The décor in your home does more than reflect your personal style; it also has a way of transporting you (if only mentally) to any place in the world. If all you can think about is a day at the beach, it's time to bring in some elements that remind you of soaking up the sun, feeling that cool ocean breeze, and taking in the sights. No matter how far you live from the coast, seaside décor is a timeless design style that can make your home feel like a calming oasis—so let the light in and revamp your space.
Are you looking to channel the open, airy vibe of the Mediterranean stateside, or do you prefer the look of a classic beach house that embraces styles from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts? In either case, interior designers have mastered the art of unique beach décor to whisk you away to an island in the sun. Break out your breezy linens, stock up on woven materials, and style your space with relaxing ocean hues.
Read on for sand and sea-inspired redecorating ideas to spark your next trip to the beach with the best coastal décor.
Embrace Faux Views
A large print of an on-theme beachside locale hung in your front entryway is just what you need to set the tone as guests first walk into your home. Even if you don't come home to a beach-front property every day, you can still enjoy the view, courtesy of a gorgeous photograph. Small details tie this space together, from matching photo frames that draw the eye down the hall to throw pillows that highlight accent colors from the main artwork.
Get Creative With Statement Décor
Both stylish and functional, the focus of this open kitchen layout is undeniably the wall-mounted surfboard. Rather than storing it in the mudroom or entryway, a surfboard stand in the main living space makes a statement—and it's still easy to grab off the wall when you're ready to hit the beach. Styled with rattan pendant lights, airy white paint, and woven furniture, the surfboard's placement in this room feels relaxed and elegant at the same time thanks to its intentional design.
Style a Seaside Mudroom
Mudrooms aren't just reserved for farmhouse layouts. This seaside-inspired space is the perfect place to shake off some sand, kick off those shoes, and unload at the end of a busy day. Woven baskets serve as a catchall to keep daily items stored away in style, while Mediterranean-style tile floors make for easy cleanup and disguise dirt as you make your way in from the beach.
Entertain in Breezy Dining Rooms
Turn your dining room into a resort-inspired hangout with the help of pendant lamps and shiplap walls. The depth between textures gives this space a glamorous focal point, while the rattan material makes it feel like a home situated on its own private beach. Set a paradise-found mood all year round with rustic wood décor, bamboo blinds, and comfortable woven seating.
Find Paradise in Prints
If you favor eclectic spaces but still want your home to feel coastal cool, find the best of both worlds by incorporating prints with a sleek style. We love how this play on patterns feels beachy—even in simple floral prints. The trick is to stick with blue and sandy hues and incorporate the occasional beach-inspired motif when it fits.
For fans of prints that don't want to commit to a specific wallpaper, bring in patterns through window treatments, throw blankets, and accent pillows for a pop of personality that's easy to switch out when you redecorate.
Focus on the Materials
This living room proves that coastal décor is all in the materials. From the linen pillows and stools to the natural wood accents, there's no denying that this room is the place to retreat after a long day in the sun. Woven accent chairs complement materials on the oversized coffee table for a dynamic design that balances various textures.
Have Dinner With a View
There's nothing like enjoying an ocean sunset while sipping a glass of wine at your dining room table. If you're not currently living in a house on the beach, an oversized print hanging in your line of sight is just what you need to mentally transport you to your private island. Some live greenery doesn't hurt, either—especially if you can catch glances of palm fronds through the dining room window.
Blend Elegance With Laid-Back Décor
The décor in this dining room feels like a beach house in Huntington Beach, California. The bright color palette (including the elegant flowers in the centerpiece and white-painted bamboo chairs) is almost as classic as the delicate chandelier hanging above the table. Pops of color in the ocean-sunset-inspired wall art and upholstered dining bench add just enough character to the space without distracting from its bright white design.
Style Small Touches for a Big Finish
You don't need sprawling spaces and tons of décor to make your home feel like a seaside retreat. This entryway incorporates a few touches of jute and rattan (like the rug, storage basket, and straw hat) with a shimmering light fixture to make every day feel like summer at the beach. All-white paint paired with plenty of bright décor keeps the vibe open and airy with welcoming accents.
