So your favourite interior style is coastal (aren’t sure what your style is? Take our free quiz here!). Or, maybe you’re just longing for a summer holiday and want those relaxed, beachy vibes year round. Whatever the reason, we’ve got you covered with our guide to achieving that dreamy, coastal interior style.

There’s so much to love about coastal interiors — soft whites, relaxed furniture, timber accents and natural fibers. So let’s just dive straight in, shall we?!

Related article: The Jetty House: Beachy vibes and breathtaking views
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Coastal living room
It doesn’t get much more coastal than this! Image via Minted Interiors

So… what IS coastal interior style?

The coastal interior style is, as the name suggests, heavily influenced by the beach and ocean.

Shades of blue and green inspired by the water, from washed-out ‘Seafoam’ to deep ‘Ocean blue’, appear against a crisp backdrop of whites and neutrals.

Furniture is usually always made from natural materials, such as light oak timbers, rattan and even driftwood.

Furnishings, such as curtains, are relaxed — white textured curtains in an S fold suit this style to a T. Carpets have a touch of rawness about them, such as loop pile wool carpet or even jute.

Oversized pendant lights (usually in rattan), pops of greenery and decor pieces like coral and raffia finish the look.

So to get that relaxed, summer vibe year-round at your place, here are our top tips for creating a coastal interior style.

Shop the look: Coastal furniture

Rattan arch shelf
Rattan arch shelf
Faux leather draw pulls
Faux leather draw pulls
Rattan coffee table
Rattan coffee table
Rattan armchair
Rattan armchair
Wooden and rattan bar stool
Wooden and rattan bar stool
Rattan bar stool
Rattan bar stool
Dining chair
Dining chair
Hanging chair
Hanging chair
Timber buffet
Timber buffet
White coffee table
White coffee table
Rattan chair
Rattan chair
Wooden bar stool
Wooden bar stool
Rattan armchair
Rattan armchair
Teak buffet
Teak buffet
Armchair
Armchair
Dining chair
Dining chair
Day bed
Day bed
Hanging chair
Hanging chair
Rattan sofa
Rattan sofa
Entertainment unit
Entertainment unit
Teak bench seat
Teak bench seat
Cane lounge in neutral bedroom
For a home featuring all things coastal luxe, check this home tour here.

Let there be light

Probably the most common theme across coastal interiors is light. To achieve a greater sense of light in your home, a simple fix is through white paint. White walls reflect light and immediately give the illusion of larger and brighter spaces, which is great if you’re working with a smaller space.

Take a look at your window coverings — do they fit the coastal style? As we mentioned above, curtains in a light neutral colour or even plantation shutters look great in coastal interiors. Updating them can be a great way to bring in more light and further enhance your space. Need help deciding which is best? Have a read of this useful article.

Starting with a bright, crisp base like this will see you well on your way to creating the coastal look you’re after.

Kitchen
White walls, light wood flooring, rattan doors, timber accents… hello coastal inspo! Check out the full home tour here.
The Jetty House_living
For more coastal interior style inspo, check out The Jetty House home tour.

Add in timber accents

Blonde timber flooring is the perfect addition to your home if you’re after that coastal look. However, if new flooring isn’t an option, there are other ways you can inject pops of timber in your home.

Go for light timber, bamboo or textured finishes on your furniture such as your dining table or chairs. Think bar stools to soften your kitchen space, or perhaps a timber bedhead in the bedroom to achieve that beachy look.

We love using timber for feature shelving in the kitchen, lounge or any room of the house, really.

Dining
Kyal and Kara keep it coastal with white walls, mixed woven chairs and floor to ceiling sheers. Full home tour here.
Bench seat dining table
Bench seat mixed with dining chair | Image via My Domaine

Relax your furniture style

The great thing about coastal style is its versatility. There are no hard and fast rules so you really can mix things up. Literally!

A common theme in coastal homes is the relaxed and mismatched style of furniture. In the dining room, try a bench seat on one side, and timber chairs on the other. Upcycling furniture, such as with white chalk paint, can see a dated piece of furniture instantly fit your new coastal style.

Go for furniture pieces with a touch of rattan or the woven-look. We love sideboards with rattan doors or beautiful woven stools. Bench seats, console tables or side tables look great in distressed or weather timber and will enhance the coastal theme.

Bedroom with green bedding and basket light
Coastal bedroom vibes from Cottage by the Coast
LibertyInteriors_MtMartha_blue tiled splashback kitchen
Coastal touches found throughout this kitchen as seen in this home tour here.

