How to Make a Statement With Easy Coastal Decorating Ideas

It’s almost the end of July and we have been enjoying the warm weather here on the coast of Lake Michigan. Bringing your wardrobe into the season is actually trickier than summering up your home. The shops are stocked with lovely seasonal items that can make a large impact or just add a hint of the season to change our mindset. Here are some easy coastal decorating ideas to add a bit of the shore to your home.

Coastal Decorating Ideas For Your Home

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Sea Glass and Watercolor Shades

Start with coastal colors. Color alone has a large impact on how we feel. Sea glass covers a lot of territory, found in every shade of blue and green, assuring that there is one that will suit your fancy. The softness of the sand-worn glass has a calming and peaceful effect, and also allows it to blend well with other hues you have already existing in your space. Our go-to changes are throws, pillows, dishes and other accessories that are easily switched out seasonally. Kohl’s never lets us down and their Brenton Throw is no exception with its varying shades of watery blues.

Coastal Home Decor Furniture

If you want to make a bigger impact move up to lamps, drapery, and colorful pieces of furniture. Large area rugs will completely change a room and can be used to tie in colors you would like to add to other areas of the room like lamps or a tablecloth. This Living Butterfly Dining Chair in blue fabric has so much style it does not need to be confined to a table setting but will look beautiful as an occasional chair in your living room or entry.

Elegant Coastal Fabrics

If the waves call you into the spirit of summer you can add a piece of artwork or a fabric somewhere depicting the waves and colors of the sea. This wonderful set of Cinbloo Abstract Watercolor Blue Curtains also remind us of sea glass so they are not too specific. The colors and movement are fun and peaceful at once.

Neutral Coastal Decorating Ideas

If you are not looking for color but still want to bring your home into the season try a bowl of seashells, tumbled beach stones or something neutral with a nautical feeling. A clear glass terrarium with a rope is simple but says so much. For something larger we love the Adrift 3D artwork with it’s polished coconut shells arranged in a shadow box frame. It’s a large piece that adds a ton interest to your room without being overwhelming.

Seaside Fragrance for Your Home

Don’t forget your home fragrance! Candles are easy to find in every category from summer flowers to sea salt that will conjure up feelings of childhood summers or spring breaks of your youth.

Shop Coastal Decorating Ideas

Pictured Above (from left to right):

Beach Summer Bliss Art Print by Ingrid Beddoes photography, $59.99

Two’s Company Sea Glass Lustrous Shell Decorative Plates (Set of 4), $47.15

Safavieh Brenton Fringe Throw, $44.19

Anoop Dome Cloche Jar Glass Terrarium, $39.99

Anthropology Home Salt & Sand Scented Candle, $34

Armen Living Butterfly Dining Chair in Blue Fabric and Walnut Wood Finish, $110.35

Adrift Coco Wall Decor, $2,992.99

Cotton Seaglass Curtains (Set of 2), Now $29.99

Summer is a fun & relaxed time of year where you have the freedom to be more laid back and casual in every aspect of your life. Enjoy every fleeting day of it!


You may also like to read more home design expert tips from Madeleine like Accent Your Home Inside and Out with Moroccan Design  and Teal vs Turquoise: Adding This Hot Color Trend To Your Home Decor.

Madeleine is an Interior Designer and founder of Madeleine Donovan Interiors. Visit and on Facebook @mdichicago.

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2 thoughts on “How to Make a Statement With Easy Coastal Decorating Ideas”

  1. I have a condo at the Jersey shore and was so inspired by the colors of aqua sea glass in Santorini a few years ago that I modified the colors at my condo living room. It makes such a difference.


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