Coastal Decor the Classic Coastal Way

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Coastal Vibes: Incorporating Seaside Accents

One of the most frustrating things about coastal decor is how it’s so vastly associated with a too-themed and often tacky approach. Mermaid scales, fishing nets, ropes everywhere, way too many shells, anchors, and helm prints as if you’re inside a Disney movie set.

But Classic Coastal is an elegant, timeless, and clean home style.

Though incorporating coastal elements into your decor can create a space that reflects the allure of the seaside, there’s a way to do it with balance and style.

In this article we will explore creative and tasteful ways to incorporate coastal vibes into your classic coastal decor. From colors to marine-inspired decor pieces, get ready to transform your home into a classy seaside haven.

1. Embrace Coastal Colors

One of the easiest ways to introduce coastal vibes into your home decor is by embracing coastal colors.

Think soothing shades of blue, crisp whites, and sandy neutrals. These colors evoke the calming presence of the ocean and create a serene atmosphere in your home.

You can add light blue for a serene coastal vibe or navy ashy dark blue to achieve a traditional look, like the Hamptons style.

2. Marine-Inspired Decor Pieces

To infuse your decor with coastal vibes, incorporate marine-inspired decor pieces.

The key is to never use too many coastal theme decor pieces in the same room and to make sure they are well spread, not too close to each other. We don’t need to scream “coastal”, we’re just adding a touch of the sea into the decor. One or two coastal decor pieces in each area of the room are enough.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Seashells and Starfish:

Display seashells and starfish in glass jars or bowls as elegant tabletop accents. Arrange them on shelves or mantels for a touch of seaside charm. Coral is also an option, or some sea life sculpture. Make sure to spread them around the home with balance. Not too much of the same, unless you have a bookshelf to display the decor.

ALIWINER Seashell Bowl


Nautical Crush Trading (Faux Coral)

Rope Details:

Integrate rope details into your decor to add a coastal touch, like in a wall hanging frame, or around a glass jar. Don’t overdo it. If you have a frame hanging with rope, you can add a jar decorated with rope in a place far from that wall. It will pull the look to another area of the room, without overdoing it.


Alpha Living

Nagina International

Coastal Artwork:

Hang marine-themed artwork on your walls to instantly transport your space to the coast.

Look for paintings or prints or use your own photos featuring sailboats, beach scenes and marine life. Make sure the colors of those pictures fit the color palette of your home.

These pieces can serve as focal points and contribute to the overall nautical ambiance.

Nautical Decor

Incorporate nautical elements sparsely for a maritime flair. Sailboat models, ship wheels, anchors, decorative compasses. These iconic symbols of the sea can be displayed in frames, shelves or as coffee table, console or dresser‘s decor.

Creative Co-op

Falcon Traders

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3. Seaside-Inspired Fabrics and Textures

To further enhance the coastal vibes in your home, choose fabrics and textures that evoke the seaside:

Striped Fabrics:

Embrace the timeless appeal of striped fabrics. Opt for navy and white or blue and white stripes on upholstery, throw pillows, chair pads or roman blinds. Stripes add a classic coastal touch and bring a sense of casual sophistication to your space.


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Linen and Woven Textures:

Incorporate linen and woven textures for a relaxed and beachy feel. Choose linen upholstery for your furniture pieces or add woven baskets, rugs, or natural fiber lampshades to infuse your space with texture and depth.


Consider using sailcloth for upholstery or decorative accents. Sailcloth fabric is durable, textured, and often features a light, creamy color. Its association with sailing and the sea makes it a perfect addition to your coastal decor.

4. Coastal-Inspired Lighting

Don’t overlook the impact that lighting can have on your coastal decor. Opt for coastal-inspired lighting fixtures to enhance the seaside ambiance:

Pendant Lights:

Install pendant lights above your kitchen island or dining table. The rope texture adds a coastal touch, while the warm light creates a cozy atmosphere reminiscent of beachside cafes.



Seasie Village


Place a lantern or a glass jar with candles on the coffee table. Put the candles over a layer of sand or white beach pebbles. You can use LED candles instead, but scented candles that evoke the smell of the beach it’s an extra touch.

Kate Aspen (LED)

LilaCraft (Set 2)

Royal Imports

Weathered Metal Fixtures:

Choose weathered metal light fixtures, such as bronze or brushed nickel, to add a touch of maritime elegance.


LilaCraft (Set 2)

360 Lighting

Putting it All Together

Incorporating nautical vibes into your Hamptons decor allows you to create a breezy and inviting space that captures the essence of coastal living. From embracing coastal colors to incorporating marine-inspired decor pieces, there are numerous ways to infuse your home with seaside accents. Remember to choose fabrics and textures that evoke the beach, and consider nautical-inspired lighting fixtures to complete the coastal ambiance. By incorporating these elements, you can transform your home into a seaside haven where relaxation and timeless elegance coexist.

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