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Are you designing a coastal office 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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Dining Room Art Inspiration designed by Emily Perdue
Dining Room Art InspirationDesigned by Emily Perdue
Home Office designed by Erika Sege
Home OfficeDesigned by Erika Sege
Office designed by Aubrey Alley
OfficeDesigned by Aubrey Alley
Art Works_ProposalOverview _JamesAyers designed by Elizabeth Flynn
Art Works_ProposalOverview _JamesAyersDesigned by Elizabeth Flynn
Art Works_ProposalOverview _Gabor designed by Elizabeth Flynn
Art Works_ProposalOverview _GaborDesigned by Elizabeth Flynn
Art Works_ProposalOverview _PamSIills designed by Elizabeth Flynn
Art Works_ProposalOverview _PamSIillsDesigned by Elizabeth Flynn
Art Works_ProposalOverview _CELINE designed by Elizabeth Flynn
Art Works_ProposalOverview _CELINEDesigned by Elizabeth Flynn
Art Works_ProposalOverview designed by Elizabeth Flynn
Art Works_ProposalOverviewDesigned by Elizabeth Flynn
Mood Board designed by Jesselyn Young
Mood BoardDesigned by Jesselyn Young
Holiday Gift Guide designed by Liz Kirby
Holiday Gift GuideDesigned by Liz Kirby
Ferraro's Living Room Color Scheme Board designed by Danielle Becker
Ferraro's Living Room Color Scheme BoardDesigned by Danielle Becker
February Me designed by stephani cummins
February MeDesigned by stephani cummins
Office Pallette A designed by Emily York
Office Pallette ADesigned by Emily York
Office designed by Tara Biondo
OfficeDesigned by Tara Biondo
June Gloom designed by Zena Marpet
June GloomDesigned by Zena Marpet
Untitled designed by Sarah Jane Meek
UntitledDesigned by Sarah Jane Meek
Living Room Desk/Built in designed by Hannah Joannes
Living Room Desk/Built inDesigned by Hannah Joannes
Untitled designed by Tianna Ginsberg
UntitledDesigned by Tianna Ginsberg
Boat pics designed by Cary Oliva
Boat picsDesigned by Cary Oliva
Untitled designed by Carly Murphy
UntitledDesigned by Carly Murphy
Office designed by Danielle Green
OfficeDesigned by Danielle Green
Office Rendering designed by Chelsea Young
Office RenderingDesigned by Chelsea Young
Great Room - Art Install designed by Megan Calderon
Great Room - Art InstallDesigned by Megan Calderon

Design tips for decorating a coastal style office

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

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

The design of your workspace can be as crucial to your productivity as your morning cup of coffee. Whether you're carving out a corner in an open-concept living room or in the process of a remodel to create a dedicated office space, these are our tips to help you create a space that works (pun intended) for you:

  • Desk & Chair: The cornerstone of any office, your desk provides a designated workspace for your computer, monitor, books, and other essentials. It often serves as the focal point of an office or study, so place it where it best suits your workflow, ideally near natural light to boost mood and productivity.
  • Bookshelves or Storage: Every office needs storage. The material you choose for your storage can really help lean into the desired coastal style of your workspace.
  • Seating: Extra seating options, like an accent armchair, or sofa can add a cozy touch and provide a spot for guests or a change of scenery for you. Position these to encourage conversation without disrupting your work zone.
  • Area Rug: An area rug adds warmth and can define a workspace within a larger room. Place it under your desk and chair to anchor the space, ensuring it's large enough to allow for easy chair movement.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the office 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 behind the desk to serve as a focal point.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. A desk lamp is common for those late work nights burning the midnight oil. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. 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 office. Don’t forget the curtain rod!

Remember, the best office design is one that reflects your personal work style and needs. Experiment with different arrangements until you find the perfect balance of functionality and comfort. If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on Home Office Design.

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