One decorating style never goes out of fashion is coastal decor. Because of its casual, relaxed feel, coastal decor is a popular choice. It’s known for its natural textures and soft colors. People flock to beaches all over the globe to experience the tranquilizing effects of water, whether it’s the ocean or one of the Great Lakes.
To feel the same calm and tranquility as the coast, you don’t need to live in a Malibu or Hamptons cottage. Other than bringing your shoes to the beach, there are other ways you can bring the beach home.
Five Elements of Coastal Decor
First, let’s talk about the five components that make up a room with coastal style.
Think Blue: A coastal space is impossible without some blue. To evoke the colors in the sky and water, and add depth and interest to your space, you can use a variety of blues.
Casual Furnishings – The beach is not complete without laid-back. Slipcovered furniture and wood floors are the best options for a beach feel.
Accessory with Texture: There are many textures at the beach: rough stones, smooth stones, driftwood and shells. Our senses are stimulated by textures. To evoke the natural textures on the beach, add sisal, seagrass and rope.
Elements of Nature: These are the essential elements for any coastal-inspired space. They add the finishing touch with actual artifacts like shells, driftwood, and seaglass. It is possible to collect authentic items for wall art or other home decor. You can also make your own versions of beach artifacts by using craft techniques or paint finishes.
These are some amazing examples of coastal accessories that you can make.
Driftwood Candle Holder
Next time you visit the beach, look for interesting pieces made of wood that have been weathered by the waves to create a smooth finish. With a drill bit, you can easily turn driftwood into tea light holders. This coastal candle holder looks great on a deck, or as part a beachy vignette at a coffee table. You can add more tea lights to make a beautiful centerpiece for a long dining table if you are able to find a longer piece.
Sea Glass Centerpiece
You can transform plain glass bottles into beautiful sea glass with a new spray paint finish. You can save your empty wine, oil, liquor and liquor bottles. Then, give them a coat of seaglass paint. This will dry to a frosty look. Place the bottles in a basket like this one, or on a tray. These artificial sea oat stems make the bottles look great on their own.
DIY Starfish and Sand Dollars
Sand dollars and starfish are beautiful beach treasures. However, they can be difficult to find. You might prefer a lake as your beach, which means that beachcombing can be difficult. However, you can still make ocean artifacts with baking soda or salt dough. Next, frame them in shadow boxes.
Although you can find antique glass fishing floats for sale, it is quite expensive to buy enough to fill a basket like this one. You can make this look if you like it! The look of old floats is replicated by plain glass globe vases with a paint finish. For a more authentic look, add twine and a simple macrame method to make a net.
Beach Vacation Memo Jar
Make a memory jar to keep the memories of the sea breezes and sandy feet alive long after you return from vacation. You can fill a large vessel with sand and artificial seagrass, rocks, driftwood or any other treasures you find along the shore. You could also add a family photograph taken at the beach, a postcard or replica of the local lighthouse purchased from a tourist shop to give the scene more interest. Don’t clutter the scene. Add some color and a chalkboard label hung from rope.
Lamp for Nautical Rope
This DIY knotty lamp is an excellent replacement for one purchased from Pottery Barn. It is made from rope and adds the perfect texture to a nightstand, or end table, in a coastal setting. Table lamps made of novelty materials can quickly become tacky (think lighthouse-shaped lamp bases). But, table lamps made from rope or driftwood are an elegant and simple way to brighten up coastal-style rooms.
Coastal Wood Picture Frame
A DIY picture frame will add the perfect touch to coastal-themed galleries walls. It replicates the look and feel of old boats with its rustic wood finish. This frame’s chippy finish and weathered edges would make a beautiful display of a vacation family photo.
You want to hang an original piece of art that looks priceless? Use the Waterlogue app to take photos of the beach and make digital watercolors.
Although it is against the law to take real coral from the sea floor, there are no restrictions on making your own. You can start your project by looking in your local pet supply shop’s aquarium aisle. There are many coral figurines available for fish tanks but they often come in garish and unrealistic colors. Spray paint your “specimens”, in matte or glossy finishes, with white paint.