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
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.
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.
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.
Photographer: Jeri Koegel
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.
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.
Ramon C Purcell Photography
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.
Eric Roth Photography
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.
Mike Kelley Photography
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.
Musso Design Group
Greg Premru; Design By: Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC
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.
Hyde Evans Design
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.
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.
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.
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 or dogmatic. Worn wooden oars from a salvage shop struck just the right note, suggesting nautical and water motifs without being overly "beachy."
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.
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.