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Make your home a chic coastal oasis

Modern coastal design blends the sleek minimalism of contemporary design with a beachy, coastal feel. The result is a space filled with clean lines, dreamy colors and subtle hints of breezy, beachy surroundings. 

To get the look, start with a background of white walls, soft natural colors that mirror the sand and sky and crisp, casual fabrics like cotton and linen. Add in some natural materials, including baskets, light woods and lovely textures through rugs, accent pillows and throw blankets.

The key to a perfectly chic coastal look is mixing pieces and working off a neutral color palette. Balance is critical when it comes to coastal decor. I recommend choosing neutrals for your larger pieces and then accessorizing accordingly. Incorporate your details, then add subtle touches with smaller-scale pieces. 

Classics never go out of style

Neutral blues, greens and sandy tones are classic beach house colors while ocean scenes, sailboats, seahorses and surfboards are traditional coastal accents. As I mentioned earlier, materials like bamboo and rattan are also timeless. As with any other statement piece, you must display them strategically and artfully.

Coastal design is all about creating a calm and effortless vibe, so go back to basics and take inspiration from the outdoors.; think watercolors inspired by nature. Woven furniture made of rattan and wicker instantly makes a space feel more relaxed. Decorative accents like seagrass baskets, colored glass, layers of organic prints and patterns, washed linen throws and beautiful seashells create a relaxed vibe.

Statement seashells 

A statement piece is vital when it comes to seashells. You don’t want vases overflowing with shells in every room! Less is more, and one large statement seashell on your mantel, dining room table or bookshelf can be a great conversation piece and makes for beautiful décor.

Get nautical 

Nautical ropes are a classic coastal accent for any home, although a little bit goes a long way. One classic touch is a roped mirror or picture frame, but there are many fantastic ideas on Pinterest and elsewhere. 

Source from local artists

More homeowners are recognizing the value of surrounding themselves with authentic art. 

Original artwork purchased from a local artist not only adds beauty, originality and provenance to your space, but also supports the dreams and ambitions of people who are an integral part of your community. An acrylic painting of the surrounding landscape handmade by a longtime resident who has invested years in the local community will make your coastal home feel even more authentic.

Bohemian rhapsody 

If you have an eclectic style, incorporating a mix-and-match approach will work if you do it carefully and tastefully. Vibrant colors, mixed patterns and even flowers can look modern and fun together. Proper pairing will create a bright, happy and beachy look.

Elevate Your outdoor space

If you are blessed to have an ocean view, you don’t need much else outdoors. If you don’t have this luxury, invest in your outdoor space to take it to the next level. Think comfort, beauty, style and convenience. 

Make the most of marine fixtures and accents 

Nautical fixtures such as wall lights, rope towel holders and other conversational but functional pieces are fabulous accents in any coastal home. 

Add wood

Bamboo is beautiful and versatile — a classic coastal element that can work indoors and out. It’s smooth texture and neutral tones give it a beachy feel. Ratan is another great addition. On a ceiling, adding a wood beam, shiplap or another accent can be genuinely transformative. 

Upcycling is both practical and on-trend

From weathered-looking coastal furniture to unique wall hangings and old nautical pieces made new again, you can merge a touch of the past with a modern feel by choosing the right upcycled accents. 

A little whimsy goes a long way

Beach whimsy can come in many forms, including cute coastal signs and fun flamingo artwork; the key is not to overdo it. One statement piece in a room is enough to attract the proper attention without being too much of a distraction. Choose your whimsy carefully.

Jennifer Miller is a certified interior designer, professional home stager and the president of Jennuwine Design, Sophisticated Staging. Reach her at

Written by Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller is a certified interior designer, professional home stager and CEO of Jennuwine Design, Sophisticated Staging. Connect with her at, or (228) 285-1535.

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