Cottage style, or American Coastal Decor, is best known for its relaxed, breezy styles featuring lots of layered whites paired with soothing blues & greens along with signature navy and stripe accents.
Coastal inspired rooms allow for many decorating ideas & styles. From crisp cottage decor to exotic and tropical options, here are a few tips to keep in mind as your create your perfect beach room:
Cape Cod or Cottage Style, otherwise known as American Coastal, is often the first design to come to mind when considering nautical decor. This is a relaxed, easy style featuring lots of crisp white paired with soothing blues and natural wood tones. Soft, comfy couches, colorful throws, and nautical themes (think anchors, stripes) are peppered throughout the room.
Use layered whites, tans and creams as a canvas for your bold accents in navy blues, sea glass greens, and vivid reds. Choose elements that give the airy effect you are seeking, paired with bare windows (or light gauzy curtains), and punctuate the space with interesting finds from your beach adventures - sea glass, shells, driftwood.
Full, large fresh flowers, like hydrangeas, look beautiful in short, glass vases. Layer on a coffee table with oversized books.
Vintage finds like bright coastal signs, distressed dressers in nautical colors, or contemporary seascape art add interest and appeal. Signature pieces against a minimalist palette make the strongest statement.
Switch out knobs with sea stones or colorful pulls.
Wide open spaces give the feeling of a walk on the beach. Warm, light toned hardwood or wood laminate floors add a nice clean feel. Consider natural jute rugs to add texture.
Avoid too much clutter and keep the a minimalist approach to styling bookcases and shelves. Wrap different size and shape books in handcrafted or antique white tone paper.
Tropical Island Decor:
To create your perfect bungalow getaway, remember to be bold. Jungle-inspired prints, lush tropical florals, even pink flamingos. Pair an oversized leafy tropical plant with a natural tone rattan planter.
Unlike cottage decor,tropical decor tends to lean more toward heavier, darker wood floors and furniture.
Pineapples are to tropical decor as anchors are to cottage decor. Have fun with this lush fruit as bookends, planters, and other knick knacks.
Jungle animals make great wall prints
Don't be afraid to pop out a neon pink or yellow for a fun addition - table legs, pillows, headboards, dressers.
Banana leaf prints are very popular in fabrics (curtains, pillows, bedspreads) and also wallpaper.