Decorating Styles: American Coastal Style

What decorating style reminds you of the beach? American coastal style is one of the most popular decorating styles. It originated on the beaches of America’s Atlantic coast, but can now be seen almost anywhere. It mixes classic design with a casual and relaxed feel.  Last month I featured some beautiful coastal style rooms. Today I have seven decorator tips for you on how to put together this look. If you’re wanting to bring a touch of the beach to your home, these tips will help you to create this laid-back style.

Decorating Styles: American Coastal Style

1 The most important aspect of American coastal style is incorporating natural elements with lots of texture.

  • Natural fiber rugs like jute and sisal
  • Woven fabrics such as linen and cotton
  • Grasscloth wallcoverings
  • Furniture made out of teak, bamboo, wicker or seagrass

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2Natural woods can be distressed or weathered. Cerused oak and white washed wood work wonderfully. The whole idea is to keep things light and airy.

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3 White is the predominant color along with the softer colors of the sand, sea and sky. If not left natural, furniture is usually painted white.

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4 Window treatments should allow in as much light as possible and help give the space a relaxed open feel. Lightweight panels layered over natural fiber blinds let the light in, but also offer privacy without weighing down the windows.

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5 Keep the floors easy-care by using tile or wood. Then layer it with your natural fiber rugs.

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6 White slipcovers promote the casual atmosphere and are very family-friendly. Because they are so easy to care for, they are a favorite choice for beach and vacation homes.

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7 Add some accessories that are beach inspired or nautical in nature, but don’t overdo it. You want it to casually recall the feeling of the beach or time on a boat at sea.

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Of all the decorating styles, American coastal style is one of the most favored. It’s classic in nature, but warm and inviting like a day at the beach.  Does this style inspire you?

Peggy

Images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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  1. 1

    says

    I adore this style!! I love the distressed buffet in the second picture, the pretty dining set and awesome view in the third(I think I pinned that but can’t remember), the blue and brown color combo in the fourth (the drapes are great) and the relaxed vibe in the last photo.

    Truly, they are all so well done. Now I just need to win the lotto so I can get that beach house. :/

    • 2

      Peggy Pardo says

      You are definitely going to need another house, Doreen! Love your comments; thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • 4

      Peggy Pardo says

      You’re very welcome, Sandra. Happy that you’re finding lots of inspiration here! 🙂

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    Shari says

    I adore this style and I am attempting to bring it into my landlocked Midwestern home (I just moved). My main issue is that much of my existing furniture is the ubiquitous expresso brown. Short of painting everything white, I’m struggling to incorporate the darker woods. Also, while I live the sisal rugs and wicker furniture, I’m worried that they won’t hold up to kids and dogs in the main living areas because they can’t be cleaned. I’d appreciate your thoughts. Love vignette $4 the best!

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      Peggy Pardo says

      You don’t have to paint everything white; you could do a couple of pieces and mix them in with your darker wood pieces. Using white or light color slipcovers will really help to set the mood. And they’re washable! Then add some coastal inspired accents and lamps. As for sisal rugs, they are very family-friendly and stand-up to a lot of wear. Here’s an article I found on cleaning sisal rugs: http://www.sisalrugs.com/blog/how-to-clean-sisal-rugs/ Hope these tips help, Shari! 🙂

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    Marie Gennaro says

    Daughter moved out leaving a big master room and master bath. I’ve thought for a couple months on how to decorate it. My FEEL was that of a beach cottage. I had not read up on it. I remember Virginia beaches & Carolina beaches. THAT was the feel I wanted. Natural elements. No hockey pokey deco. Just natural rocks, drift wood, shells, flowers. White, beige, weathered blue, green, aqua. No pretense or formality . I never knew this was a favored style, I only knew it was MY favored style. Your article backed everything I was feeling. Good article.

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      says

      Hi Ann! That is a fabulous bed. Unfortunately the source didn’t list any shopping information. Here is a similar bed that is available in different finishes here. 🙂