Coastal Dining Room Ideas

Coastal dining room ideas and inspo.

Are you designing a coastal dining room and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Afloral + Grounded in Neutral designed by Chelsea Alysa
Afloral + Grounded in NeutralDesigned by Chelsea Alysa
#SpoakDesignChallenge - Afloral designed by Tommi Cullen
#SpoakDesignChallenge - AfloralDesigned by Tommi Cullen
Outdoor Space designed by Danielle Hughes
Outdoor SpaceDesigned by Danielle Hughes
Year & Day designed by Lorie Elrod
Year & DayDesigned by Lorie Elrod
Dining Room designed by Showplace Design
Dining RoomDesigned by Showplace Design
Living Room C designed by Jamie Stellato
Living Room CDesigned by Jamie Stellato
Serena & Lily  Summer Fete designed by William PINX
Serena & Lily  Summer FeteDesigned by William PINX
Dining room designed by Samantha Rice
Dining roomDesigned by Samantha Rice
Dining Room designed by Erika Sege
Dining RoomDesigned by Erika Sege
Tables designed by EMILY LUNN
TablesDesigned by EMILY LUNN
Dining Room designed by Meghan Knight
Dining RoomDesigned by Meghan Knight
Coastal Living Room designed by Claire M
Coastal Living RoomDesigned by Claire M
Dining Room designed by Ana Prieto
Dining RoomDesigned by Ana Prieto
Dining Room (copy) designed by Alex McBride
Dining Room (copy)Designed by Alex McBride
Dining Room designed by Showplace Design
Dining RoomDesigned by Showplace Design
Neighbor Outdoor Space designed by Kathryn Arms
Neighbor Outdoor SpaceDesigned by Kathryn Arms
Dining Room designed by Janae Sullivan
Dining RoomDesigned by Janae Sullivan
Summer Tablescape designed by April Gargano
Summer TablescapeDesigned by April Gargano
Summer Bliss designed by emily costa
Summer BlissDesigned by emily costa
Layered Fall Meeting Room designed by Ellie Wong
Layered Fall Meeting RoomDesigned by Ellie Wong
Cool Classic designed by Stacy Ward
Cool ClassicDesigned by Stacy Ward
Kitchen Nook designed by Yamel Arvelo Disla
Kitchen NookDesigned by Yamel Arvelo Disla
Dining Room designed by Hannah McKernan
Dining RoomDesigned by Hannah McKernan
Dining Room - Alternate designed by Anne Catlin
Dining Room - AlternateDesigned by Anne Catlin

Design tips for decorating a coastal style dining room

Here’s how to achieve the coastal aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a coastal dining room?

Creating a dining room that serves as a welcoming hub for meals, gatherings, and memorable conversations begins with thoughtful planning. The arrangement of furniture not only influences the room's aesthetic appeal but also its practicality and comfort. By employing a strategic approach to your dining room design, you can achieve a space that harmonizes form and function, making every meal an experience to cherish.

Whether you're in the process of a dining room remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the dining room and complements the coastal style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Dining Table & Chairs: The heart of the dining room, your table should be chosen with care, considering its shape, size, and placement. This piece sets the tone for the room's overall design and functionality, acting as the anchor for all other elements. Pro tip: Divide your table’s outside dimensions by 24 inches to find out how many people you can seat comfortably. Complementing your table, the chairs should offer comfort and style.
  • Storage Furniture: Practical yet stylish storage solutions like buffets, sideboards, and credenzas are key to a clutter-free dining area. They provide essential storage and a space for serving dishes. Position these pieces to maintain a clear pathway around the table, ideally 3-4 feet from the table’s edge.
  • Area Rug: Love them or hate them, rugs in the dining room are a hot topic. A well-chosen rug can define the dining space and add a layer of warmth and texture. If you opt for a rug, ensure it extends at least 24 inches beyond the table on all sides, allowing chairs to remain on the rug even when pulled out.
  • Decorative Lighting: Central lighting, such as a chandelier or pendant, should be positioned directly above the table to illuminate the area evenly and serve as a visual centerpiece. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the dining room. Don’t forget the curtain rod!

Get creative and have fun with your coastal dining room makeover! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Room.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a coastal dining room design?

Coastal interior design captures the essence of breezy beach living through its use of light, airy color palettes, natural textures, and nautical motifs. This design approach leans heavily on cool colors (particularly shades of blue and white), and warm, sandy neutrals to mirror the colors of the sea, sky, and beach. Coastal interior design comes in many forms, from lavish beach house living in the Hamptoms and condos in Florida to rustic cottages in Martha’s Vineyard and modern seaside California-cool villas on the west coast.

Common coastal decor elements include weathered wood furniture, reflecting the driftwood found along shorelines, fabrics such as linen and cotton take notes from cloudy skies and allow for relaxed, easy living, and materials like jute, wicker, and rattan represent the sandy environment. Shiplap is a popular choice for walls in coastal spaces. Light blue and white tile is common to use in bathrooms or kitchens for a coastal vibe.

When decorating a coastal-inspired beach dining room, you’ll want to keep things bright, airy, and sophisticated. Unless you are specifically going for a theme park nautical adventure room, steer clear of artwork featuring anchors and navy stripes. Instead, opt for an abstract piece that mimics the waves in the ocean. Beachy accents like seashells, coral, and maritime-inspired pieces, such as lanterns and ropes in a chandelier, reinforce the connection to the coastal environment without being corny. Incorporating large windows and ample natural light further blurs the lines between indoors and out, creating a seamless, tranquil retreat that embodies the serene and laid-back lifestyle of coastal regions.

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