Mastering Subtle Coastal Style

July 4, 2016

By: Peyton Lambton

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Creating a coastal contemporary room is what I love to do! I live close to the beach and pulling inspiration from what I see on a daily basis makes me incredibly happy, so I’m going to share some of my favorite features of coastal contemporary design that you can bring into your own home.

When it comes to coastal contemporary style, I like to apply a loose translation instead of literally using exactly what I find on the beach. Instead of putting sand in jars, I like to use linen fabrics to create the vibe and sense of being on the beach. Linen can be used as upholstery on furniture as well as on curtains to frame a window. When the windows are open and the curtains are blowing in the breeze, I feel like I am sitting on the beach.

One of my favorite pieces is the Tahoe dining table because it looks just like a piece of driftwood that has been floating in the water. The imperfections are perfect to me, and it provides the perfect canvas for a coastal dinner party.

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Jute or sisal rugs are a wonderful touch to any coastal contemporary room. Beach grasses are my favorite in summer because they flow so gracefully in the wind. A natural fiber rug reminds me of the grass and just how beautiful they are even when the summer season is over. The dried out grasses are just as beautiful as the bright green ones.

The subtle touch of a rope lamp brings in a nautical vibe without being too over the top. You don’t have to live in a coastal community to bring this look into any room. Whether you love the coast or dream of having a coastal home, this is a great reminder of a dock on the water.

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Filling a bookcase or topping a buffet with little nautical touches can really bring the coastal vibe together, if you want to take it up a notch. A rope knot pairs nicely with some sea glass bottles and will add a little color to any space.

Using textures and colors that you find on the coast to create a coastal contemporary space is fun and easy. Take a walk on the beach and see what inspires your room!


DiningRoom_Peyton_Green (4)Want to hear more from Peyton? You can check back in with her on our blog and watch her Behind the Design videos on our YouTube page.

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