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Are you designing a coastal living 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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Untitled designed by natalia espinoza
UntitledDesigned by natalia espinoza
McGee & Co. Design designed by Kristi Kautz
McGee & Co. DesignDesigned by Kristi Kautz
Serena & Lily designed by Spoak
Serena & LilyDesigned by Spoak
Beach Bungalow designed by Doctor Designs
Beach BungalowDesigned by Doctor Designs
Coastal Retreat Moodboard designed by Paisley Zeledon Dabao
Coastal Retreat MoodboardDesigned by Paisley Zeledon Dabao
mitzi x megan challenge designed by Bridget Nelson
mitzi x megan challengeDesigned by Bridget Nelson
Homebody Design Challenge designed by Hayley Andreesen
Homebody Design ChallengeDesigned by Hayley Andreesen
Homebody Design Challenge designed by Juliana Allen Mackin
Homebody Design ChallengeDesigned by Juliana Allen Mackin
McGee & Co - Relaxed Beach House designed by Laura Urban
McGee & Co - Relaxed Beach HouseDesigned by Laura Urban
Mitzi x Tali Roth Design Challenge designed by Selena Wyant
Mitzi x Tali Roth Design ChallengeDesigned by Selena Wyant
Coastal design designed by Amruta Tummala
Coastal designDesigned by Amruta Tummala
Serene & Lily Design- Ocean Front Living Room designed by Deandra Cadet
Serene & Lily Design- Ocean Front Living RoomDesigned by Deandra Cadet
Playroom designed by Theresa Heron
PlayroomDesigned by Theresa Heron
LIVING ROOM designed by Maggie Misner
LIVING ROOMDesigned by Maggie Misner
Scandi-Inspired Home designed by Samantha Rice
Scandi-Inspired HomeDesigned by Samantha Rice
Living Room Thingology designed by Samantha Rice
Living Room ThingologyDesigned by Samantha Rice
Blue Vibes designed by Julie Rougeon
Blue VibesDesigned by Julie Rougeon
McGee & Co Space designed by Kate Francis
McGee & Co SpaceDesigned by Kate Francis
Beach Bungalow designed by Chelsea Spinos
Beach BungalowDesigned by Chelsea Spinos
bubble room designed by Caroline B. Scott
bubble roomDesigned by Caroline B. Scott
Barbie house designed by Fraceska Schofield
Barbie houseDesigned by Fraceska Schofield
Mitzi x Megan | Modern Coastal Living Room designed by Hannah Healy
Mitzi x Megan | Modern Coastal Living RoomDesigned by Hannah Healy
Coastal Retreat designed by Paisley Zeledon Dabao
Coastal RetreatDesigned by Paisley Zeledon Dabao
Coastal CT Living Room designed by Claire M
Coastal CT Living RoomDesigned by Claire M

Design tips for decorating a coastal style living room

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

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

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. But if you ask us, the living room gives it a run for its money since it’s likely the most used room in your house. From entertaining guests to lounging around reading a book to watching way too much TV (no judgment here), your main living space has to be both comfortable and functional. Open-concept living spaces may also include an eating area or a full dining room for easy living.

Whether you're in the process of a living 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 living 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.
  • Sofa, Couch, or Sectional: A staple of any living room, the sofa or couch provides a comfortable seating option for relaxation and socializing. The sofa should be the functional focal point of the room. When creating the furniture plan for your living room, start with the sofa as the largest piece of furniture and plan the rest of the room around it. If you have a small living room, you may want to select a sofa with a shallower depth or a L-shaped sectional to maximize your seating space. If you have a large living room, you may want to consider multiple couches to take advantage of your space.
  • Armchairs: These individual accent chairs offer additional seating and can be placed strategically around the living room to create cozy conversation areas. In addition to leaving space around furniture groupings, make sure to also leave space around each piece of furniture. This allows people to move freely using various routes within the living room. It's important to strike a balance between creating a cozy seating area and providing enough room for easy navigation.
  • Coffee Table: A central piece, the coffee table sits in front of the sofa and provides a surface for placing drinks, books, and other items. Pro tip: The recommended distance between a coffee table and the sofa in a living room is roughly 15-18”. This allows for enough space to move around comfortably and ensures that the coffee table is within easy reach from the seating area.
  • Side Tables and/or Ottomans: Placed next to sofas or armchairs, side tables offer a convenient surface for placing lamps, drinks, or other small items. Ottomans are even more versatile and can serve as a footrest, extra seating, or even a side table or coffee table when paired with a tray. Choose side tables or ottomans that are proportionate to the furniture they accompany. The height of the side table should be similar to or slightly lower than the armrest or seat height of the sofa or chair.
  • Console, Entertainment Center or TV Stand: This furniture piece typically houses the television and often includes additional storage for media devices, gaming consoles, or to display decorative items. Ensure that the size of the media console is proportionate to the size of the screen it will be supporting. Even if you don’t plan to include a TV in your living room (we support your decision for less screen time!), a freestanding console or built-in shelving unit is great for storage and organization. You can hide (or replace) your TV with a large piece of wall art.
  • Area Rug: It’s common to include an area rug in a living room for extra warmth and coziness. If possible, all furniture pieces should “live” on the rug in your living room. If your rug doesn’t really allow for that, then at least the front legs should be atop the rug. This ensures the furniture doesn’t look like it’s floating in the room.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Typically in a living room, you’d want a flush surface mount light or chandelier on the ceiling and wall-mounted sconces or table lamps placed around the room for mood lighting.
  • Coastal Decor Accessories: Decor in a living room can transform a living area into a vibrant tapestry of textures, colors, and forms, creating a welcoming and personalized environment that reflects your coastal style. The strategic placement of books, vases, and candles on coffee tables or shelves infuses the room with character and warmth. Throw pillows and blankets introduce texture and color helping to make the space feel cozier. Wall art helps to ground the space and showcase your personal taste and interests. Mirrors can amplify light, making the room feel more expansive.
  • 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 living room.

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

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a coastal living 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 living 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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