Five Coastal Home Decor Styles

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Coastal is one of the hottest decor trends. Within that style there are five distinct categories: Farmhouse, Traditional, Cottage, Tropical, and Modern. While there may be some blending of styles, coastal home decor that adheres to one or two styles is the most effective. Lets look at each style.


Farmhouse Coastal makes use of lots of light colored wood. White shiplap is often used on walls. Wood planks are also used to cover ceilings. Dark wrought iron is common in shelving or accent tables. Accessories are often made of distressed wood or galvanized tin.


Traditional Coastal has probably been around the longest. Blue and white is a popular color combination, as is blue, white and yellow. Furniture leans toward traditional and accessories are often nautical in theme.


Think beach cottage. Cottage Coastal homes are often filled with whites, creams, and tans. They can also be the most colorful of all coastal homes with coral, turquoise, or blue accents. Of all coastal styles, Cottage homes are often the most quaint with beach-themed wooden decor accessories.


Palm fronds, dark woods, and colorful tropical flowers are the mainstays of tropical coastal decor. Dark green is a common accent color and accessories are often made of bamboo or rattan.


Coastal Modern, like most coastal styles, makes use of a lot of white. Cabinet hardware, doorknobs, and lighting are often brushed nickel. Lamps and ceiling fans lean toward sleek and modern.

Most of all, Coastal Home Decor stresses comfort. Whether you create a cool modern home or a quaint cottage, comfort is part of coastal charm. Cozy living room furniture and sumptuous bedding are must haves, especially if you anticipate guests. And if you live in a coastal home anywhere near an ocean, you can surely anticipate guests!

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