Interior Design Styles



Whether you are decorating your home or a beach cottage, Coastal design is a fun way to bring the outdoors in. Often inspired by the beach with natural wood, white walls, and blue and yellow accents, the color palette is characterized as “breezy” with bright or pastel hues influenced by the sea and sand. To achieve the interior look of a beach cottage, bead board and clapboard are commonly used as wall coverings. Natural light is often enhanced through the use of sheer window panels or white slatted blinds. Furniture is comfortable and functional so as to fit in with the active beachfront lifestyle. Interiors are often accented by nautical, fishing, starfish, and other regional design elements from well-known beach communities, like the Hamptons, Nantucket, Pacific Coast, or Caribbean.

Elements of design

  • Coastal design is characterized as breezy, with neutral elements and accent colors reflecting beach motif
  • Light, wooden floors are common because they are easy to clean and common to coastal areas
  • Light color palette that reflects the beach with white walls, soft yellows, blues, and light wood floors
  • Bead board or clapboard are common wall coverings, and are typically painted white
  • Sheer window panels or wooden slat coverings are often used to let natural light in through open windows
  • Functional, low-maintenance furniture that can be easily cleaned
  • Incorporation of nautical, fishing, sea life, and other regionally-inspired themes