Pop in a pendant light

If we could only choose one item that screams coastal, it would have to be a basket pendant light. Perfect in any space, you can go big, or keep it subtle. We adore a basket pendant light in the kitchen or as a feature in the dining room.

Use a stand alone lamp if you’re unable to swap out your main lights or you could even use them in the bedroom on your bedside table for a subtle (and significantly cheaper) nod to the coastal theme.

Shop the look: Coastal lighting

Black rattan pendant
Black rattan pendant
Tall pendant
Tall pendant
Amalfi pendant
Amalfi pendant
Rattan pendant
Rattan pendant
Luna pendant
Luna pendant
Rattan floor lamp
Rattan floor lamp
Wooden floor lamp
Wooden floor lamp
Black pendant light
Black pendant light
Bell basket pendant
Bell basket pendant
Table lamp
Table lamp
Two tier table lamp
Two tier table lamp
Woven table lamp
Woven table lamp
Natural floor lamp
Natural floor lamp
Rattan pendant
Rattan pendant
Wooden lantern
Wooden lantern
Wicker dome pendant light
Wicker dome pendant light
Anna Moore coastal luxe bathrrom
Mixing white with dark, a basket pendant… this luxe bathroom ticks all the coastal boxes. Check out the full room tour here.

Keep it soft — or go bold!

Ok, so we know we said use white paint before but this doesn’t mean everything has to be white! In one of of our fave ever bathroom reno stories, Anna from Moore Creative proves dark and coastal make the perfect pair.

By adding a deep blue accent wall and keeping the rest of the room restrained, she created the ultimate coastal bathroom pictured above.

Decor delights

If you can’t commit to the big ticket items to get the coastal look at your place, do it through decor and furnishings. There’s no doubt this is our favourite way to change up the style of a room and it’s super easy to do.

Embrace natural materials

For that true coastal feel, we love decor made from natural materials. Jute, linen, cotton, bamboo, timber, concrete, leather, seagrass, rattan, straw… there are so many choices on the market now!

Shop the look: Coastal decor

Icebergs ceramic bowl
Icebergs ceramic bowl
Seagrass and rattan tray
Seagrass and rattan tray
Seagrass hanging planter
Seagrass hanging planter
Oyster shells
Oyster shells
Loop cushion
Loop cushion
Jute rug
Jute rug
Round jute rug
Round jute rug
Rope rainbow – large
Rope rainbow – large
Rattan pot plant
Rattan pot plant
Woven basket
Woven basket
Seagrass basket x3
Seagrass basket x3
Linen cushion
Linen cushion
Bronze oyster ornament
Bronze oyster ornament
Plant stand
Plant stand
White pot
White pot
Grey cushion
Grey cushion
Jute runner rug
Jute runner rug
Bolga basket
Bolga basket
Shell jars
Shell jars
Fringed cushion
Fringed cushion
Leather cushion
Leather cushion
Coral accessory
Coral accessory
Jute rug
Jute rug
Villa Styling_guest bedroom featuring beaded light
Relaxed coastal bedroom vibes from Villa Styling. View the home tour here

Bedroom

Linen bedding in white, light greys or perhaps a subtle colour of your choice is an ideal way to add an element of soft luxe in the bedroom. We adore cool blues, minty greens, neutral wheat and of course, crisp white.

For a real showstopper, add a rattan or woven bedhead to create your own coastal haven.

Shop the look: Coastal bedroom

100% Belgian linen quilt cover
100% Belgian linen quilt cover
Jute baskets
Jute baskets
Robe
Robe
Bedside table
Bedside table
Rattan bed head
Rattan bed head
Bamboo cotton sheet set
Bamboo cotton sheet set
Small jute rug
Small jute rug
Pink linen blend cushion
Pink linen blend cushion
Wooden ladder
Wooden ladder
Custom made bedhead
Custom made bedhead
Round outdoor cushion
Round outdoor cushion
French linen sheets
French linen sheets
Cane bedhead
Cane bedhead
Linen bedding
Linen bedding
Rattan bedhead
Rattan bedhead
Side table
Side table

Cushions

Of course, we can’t go past cushions as a simple and effective decor piece. Pick up cushions in natural fibres, such as raw linen or those with a textured detail, and keep to your colour palette for a more cohesive, clean aesthetic.

