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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

Life happens in the living room. It’s the heart of the home.

Even in a beach house where you’re probably not spending a ton of time indoors – the living room is so crucial.

And you’ve got plenty of styles to choose from when designing and decorating your space. You could go with a minimal look, modern, contemporary, traditional, or farmhouse.

But if you’re looking for a laid back, casual, and beach-inspired theme – look no further than the coastal living room.

How Do You Style a Coastal Living Room?

First, you should take the same approach you’d take to styling any living room: find inspiration. We’ve got lots of it for you below, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to poke around Pinterest as well to get you started in the right direction. Save a handful of pins and then try to identify what they have in common.

Some aspects of great coastal living rooms include:

  • Beach Colors: Think turquoise, aqua, sea foam, and other shades of blue; as well as beige and sand colored tones.
  • Beach Accessories: Think shells, shiplap, refinished wood, and sea glass.
  • Natural Light: The beach is typically a pretty sunny place, so consider reflecting that by letting more natural light in or using mirrors to accentuate it.
  • A Rustic Touch: Lots of coastal living rooms feature wooden benches and jute baskets to create a rustic feel.

If you stick to some of the staples above, you can’t go wrong. Beach living rooms that do too much are often charming. Those that do too little tend to have a really nice clean, open-air feel. So don’t stress.

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15 Coastal Themed Living Room Ideas

Without further ado, here are 15 beautiful coastal living rooms to inspire your own:

Work with Wicker Accents

traditional coastal living room

Reflect the Ocean with Blue Hues

open coastal room

White with Coral Accents

coral accented coastal living room

White and Wicker with Blue Accent Pillows

coastal living room

Natural Wood Tones

Whitewashed with Natural Elements


Deep Blue Accents

deep blue living room


Modern Neutrals

scandanavian coastal theme


Traditional with Lots of Natural Light

luxury living room


Go All Out with Beach Decor

marlin fish in living room


Natural Wood with Lots of Greenery

bright living room with surfboard


Wicker and Greenery

wicker coastal living room


Paint the Ceiling

coastal living room with painted ceiling


Textured Rug with Wicker Furniture


Light Colors with Light Blue Accents


Make it Your Own

Your beach house living room is a the center of the home. Take pride in it and take your time decorating it. You and your guests will appreciate it.

Draw inspiration from the above images, but be sure to make it your own. If in doubt, go with a white or light blue color palette, incorporate some wicker furniture, and let the natural light flow in. You can’t go wrong.

Brooks Manley

Brooks Manley

Brooks is a marketer by trade, but has developed quite the passion for home design since becoming a homeowner in New Orleans. He'll be writing about he and his wife's favorite home decor products as well as simple tips and tricks for creating a home you love.

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