Coastal Living Bedroom Design Tips

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    What is the Coastal Living or Beach Cottage Style?

    Coastal living or beach cottage style is a collection of cozy and casual pieces reflecting the easy-going way of life near the coast. The key decorative element is the color white, which is used within furniture, bedding, and wall color along with some accents of bold or pastel shades. While the wall and ceiling finishes normally consist of painted wood paneling; the floors are left natural often using soft honey or dark mahogany wood finishes. This living room by Emily Henderson is a beautiful example of personalizing a beach living vibe. If you think the coastal living or beach cottage style will look great in your bedroom; here are some photos, advice, and tips on how to create your relaxing seaside oasis.

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  • 02 of 07

    Simple Cottage Nautical Theme

    A nautical theme is often found in coastal living or beach cottage bedrooms, particularly when designing a room for kids. This style can be over-the-top in nautical-type decor--such as model boats, fishing nets, and lighthouses--or just a hint as seen in this charming bedroom. This open, airy bedroom combines a nautical color scheme--bright navy blue with white--along with a large, comfortable chair, perfect for a beach bedroom.

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    How to Add Decor from the Sea

    Besides using white as your primary color, most coastal living or beach cottage bedrooms also use creatures and items from the sea and beach as decoration. A combination of traditional pieces and location-specific objects make this table decor spread perfect for a beach house bedroom.

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    Basic Decor Needed

    When decorating a bedroom in the coastal living or beach cottage style there are a few basic elements needed to complete your room. The first is to use white as your primary color within your walls, ceiling, and furniture. The next important element is to use certain styles of furniture and decor; such as wrought iron beds, weathered white or wicker furniture, or items found on the beach. This kitchen by Emily Henderson is a stunning example of modernizing beachy style and making it work in an everyday home.

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    Enhance Beautiful Views

    Big open beach house
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    If your bedroom has beautiful views of the ocean, beach or harbor, this style is the best option to enhance these views as well as make them apart of your bedroom design. White walls, furniture, and bedding along with simple pieces of wicker furniture and seaside decor will make your room feel like its an extension of the beach. A good example of this technique is in this quaint and glamorous bedroom, which uses white and a few pieces of key decor—wicker chests and seashells—to set the mood and seaside ambiance within the room.

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    Use Historical Charm

    Most beach cottage designs are a combination of historical pieces of furniture with modern and contemporary comforts. These historical pieces can be a combination of styles, decor, or accessories; as seen in this bedroom where a country white lace quilt and early 1900 light fixtures are combined to create a charming beach cottage retreat.

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    Create Romantic Bedrooms

    White airy bedroom
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    Adding romantic charm to this style is easy. Elegant drapes, comfortable bedding, and soft colors help add the romance, while simple beach-type accessories add the charm needed for a coastal living or beach cottage bedroom. A wonderful example of how to combine these elements is featured in this romantic bedroom; which uses white cascading drapes on the windows and continue with the all-white theme throughout.