Accent cushions in brown leather or jute are also a great choice. And don’t think that because you’re going coastal you can’t go for colour. Pops of your fave colour showcase your style better than anything!

White loungeroom
White on white lounge for those coastal vibes | Image via Interiors online

Lounge

A white lounge is a fab way of keeping your space feeling bright and clean. If keeping it clean is an issue (kids… pets… life!) but you’re totally set on white, opt for a lounge with washable cushion covers, or add a white slip you can easy pop in the wash when needed.

If you’re chasing a feature chair, go for one with rattan detailing or a brown leather sling chair to add a touch of coastal chic to your space.

For your coffee table, add a woven tray alongside some faux coral, chunky beaded tassel, or shell decor pieces.

Faux leather draw pulls
Draw pulls can instantly update a piece of furniture. Shop these via Etsy

Drawers

You can completely transform an old piece of furniture simply by changing out the drawer pulls. We love natural wood, rattan (you can see a theme forming, no?!) or perhaps soft tan leather pulls. So many gorgeous options!

If you’re keen for a bit more DIY, check out the ah-MAZING rattan chest of drawers makeover in our IKEA hacks article here.

Hallway styling
Coastal decor vibes from Coastal Living Sorrento

Walls

For your walls, think beachy artworks or canvas prints. There are so many gorgeous places to buy artwork online, you’re spoilt for choice no matter what your budget.

If you’re after something a little different but still within the coastal theme, look out for woven wall hangings, tribal shell necklaces or simply use a hat or straw bag.

Shop the look: Coastal wall art

Straw bag
Straw bag
Fedora
Fedora
Palm Springs print
Palm Springs print
Wall hanging
Wall hanging
Coral artwork
Coral artwork
Banana leaf print
Banana leaf print
Cuttlefish wall hanging
Cuttlefish wall hanging
Tree decor
Tree decor
Shell and bead tassel
Shell and bead tassel
Leather loop hangers
Leather loop hangers
Beaded tribal wall art
Beaded tribal wall art
Beach artwork
Beach artwork
Seagrass bowl
Seagrass bowl
Wall hanging
Wall hanging
Coastal artwork
Coastal artwork
Beaded tassel
Beaded tassel
Bamboo round mirror
Bamboo round mirror

Floors

A rug is always a good idea. Jute or rugs with a similar colour and texture are a lovely way to bring interest into the room. Remember, if in doubt, go big! Check out our rug dos and don’ts article here.

Coastal laundry green doors
Coastal laundry vibes by Hutchinson House

Add greenery

Adding plants to any room doesn’t make a room specifically ‘coastal’, but it’s still essential in our minds! Plants are the perfect way to soften a space, add some colour and a point of interest.

You can never have enough plants, but if taking care of them is an issue, check out this helpful article here! Then, you can play around with pots and hangers to match your decor. For a more coastal touch, we love woven baskets, hanging planters and pots in simple white or concrete.

If plants just really aren’t your thing, a touch of greenery through flowers or stems of foliage will do the trick just fine, too.

We hope you’ve found our guide to coastal interior style helpful and you’ve got a little inspo. Which was fave decor, furniture or lighting piece? Or, if coastal isn’t your vibe and you’d like us to explore other styles, we’d love to hear from you! Tell us in the comment section below.

More styling tips here

Coastal entrance with round rug and basket lights
Coastal vibes right from the get go in this home via Homes to Love
Outdoor shower
Breeze blocks give this home a touch of coastal. See the full home tour here.

Shop the look: Coastal decor

Icebergs ceramic bowl
Icebergs ceramic bowl
Seagrass and rattan tray
Seagrass and rattan tray
Seagrass hanging planter
Seagrass hanging planter
Oyster shells
Oyster shells
Loop cushion
Loop cushion
Jute rug
Jute rug
Round jute rug
Round jute rug
Rope rainbow – large
Rope rainbow – large
Rattan pot plant
Rattan pot plant
Woven basket
Woven basket
Seagrass basket x3
Seagrass basket x3
Linen cushion
Linen cushion
Bronze oyster ornament
Bronze oyster ornament
Plant stand
Plant stand
White pot
White pot
Grey cushion
Grey cushion
Jute runner rug
Jute runner rug
Bolga basket
Bolga basket
Shell jars
Shell jars
Fringed cushion
Fringed cushion
Leather cushion
Leather cushion
Coral accessory
Coral accessory
Jute rug
Jute rug

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