15 Beach Cottage Decor Ideas Full of Coastal Charm

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Design and Photo by Alfredo Paredes Studio

You don't have to live in a beach cottage to bring coastal vibes to your space. This easy, breezy style can work in any room in the house, from the kitchen to the bathroom, living room, bedroom, living room, laundry room, and beyond. Whether you dream of being a coastal grandmother or living in a surf shack, check out these rooms to help you create your own beach cottage-inspired oasis, no matter where you live.

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    Use Weathered Finishes

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    Design and Photo by Alfredo Paredes Studio

    This Cape Cod fisherman's cabin from Alfredo Paredes Studio has rustic finishes, blue-and-white accents, and weathered elements like a pair of well worn leather French club chairs that harmonize perfectly with the dreamy oceanfront view.

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    Make It Modern

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Tessa Neustadt

    This coastal kitchen from Emily Henderson Design has a palette of crisp white and navy blue that complements rustic hardwood floors and painted ceiling beams, with gold-toned accents and modern accessories that make it feel fresh rather than kitschy.

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    Honor the View

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    Design by Michelle Berwick Interiors

    The decor of this Canadian beachfront cottage from Michelle Berwick Interiors complements the ocean view without overwhelming. Even if you can't see the water from your bedroom, this subtle approach to coastal decor, using simple furniture, tones of blue and white, and natural elements can work in any home to add a relaxed, livable feel.

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    Add a Striped Rug

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    Design by Becca Interiors

    The dining room of this Southampton, New York surfing village retreat from Becca Interiors is anchored with a large scale sailor striped rug. Painted shiplap walls, furniture in pale wood tones, and natural accents like wicker pendant lights add timeless coastal charm that could work in any setting.

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    Keep It Minimal

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    Design by Tyler Karu Design +Interiors / Photo by Erin Little

    This Maine kitchen from Tyler Karu Design +Interiors is a clean, minimalist take on coastal decor, with vertical painted white shiplap walls, bare windows, deep blue lower cabinetry, and cool silver-toned accents.

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    Mix It Up

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    Design by Allison Babcock Design / Photo by Matt Kisiday

    This Sag Harbor, New York living room from Allison Babcock Design has an organic coastal feel with its rustic ceiling beams, white walls, and mix of eclectic furnishings and decor.

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    Add Themed Wallpaper

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Tessa Neustadt

    The walls of this cheerful laundry closet from Emily Henderson Design are washed in blue wave motif wallpaper, with white appliances and painted doors strung with hooks for holding everything you need to sweep up those sandy floors.

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    Play with Gray Tones

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    Design by Tyler Karu Design + Interiors / Photo by James R. Salomon

    This Maine coast beach cottage powder room from Tyler Karu Design +Interiors has a weathered wood sink vanity with a blue-gray finish that is complemented with soft gray wallpaper with a subtle nautical rope motif. A beveled mirror and marble countertops complement the cool palette.

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    Keep It Simple

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Tessa Neustadt

    Nothing says coastal like blue-and-white stripes. In this light and bright living room from Emily Henderson Design, a cozy off-white sectional is strewn with a casual assortment of pillows. Simple artwork and painted shiplap ceilings complete the easy, beachy vibe.

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    Hang Vintage Coastal-Themed Art

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    Design by Becca Interiors

    The breakfast nook in this Southampton, New York beach cottage from Becca Interiors is decorated with framed vintage coastal-themed art that adds some quiet kitsch to a corner decorated with antique wood furnishings and a comfortable banquette upholstered in neutral tones.

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    Add Bohemian Design-Inspired Touches

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    Casa Watkins Living

    This compact laundry room from Casa Watkins Living has a coastal blue-and-white palette with bohemian design-inspired touches like bold patterned wallpaper and a woven pendant light that keep it interesting.

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    Add a Spa Vibe

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    This bathroom from Emily Henderson Design has easygoing beach cottage spa vibes, with its soothing blue walls, built-in bench seating, crisp white open shelving stacked with crisp folded towels, and warm-toned wood pegboard hook on the wall for towels and robes.

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    Hang a Gallery Wall

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    Design by Michelle Berwick Interiors

    This homey beach cottage bedroom from Michelle Berwick Interiors has a cozy quilt, a pair of woven pendant lights, and a small gallery wall mounted on the shiplap wall above the bed in lieu of a headboard.

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    Mix Finishes

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    Design by Tyler Karu Design + Interiors / Photo by Erin Little

    Shades of blue on the kitchen backsplash and island, clean white built-in cabinetry, and pale wood accents and flooring bring the coastal beach cottage vibes to this home in downtown Portland, Maine from Tyler Karu Design + Interiors.

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    Paint the Ceiling Beams

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    Design by Allison Babcock Design / Photo by Matt Kisiday

    In this beach front living room in Nantucket, Massachusetts from Allison Babcock Design, shiplap walls and painted ceiling beams add texture to the all-white interior. A mix of furnishings and decor in natural materials like wood and rattan, vivid blue accents, and built-ins styled with books and objects give the cozy space a clean, coastal vibe that could translate to any interior.