Coastal Bedroom Decorating Tips

A soothing color palette and relaxed vibe make coastal style a beachy-keen choice for creating a restful bedroom retreat.

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Shades of Blue

One of the hallmarks of coastal decor is liberal use of watery blue shades. Don’t be afraid to mix different tones, ranging from gray-blues to blue-greens. The key is to make sure all of the blues play nicely together.

Custom Cabinetry

Built-ins finished in a mix of clean white paint and warm woods lend a subtle nautical feel and provide pretty display space. They also make smart use of a small room by maximizing available storage while creating a beautiful bed niche.

Washed-Out Finishes

Furniture with a faded, salt-washed feel looks right at home in a coastal space. Choose wood pieces with a white-washed, pickled or limed finish to achieve that look. These pieces can look dated in other decor styles, but work beautifully with the coastal vibe.

Painted Pieces

Painting used furniture in shades of white, blue, pale green and gray is an inexpensive and effective way to give old pieces new life and bring cohesion to mismatched furniture.

Styling Simplicity

Keep accessories clean and simple to reinforce an easygoing atmosphere. A large mirror over the dresser visually enlarges the space by reflecting the built-ins while the dark wood frame provides a warm contrast to the limed dresser.

Textures + Treasures

Woven baskets, a glass bowl of seashells and carved wooden pelicans lend texture and are subtle references to the bedroom's coastal theme. Old family photos add a personal touch while the warm frames and sepia-toned images contrast the cool wall color nicely.

Slipcovered Style

Slipcovered furniture works well in many decor styles, including coastal. It silently says that it’s okay to put your feet up and relax in this corner with a good book — any sand will come out in the wash!

Signs of Life

Fresh flowers and live plants add a pop of green and life to a room. For those with a black thumb, there are beautiful faux alternatives that will achieve the same desired effect without the upkeep. Tip: To make an artificial plant look more realistic, put it in a pot that's the proper scale for the size of the plant.

Style Underfoot

To carry the coastal feel throughout the space, wood floors topped by a sand-colored textural rug are the perfect choices for flooring. These finishes are easy to live with, easy to keep clean and have an easy sense of style.

Window Treatments

Plantation shutters provide privacy and light control while looking sleek and clean. The crisp white finish is a traditional coastal choice that also ties in with the built-ins.

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