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How to Decorate Coastal Chic The Right Way

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So you love Cocal Chic! Here’s everything you need to know about Coastal Chic style and how to achieve this beautiful look.

What is Coastal Chic Design

Your home is an interpretation of the beach itself and has an open, airy feel. The vibe is relaxed and casual where elements of the sand, sky, and surf all collide in a beautifully neutral palette with punctuations of blue.

Just to be clear, Coastal Chic is a decorating style, which is quite different than a Nautical theme, although the two are often confused. It is an interpretation of the coast, not a literal translation.

I’ve written all about the difference between a style and a theme in this helpful article!

Coastal Chic Color Palette

Neutrals are the foundation of Coastal Chic design. White, beige, cream are all staples in Coastal furnishings. Pops of color reminiscent of the surf and sky include shades of blue (including navy) and green. You’ll find a bit of yellow in Coastal as well, but it’s very muted.

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Coastal Textiles

Textiles in Coastal Chic design tend to be lightweight, relaxed, and comfortable. You won’t see luxe fabrics that require dry-cleaning in a Coastal Chic room! Instead, everything should be practical and approachable. Basics include cotton, linen, sisal, rattan, and wood. While you won’t find exotic prints, classics still have a place in Coastal Chic, especially stripes, which are reminiscent of nautical (be careful not to use them in a way that is reminiscent of a themed room!)

Key Characteristics of Coastal Chic

  • Neutral, natural furnishings
  • Casual, lightweight fabrics like cotton and linen
  • Pops of blue or green in accent pieces
  • Light wood reminiscent of driftwood
  • Sisal or gray-washed wood flooring
  • Beaded chandeliers
  • Natural decor like seashells, driftwood, and flowers

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Looking for a little extra guidance? Check out these resources…

1. Read this article where I list out my BEST decorating advice no matter your style.

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Not sure if Coastal Chic is right for you? Take the Design Style quiz!

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the quiz! I’m delighted to find that I’m “Coastal Chic”.

    1. I’m so glad you liked it, Jo! I can totally see you as Coastal Chic. I remember the good ol’ days when you made websites for me! Now I’m over here sweating bullets trying to figure out how to customize a new theme. Lol!

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