Design Your Dreamiest Bedroom
The simplicity of this bedroom is just what you should strive for when decorating your coastal-inspired room. Shiplap walls surround a modern poster bed with fluffy white sheets, textured throw pillows, and a linen bench. Woven pendant lights hang on either side of the bed to set the mood with an element of symmetry that's reminiscent of sailboat anchors and seaside décor.
Choose Furniture Wisely
For a maximalist, this outdoor dining space boasts no shortage of standout pieces that all work together to bring the feel of an ocean escape home. The rattan light fixtures are a statement, of course, but what makes this design unique is its combination of various pieces. A simple potted palm tree complements an oversized farmhouse table, bright white chairs, and a perfectly styled tabletop décor for a complete finish.
Stay on Neutral Grounds
If blue isn't your hue of choice, this room is the inspiration you need to create a space that feels coastal without the color. Here, warm tones bring out a stunning combination of textures for a dynamic design, while keeping it serene in neutral hues. Mix-matched patterns feel cohesive by committing to various types of stripes, from the bamboo window treatments to the throw pillows and woven rug.
When you're working with a neutral color scheme, texture is everything: Create visual interest by blending different materials in similar tones to bring depth to your space.
Blue is the color of the ocean, so it's no surprise that including the hue in your décor will remind you of sitting seaside. This dining room incorporates all shades of indigo in a variety of prints on an all-white canvas for a serene space. An elegant chandelier composed of seaglass-inspired pendants evokes feelings of dining below rolling waves, while the patterned accent chairs bring out soft hues of the ocean.
Bring the Sand Home
There's no better place to kick your feet up at the end of the day than a neutral-toned retreat like this sand-inspired bedroom. To recreate the look in your own home, start by finding a large jute rug with plenty of texture. Style the space with all-white décor, two minimal woven wall sconces, and plush bedding. It's the single-toned simplicity that makes this design feel whole.
Design a Powder Room Paradise
A tiny bathroom can have a major impact when you opt for a busy print, like this blue seashell-textured pattern, on the walls. Bright white wainscoting on the lower half of the wall strikes a classy balance. Paired with simple décor, like symmetrical hand towel hooks and a white orchid, this space feels fresh, inviting, and clean.
Design Your Backyard Cabana
You don't need to plan a weekend in Tulum to sip margaritas under a cabana—you can bring the Instagrammable charm to your backyard via lush outdoor seating and a woven hanging chair. Wood beams above beachy blue tiles in the outdoor fountain set the tone—whether you're entertaining guests or relaxing on the weekend. No plane ticket necessary.
Create Beachside Glamour
Who said coastal decor can't also feel unapologetically glamorous? The shimmering brass accents in this bathroom feel modern and chic, while earthy cabinet paint and fresh flowers compliment them for an inviting feeling. Get the look in your space by styling matching round wall mirrors in a finish that matches your bathroom's hardware.
Bring the Outdoors In
Sometimes the best part of your home is sitting right outside your window. If you're lucky enough to have a large porch, decorate it with beachy accents, like these rattan hanging chairs and woven rug styled with cozy floor pillows. These wall-to-wall disappearing doors bring the outdoors in—and we can't think of a better view to enjoy at the end of the day.
Style a Seaside Gallery Wall
This dining nook design combines a variety of photo styles and frames for a cohesive look. By choosing the same theme for each piece—crashing waves and rolling seas—the gallery wall doesn't clash at all but instead feels intentional. Shiplap walls, a leaning surfboard, and a cozy bench seat make this nook the perfect place to gather with friends and family in an inviting beachy setting.
Warm up the Outdoors
Sometimes the best paradise found is hiding in your backyard. If you don't live in a tropical area, bring the warmth to your space with an outdoor fireplace—or any style of wood or gas fire pit for a more affordable option. Style it with comfortable outdoor couches, plenty of lush greenery, beachy décor, and a covered ceiling to enjoy your space in any weather.