July 8th, 2016

4 Coastal Living Trends That Capture the Sea Breeze


Coastal living decor goes way beyond gluing seashells to vases—it’s about capturing that seaside style where you can almost feel the salty breeze. If you want to bring a bit of the coast indoors, you’re in luck! Coastal living decor looks great with nearly any design preference.

Before you get started, think about what feels coastal to you. For me, it’s soft colors and wood textures. When I designed this nursery (pictured above), I wanted to combine that seaside feel with a luxe look so I added some added sparkle and shine. To achieve this nursery look, try Cotton Candy Pink on the walls, Powder Pink for the furniture and Light Coral Sunset on a few accessories.

Another way to get inspired is to think about what you love about the coast. I love the expansiveness of the sea, how the sky seems to go on forever, the man-made elements like boats and planes in the distance and the weathered textures. It’s because of beautiful elements like these that the coastal living trend has become so popular. It’s a style full of weathered woods, a range of soft colors and clean lines. But to take coastal living and make it is sophisticated, subtlety is key. Let’s take a walk through a few popular design trends in coastal interior design.

The Cottage

Creating a cottage look is all about the quaint and cozy textures that create a charming interior. Think shutters, natural rough-hewn wood, a color palette of soft creams, blues, greens and inviting fabrics. If you love the cottage look, try Crisp Linen White, Stencil Blue and Golden Basketry.


This kitchen has the quaint style of cottage, but with a color palette and textures of coastal living.

Photo via Coastal Style

Modern Mix

The key element of modern mix is that it blends bold forms and patterns and it’s layered with decor that creates an inviting space. With an eclectic design style, this one might be the most open to playful design choices. The little crab on horizontal boards over a fireplace mantel is the definition of modern mix living. If you like this look, check out Parchment White, Tropical Lagoon and Pacific Khaki.


Seaside and luxe can combine into a charming interior if you keep the color palette calm and mostly neutral.

Photo via Home Bunch

Vintage Charm

If you are a mason jar addict and love flea markets, you’re probably a master of the vintage charm design trend. What I like about this style is the romantic and reflective feel, and how it infuses vintage elements to bring about those long-ago days by the sea. The weathered elements, the color story and the calmness of coastal design pair perfectly with vintage charm. If you enjoy these colors, pick up White on White, Aqua Chintz and White Sage.


There is a coastal vibe in this quaint vintage interior. It's all about the textures, colors, and design lines.

Photo via Vibeke Design

Industrial Chic

It may seem like a no-no to combine seaside style with an industrial space, but it is possible to merge the two beautifully. The weathered woods, soft colors and clutter-free elements of seaside lend themselves seamlessly to an industrial space. If you like this look, try Onyx Black, Fostoria Glass Blue and Heron Grey.

Seaside can be infused in an industrial space, if it's done strategically and thoughtfully. The weathered woods, soft colors, and charms of coastal work well with an industrial vibe.

Photo via Dust Jacket


This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.