Are you a fan of coastal style? Coastal has always been one of the most favored styles of decorating because it has such a warm, relaxing, friendly vibe. It conjures up a fun summer day at the beach, with abundant sunshine, and cool ocean waves. There are different types of coastal style such as tropical coastal and Mediterranean coastal, but American coastal style is probably the most popular. That’s the one I’m going to be focusing on today as part of my continuing series on defining the various decorating styles. I promise to cover the others in a future post.
American coastal style originated on the beaches of America’s Atlantic coast, but can now be seen almost anywhere and reaches far inland. It mixes classic design with a casual, relaxed feel. Over the years, it has grown in popularity so much so that it has created spin-offs such as cottage coastal, contemporary coastal, and modern coastal, to name a few. However, they are all considered part of American coastal style.
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.
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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
2 Woods can be distressed, weathered, or left natural. Cerused oak and white washed wood work wonderfully. The whole idea is to keep things light and airy.
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.
4 Window treatments should allow in as much light as possible and help give the space a relaxed, open feel. Lightweight, flowing panels let the light in, but also offer privacy without weighing down the windows. Natural fiber blinds are also a great option and look fabulous when layered behind sheer panels.
5 Keep the floors easy-care by using tile or wood. Keep them bare or layer them with natural fiber rugs.
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.
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.
Shop the Look
Of all the decorating styles, American coastal style is one of the most popular. It’s classic in nature, but warm and inviting like a day at the beach. Does this style inspire you?
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