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30 Cool, Coastal-Inspired Living Rooms

Are you dying to infuse the look and feel of summer into your home year-round? Bring coastal style to your living room with these inspirational design ideas, whether you're by the sea or not.

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New, Old, Beachy

Instead of drywall, the walls in this coastal living room are covered with pine planks designed to look like exposed studs. The slipcovered sofa is from Pottery Barn, and the striped rug is from Wayfair. Although they’re new purchases, they fit right in with the room’s vintage pieces, including the pine coffee table, which was a desk before homeowner Sandy Gingras cut down the legs.

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Waterfront Surroundings

Designer Sarah Richardson brings the comfort of the sea indoors through this cozy living space overlooking the water. To create that comfortable at-home look, she effortlessly mixes various patterns in a blue and sandy palette with whitewashed accents. Using minimal accessories, Sarah allows the wall-to-wall windows and outside views to take over as the room's focal point.

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Coastal Blues

With a palette of maritime blues and dune-grass greens, this living room creates an easygoing coastal feel reminiscent of a charming seaside cottage. To mimic this airy and inviting space, decorate with soothing hues, seaside accessories, like beach glass and seashells, and seagrass furnishings. Photo courtesy of HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams

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Photo: Lisa Romerein (Styled by Elizabeth Demos). From: HGTV Magazine.

Perfectly Paneled

For an airy island vibe, this living room’s board-and-batten paneling was painted crisp scallop-shell white (Parchment White by Glidden). The neutral walls serve as a backdrop for a rotating collection of inexpensive, casually propped waterscapes and the deep blue of the sofa homeowner Mary Kay Andrews found on Craigslist. She scored the 16-yard bolt of upholstery-grade denim used to cover it for $25 at an estate sale. The round walnut coffee table is a hand-me-down freebie--it’s the kitchen table from Mary Kay’s girlhood home cut down to 21 inches tall.

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