Coastal Living Room Ideas to Bring a Breezy Feel to Your Home Year-Round

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Coastal Living Room Ideas and Inspiration

Ready to spruce up your space? You can start by leaning into a light and breezy look with a coastal living room. It's all about creating a relaxed and comfy space filled with cool tones and year-round summertime vibes.

A coastal living room should be calm and clutter-free with beach house feels and maybe even some nautical accents. The good news is you don't have to live at the shore to make this look work. Just lean into the lightness of it all and ... relax.

Here are some coastal ideas that will help you turn your space into something truly tranquil.

1. Expose what's natural.

If you already have structural ceiling beams in your living room or want to add some during renovation, think about keeping them exposed. The raw wood will add a natural touch like it does this beautiful coastal space from Studio McGee.

2. Just go with jute.

When adding a rug to your coastal living room, lean into natural textures like jute to tie the look together. The material will instantly add a comfy feel to your space.

3. Keep your windows simple.

The first step to turning your living room into a coastal oasis is to take down any heavy or dark window treatments. We recommend replacing them with sheers or Roman shades. It's all about embracing natural light and airiness.

4. Get some greige.

Traditionally, coastal decor revolves around white and blue shades, but consider bringing light beige and gray tones into your room. You'll up the cozy factor just like this soothing space from Kerri Rosenthal does. Washed gray will create a weathered seaside look we love.

5. Keep it light and easy.

Want another way to showcase exposed beams in your coastal living room? Paint all the walls, ceiling, and wood planks a bright white. The color change will instantly open the space and provide the perfect empty canvas for all of your carefully curated coastal pieces. Go for light-colored accent furniture as well.

6. Let comfort reign.

When it comes to creating a coastal living room, put comfort on the top of your list. Paint the space white, and add a sectional that you can sink into. You'll want the maximum amount of comfy seating for chill time.

7. Play with blue.

White and neutral tones are classics for a coastal living room, but so is blue. Add some throw pillows, a rug, and textiles in an indigo shade to bring the ocean inside like Chango & Co. did with this gorgeous space.

8. Mix and match.

Choose colors that are white or off-white for your walls. But then mix in sun-bleached wood floors and a few rich leather pieces to create a coastal living room that's dynamic and timeless.

9. Bring nature inside.

Coastal can be modern and chic when you add in statement pieces like a live edge wood coffee table with a natural finish. We also like a wood ceiling with white walls for a contemporary beach feel.


As an Emmy Award winning creative director, writer and producer I have worked on content for brands like Disney, BravoTV, TBS, Universal, E! and MTV. But I mostly love rearranging furniture and repotting plants at home.

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