13 Coastal-Cool Living Rooms We're Ready to Call Home

You don't have to live on the beach to bring coastal style home.

Summer's on the horizon and I'm dying to feel the sand under my toes. With the closest beach a mere 372 miles away from HGTV Headquarters, my tropical oasis isn't just a hop, skip and a jump away, sadly. But I've found a nice cure for my craving and it just happens to be from my living room sofa.

Starting Sunday at 8pm/7c, you can catch two brand-new episodes of Beachfront Bargain Hunt, followed by two brand-new episodes of Caribbean Life at 9pm/8c, then two brand-new episodes of Island Life at 10pm/9c. You read right! Six back-to-back episodes of nothing but white, sandy beaches, crashing waves and drool-worthy houses we all wish we had. The best part? You don't have to be bikini-ready. (Personally, I'll be in my paint-splattered sweats.)

Join me, won't you? Follow along on Sunday using the hashtag #SunnySundays. But first, let's unwind with some refreshing coastal inspo. Can't you just feel that sea breeze?!

Contemporary Coastal Living Room Is Tranquil, Relaxing

Contemporary Coastal Living Room Is Tranquil, Relaxing

Bright white and soft neutral tones fill this open living area for a calm, soothing atmosphere. Blue accents and ocean-inspired touches add a coastal feel, while clean lines ensure the look is fresh and current.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Tessa Neustadt

Mix Things Up

Mix Things Up

The more elegant lines of the side tables mixed with the industrial-style coffee table gives this living room an updated, transitional style.

White Coastal Living Room

White Coastal Living Room

Placing velvet on a settee that is already an interesting shape really made the piece pop and instantly catches the eye. Mixing wood tones and textures in a subtle way helped to add variety a bring a fancy yet casual atmosphere.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Tessa Neustadt

Neutral Coastal Living Room With Fireplace

Neutral Coastal Living Room With Fireplace

On either side of the fireplace, built-in shelves become the perfect home for a collection of ocean-inspired artwork, photos and a planter. The light colored wood matches that of the mantel and the sofas to create a unified look.

Photo by: Photographer: Jeri Koegel

Photographer: Jeri Koegel

Beach House Sitting Area with Comfortable Chairs and Sunbather Painting

Beach House Sitting Area with Comfortable Chairs and Sunbather Painting

Comfortable armchairs in this modern shore house are positioned between the living room and kitchen, offering a panoramic view of the ocean. The chairs swivel in order to make conversations easy no matter where guests are gathering. A lovely painting of a swimmer brings a beachy feel to the space.

Photo by: Maureen Clark

Maureen Clark

Inviting Neutral Living Room With Natural Wood Coffee Table, Accent Fireplace Surround and Textured Rug

Inviting Neutral Living Room With Natural Wood Coffee Table, Accent Fireplace Surround and Textured Rug

Sunlight streaming in behind the sofa gives this room an airy and bright look. A mix of textures from the circular tile fireplace surround, dense area rug and natural wood furniture brings great depth to the design. A black leather ottoman adds a bold accent to the neutral and natural look of the sofa and chairs.

Photo by: Ramon C Purcell Photography

Ramon C Purcell Photography

Beach Cottage Features Open Floor Plan

Beach Cottage Features Open Floor Plan

This waterfront beach cottage boasts an open floor plan, creating a seamless flow from the living room to the kitchen and dining room. A gorgeous wood ceiling, which matches the wood floors, unites the spaces and lends warmth to the light-hued color palette.

Photo by: Eric Roth Photography

Eric Roth Photography

Tucked Away

Tucked Away

Tucked off the great room, a vibrant color scheme combined with neutral sofas and thoughtful artwork create a sophisticated media room made for lounging.

Beach House Living Room with Large Glass Doors, Overstuffed Armchairs and Hardwood Floors

Beach House Living Room with Large Glass Doors, Overstuffed Armchairs and Hardwood Floors

The spectacular shore view from this beach house is all the art that's necessary to complete the living room. It's gorgeous! Overstuffed upholstered chairs reflect a casual feel, and hardwood floors make for easy clean up. The coffee table with the rotating top is a unique and functional piece of furniture -- and conversation piece.

Photo by: Mike Kelley Photography

Mike Kelley Photography

Coastal Contemporary Living Room Is Bright, Relaxing

Coastal Contemporary Living Room Is Bright, Relaxing

Clean, contemporary lines pair with classic coastal pieces in this beautiful living room. A neutral color scheme unites the two styles, creating a cohesive atmosphere.

From: Carter Kay

Photo by: Carter Kay

Carter Kay

White Coastal Living Room With Gallery Wall

White Coastal Living Room With Gallery Wall

Comfortable, elegant and functional, this coastal living room features a fireplace and relaxed neutral furniture. Black and white prints make an eye-catching gallery wall.

Photo by: Musso Design Group

Musso Design Group

Coastal-Style Home Exterior With Large Windows

Coastal-Style Home Exterior With Large Windows

From the outside, this home communicates historically accurate New England coastal architecture, yet the sunroom appears to be enclosed by a fully glazed wall similar to those found in more modern architecture.

Photo by: Greg Premru; Design By: Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC

Greg Premru; Design By: Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC

Blue and White Coastal Living Room With Sailboat

Blue and White Coastal Living Room With Sailboat

A fun mix of blue and white patterns animate this cozy living room while maintaining the coastal theme. The large tufted ottoman doubles as a convenient coffee table. A sprinkling of nautical details finishes the look: marine light fixtures, a decorative sailboat and stately telescope.

From: Hyde Evans Design

Photo by: Hyde Evans Design

Hyde Evans Design

A Coastal Makeover for a 1971 Ranch House

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Chip and Jo add coastal charm to this fixer upper.

