Thanks goes out to the genius that is Google maps street view for allowing me to cruise up and down a scenic beach highway anytime I want.
It may not be the same as actually being there in person, but it is a fun in the sun way to satisfy your coastal curiosity.
White sandy beaches and deep blue waters bookended by amazing seaside architecture and interiors is an excellent source of inspiration and ideas for sourcing coastal home decor accents and accessories.
Another source of coastal inspiration comes from resort web and social sites.
“Palm trees and views I can’t believe
Why would I ever want to leave?”
Speaking of Jimmy Buffet, I took a gander at the room types at Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg.
The casual with an island edge decor and coastal home decor accents and accessories decorating Jimmy’s Hideaway epitomize coastal casual.
Coastal Home Decor Classics
It isn’t coastal style until there’s at least one piece of wicker or rattan present and accounted for.
My previous suggestion to check out consignment shops, estate sales, vintage sites applies to this next coastal home decor piece.
New and vintage mid-century furniture is on-trend, and this pretzel rattan chair is a wonderful example of a classic design and style befitting a coastal castle.
Very Golden Girls.
Speaking of The Golden Girls, how cute is this Golden Girls living room serving tray!
My aunt lives on the east coast of Florida, and her “Florida room” is furnished in super chic coastal accents and a fabulous suite of vintage rattan furniture she bought the first year she lived in Florida (1975).
She searched consignment shops and estate sales up and down the Florida coast for a set in good condition with a great price tag. Patience paid off, and she hit coastal home decor accents gold seven months into the hunt.
The set still makes a statement, and most certainly qualifies as an investment piece.
Pillows, Poufs, Odds and End Tables
Coastal home decor furnishings rich in sea escape colors, textures and patterns reminiscent of the coast and its landscape, skies, and waters inspire the coastal color palette, casual elegance, and seaside sophistication.
If you think about it, oceans and seas share the commonalities of form, color, layers, balance, and flow with interior design and decorating.
Texture is king in terms of layering.
Textured throw pillows top the list of simple and affordable ways to add texture, pattern, and color.
Pair a spiffy accent chair with a decorative throw pillow, ottoman, or pouf and you’ve got a coastal style winning combination.
Counter and Bar Stools
When you search and source to no avail and still come up empty handed it’s time for a creative interpretation.
The Chatelet extendable trestle dining table offers European appeal in farm to coastal detail. Hardwood solids paired with pecan, walnut and maple veneers replicate a provincial patina, making this a dining table contender for the casual yet elegant coastal dining room.
If old-world charm appeals to your decorating style, go all in with an antique English barley twist dining table.
The combination of a rich dark patina and a slipcovered, natural wicker or a rattan dining chair is striking.
White hot coastal knot.
Coastal Inspired Cocktails, Anyone?
Warm breezes, cool drinks, and crystal clear waters feed the soul and inspire the coastal home decor decorating mind.
The style is chic and the palm pattern is summer spot on.
Better Homes & Gardens Melamine Coral Reef Assorted Salad Plates, Set of 4
Cart or cabinet, try adding a table lamp, eye-catching decorative accent, or whimsical art piece.
I’m including several lamps in the lighting section of this post that I believe will handsomely accentuate a coastal themed bar top.
The seaside cocktail hour is set to coastal style for the it’s five o’clock somewhere crowd.
A decorative shell picked up from the beach or the local craft store becomes the perfect toothpick and cocktail stirrer holder.
Coastal cocktails and coastal themed parlor games make for a splendid happy hour.
Since I previously referenced Margaritaville and it’s coming up on five o’clock somewhere, let’s take a look at the recipe for Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Perfect Margarita.
2 ounces gold tequila (Cuervo 1800)
½ ounce tequila (Cuervo white)
½ ounce triple sec (Bols)
1 splash orange Curacao (Bols)
1 ¼ ounces Rose’s Lime Juice
Juice of 3 lime wedges
Fill a shaker with ice and add everything but the lime wedges.
Squeeze in the juice from 2 of the lime wedges and shake very well until beads form on the outside of the shaker.
Rim only the outside edge of the margarita glass with lime and twist it around in a saucer of coarse salt (see my page on how to rim a cocktail glass).
Fill the glass about halfway with crushed ice and strain the mixture into it.
Squeeze the last lime wedge on top and drop it in.
Rattan and wicker pendant lights fall under the category of classic coastal home decor lighting choices done right.
Materials and form is present and accounted for in the driftwood, rice paper and reed sconces.
So sea chic!
Sea air is warm air.
Move it around comfortably and in high coastal style with a ceiling fan(s).
Coastal Style Accents
An entryway bench is a perfect piece to decorate with textured throw pillows.
Add a bamboo, rattan, or wicker basket(s) underneath for style and storage.
She, he, we decorate(s) with seashells found on the seashore or the local craft and hobby store.
Seashells typify coastal areas, and a striking display of gathered shells from the shore or from the shelf housed in a decorative bowl or urn planter in coastal home decor fashion draws the eye.
Classic coastal style is here to stay.
It transcends a passing trend and consistently ranks as one of the most popular interior design styles.
Tasteful and timeless coastal home decor accents and accessories accentuate the casual, comfortable, fun, elegance, and seaside sophistication associated with classic coastal style.