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Creating a Coastal Look Without Going Overboard

With many of my clients located in Maryland I find that I get a lot of requests for a coastal theme. Whether the home is waterfront and we are bringing in the blue hues of the water or landlocked but the passion for the beach is real there are ways you can bring together a great Coastal vibe without going overboard. While you get a little chuckle over that bad pun, check out these ideas I pulled together for creating this look without going too crazy:

  1. Color Pallet – You can easily pull off the coastal feel with color alone. I love a deep blue wall and some of my go-to blues are: SW Rainstorm (used in the Show House a few posts back), SW Naval, and SW Dark Night. I’ve noticed a trend towards white walls to give you a bright space. Some of my favorite whites are: SW Snowbound (my all time fav), BM Dove White (a creamy white), and BM White Heron. White walls gives you lots of room for play with dark muted artwork, and just about any wood tone would work with it for flooring. Other colors that can be brought in through accent pieces would be sandy beige, coral, soft blues, and teals.

  2. Casual Textures – Nothing says beach day like relaxing on the soft warm sand with a terrycloth towel and a great book. The same can be said for the inside of your home. Pull in different textures to bring together that casual feel with sisal rugs, banana leaf furniture, and cozy throw blankets and pillows. Here are some of my favorite ways to bring in the beach vibe:


Art – I source a lot of prints from Minted. Its a great spot to connect with artists and images that might not be available to you in your hometown. They offer a wide variety of prints (over 2,500!) including some limited edition options. Their search features allow you to narrow your search down very easily so you can find that perfect image. Some of my favorite coastal prints are:















All of these prints here are shown in this post in a white frame, however, Minted offers lots of choices including canvas, print sizes, framing options, matting & borders, and in some cases, signature by the artist. The champagne frame option is one of my favorites. It will work in the room whether you have silver or gold accents.

Hint – if you source some art from Minted, post a picture to instagram and tag the artist. They love to see their work hanging in it’s new home.


With these three suggestions you will be on your way to a cozy comfortable coastal vibe whether you are landlocked or overlooking your favorite body of water.


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