Going Coastal in Central Texas

Chip and Joanna completely reworked the facade and did a major interior overhaul to transform a plain '70s ranch house, creating an updated and utterly relaxing home for a couple ready to settle down. Thrown into the mix for this renovation is a dedicated music room for him and a touch of the beach for a her.

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Serene Palette

Calming blue-gray and crisp white in the kitchen contribute an overall theme that's meant to feel relaxed and not overwhelming.

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Traces of Surf and Salt Air

Subtle additions like driftwood, green glass and sand-weighted hurricane glass create a suggestion of beach life without overstating the theme.

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Only Rock and Roll

In this renovation, the "man cave" is a dedicated music room complete with a wall-mounted collection of electric guitars and a custom made bar clad in reclaimed wood.

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Meet the Homeowners

Chip and Joanna with homeowners Chris and Lindy Ermoian in the newly remodeled living room. Chris and Lindy have an 18-year-old son and had lived in six homes in about as many years. Understandably they were ready to settle into a forever home. They were looking for a home with a large yard, at least three bedrooms, an open floor plan, and ideally a studio space for musician Chris.

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Simple Twist of Fate

BEFORE:  When Chip and Joanna included this home on their tour of potential homes for the Ermoians, they had no idea that this one had actually once belonged to Lindy Ermoian's grandmother and was built by her great uncle. It was built in 1971, had 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2400 square feet, and the current owners were asking $100,000.

Clean and Contemporary

AFTER: The look of the exterior is altered dramatically simply by painting the brick in a cool blue-gray and adding white accents. 

AFTER

Fresh landscaping with ornamental grasses and a dwarf palm also contribute to an underlying coastal theme.

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AFTER

Other exterior upgrades include a new roof, new windows with Bahama style shutters,  and, most notably, a dramatic front porch with white columns and post-and-beam style overhang.

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Living Room, BEFORE

The living room had dated wood paneling, laminate flooring and an offset brick fireplace.

Living Room, AFTER

The fireplace has been completely reworked, with a more  centered position, a reduced footprint and new facing in white stone. Dark hardwood floors contrast against the cool gray walls and white slipcovered sofa and chairs.

Living Room, Detail

The lighter palette and white treatment for the fireplace and mantel help make the room feel larger and more inviting. Joanna added piece of natural driftwood, collected locally at a lakeside, as a decorative accent for warmer months when the fireplace is not in ues.

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Living Room, Detail

 

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Living Room, Detail

 

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Living Room, Detail

Homeowner Lindy had a professed love of beach and coastal themes, but didn't want it over-the-top. (No draped fishnets and plastic lobsters for her.) Joanna wanted to approach the motif in nuanced ways, striving not to be too literal. Worn wooden oars from a salvage shop struck just the right note, suggesting nautical and water motifs without being overly "beachy."

Dining Room, BEFORE

The dining space was just inside the front entrance, directly adjacent to the foyer. In the new floor plan, the dining room would be partially partitioned to create a more separated space, and the small room on the far side would be repurposed as a home office.

Dining Room, AFTER

The dining room is another space that carries subtle references to the coastal theme, with white shiplap, iron chandelier adorned with jute, a dining table in lighter toned wood and framed graphic art featuring seashell diagrams.

Dining Room, Detail

 

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Home Office, AFTER

 

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Home Office, AFTER

Home Office, Detail

 

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Home Office, Detail

 

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Kitchen, BEFORE

The kitchen was fairly roomy, but dated and closed off. Joanna recommended removing the partition that separated it from the living area and adding a large island. 

Kitchen, AFTER

The enlarged kitchen features a white and gray palette, an extra long island with bar top and barstool seating, a trio of oversized globe pendands, new recessed lighting and lots of cabinet storage.

Kitchen, BEFORE

 

Kitchen, AFTER

 

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Kitchen, Detail

 

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Kitchen, Detail

 

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Breakfast Nook, BEFORE

 

Breakfast Nook, AFTER

 

Breakfast Nook, Detail

 

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The Music Room, AFTER

An existing garage was converted to create this dedicated music and studio space for Chris. New drywall, baseboards and trim were added as well more masculine touches including dark hardwood floors, industrial shelving, leather and wood chairs and an oversized ceiling fan.

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Music Room, Detail

 

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Music Room, Detail

 

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Music Room, Detail

 

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Music Room, Detail

 

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Music Room, Detail

The music room includes this  bar on casters, custom made by furniture builder Clint Harp and covered in shiplap that had been planed down and refinished.

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Music Room, Detail

 

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Music Room, Detail

 

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Music Room, Detail

 

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Master Bedroom, BEFORE

 

Master Bedroom, AFTER

As elsewhere, the design was kept relaxed and calming in the bedroom with a cool, soothing palette and simple details that tied together to create distinct but nuanced references to the beach and ocean.

Master Bedroom, Detail

Driftwood is used as a wall hangning above the bed, in keeping with the ocean theme.

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Master Bedroom, Detail

 

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Master Bedroom, Detail

 

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Master Bedroom, Detail

 

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Master Bedroom, Detail

Joanna added this wall hanging with glass globes hung by partially jute rope filled with seashells and sand dollars.

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Bathroom, BEFORE

The existing bathroom adjacent to the main bedroom was small and somewhat dated.

Master Bath Space, BEFORE

The renovation took part of an existing bedroom to expand the footprint of the bathroom and creaete an all new and luxuriuos master bath. 

Master Bath, AFTER

The new master bath features an oversized glass-enclosed shower, twin vanities, tilting mirrors and floor tile in soft gray.

Master Bath, Detail

 

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Master Bath, Detail

 

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Master Bath, Detail

 

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Finis

 

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And if you enjoyed this Fixer Upper makeover, chances are good you might also like this one: 

Fixer Upper: A Family Home Resurrected in Rural Texas.

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