piece of oversize wall art to add dimension and a hint of color.
2. Channel the Mediterranean.
Coastal style can easily translate across a variety of aesthetics — think boho, Scandinavian, farmhouse, you name it — taking components of each and fusing them with seaside flair. For instance, the coastal fireplace in this spot designed by Jessica Bataille flaunts a Mediterranean-inspired charm thanks to a time-worn brick surround, an alcove-like firebox, and a terra cotta tile threshold.
3. Combine design schools.
Part coastal style, part modern, this light-filled living room by Studio McGee borrows elements from both aesthetics and introduces them to the focal point of the room — the fireplace. While the wood mantel, and nautical prints above, lend a touch of contrast to the white backdrop, the streamlined gray surround and hearth elevate the scene with effortless cool.
4. Keep it real.
Looking to the raw elements of the beach, Kelly of Lily Pad Cottage took a literal approach to the style when it came to her living room. The coastal fireplace, showcasing a stone surround and reclaimed wood mantel, fits right in with the laidback feel of her home. Take notes and complete the look with board and batten wall paneling, a sisal rug, and a porthole mirror above.
5. Welcome tradition.
At first glance, the freestanding fireplace of this Martha's Vineyard home may seem anything but coastal, but peek a little closer and you'll notice its subtle nod to a classic beach bonfire. Staying true to the midcentury-meets-coastal vibe of the space, the fire pit-inspired hearth is a clever play on tradition.
6. Go with less is more.
If you're looking to embrace coastal style with a contemporary twist, take a cue from this Pure Salt Interiors living room and pair a marble fireplace surround with a raw wood mantel. Accentuate the combo by sticking to a neutral design scheme, showcasing textures such as linen, rattan, and wood to offset the monochrome palette.