Get the Look: Beach Cottage Style

If you’re looking to outfit a shore home, or just create your home have that casual beach cottage look for summer, look no more. Following is a roundup of some of the best examples of sea-inspired products, cottage rooms, and also an explanation of exactly what makes them so darn beachy.

Clayton Gray Home

Kingston Natural Driftwood Oval Glass Cocktail Table from Arteriors Home – $1,145

Driftwood: The sector is full of all kinds of great driftwood products, if it be a vintage-inspired driftwood lamp using a crisp white color, a driftwood coffee table, or a driftwood mirror framework.

Rough Linen

Driftwood adds age, has a history of being beaten by the sea, and a weathered patina.


COCOCOZY: Part-time – $295

Blue and white: Whether it’s stripes, florals or a shell print, then you cannot go wrong with almost any color of blue with white in a coastal cottage.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

Blue-and-white striped blue and wallpaper coral painting provide this bathroom an airy breezy fashion.


Wicker Ottoman | Crate&Barrel – $129

Wicker, rattan, woven textiles: Natural fibers are crucial in attaining a beachy vibe. Wicker and rattan furniture and seagrass rugs add texture.

Mahoney Architects & Interiors

Woven chairs pack a beachy punch in this space, giving a casual vibe to it.


Kylie Chair – $1,449

Casual Slipcovers: Whether it’s ticking stripes or plain white, a slipcover automatically calms the mood; loose covers help everybody relax about sitting on the furniture using a somewhat moist or sandy bathing suit.

Judith Balis Interiors

Slipcovers also make a cottage a whole lot more kid-friendly, as it should be.

Cottage & Bungalow

May River Empire Chandelier – $5,190

Shells: It would not be a shore home without at least a two or shell. This chandelier is a great way to add shells to the decor without creating clutter.

Liz Williams Interiors

Hint: Use shells from a collection. This designer used just a few favorite shells out of her client’s collection and painted the walls supporting them gray. The result is that they stand out and get the attention they’re due.

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Williams-Sonoma Home

Painterly Blackfin Triggerfish – $345

Coast-inspired art: Everything from under the sea (such as fish), over the sea (like classic clipper ship prints) and close to the sea (dunes) are a terrific fit for a beachfront place.

Hint: Look for plates of “shelltanicals” on websites like eBay and Etsy, or even old books filled with them. Set them in identical frames and you’ve got an immediate cottage art wall.

Liz Williams Interiors

When it’s a fine oil painting or a kitschy paint-by-numbers, anything beachy or nautical goes.

Lands’ End

Ellison Plum Jar Lamp – $129

Clear and coloured glass: Whether it’s a sea glass collection, found bottles, or hurricanes, glass is a wonderful texture to grow your beachy scene. In addition, clear glass lamps take up less visual space, if you don’t feel pressured to fill them with your shell collection.

Rachel Reider Interiors

This small bedroom takes full advantage of a clear glass lamp. “Cottage” frequently implies very tiny bedrooms, frequently without cupboards. Because space is at a premium, you’ll want to use it sensibly. This chamber eliminates the need for 2 bedside tables using a floor lamp onto one side. The clear glass lamp saves visual space, and the light palette makes the space appear bigger.

Sundance Catalog

PAINTBOX SIDE TABLE – Negative Tables & Dressers – Bedroom – For Your House | Robert R – $495

Hint: Talking of bedrooms, a good space-saving trick is to use bedside tables with a great deal of storage; some bedrooms are too small for dressers. This eclectic one from Sundance is one of my favorites and is big enough to fit a week’s worth of t-shirts, PJs and unmentionables.

Circa Lighting

Yoke Pendant – $895

Nautical pendant lamps: Take a cue from old boat lanterns when seeking light fixtures.

In Detail Interiors

These pendants add a hint of nautical style for the bright kitchen.

The Home Depot

NuImage Awning 60 In. X 41 In. Fabric Door Canopy – $249

Awnings: These outdoor window treatments are a great opportunity to add colour, stripes, and most important, ruffles for your cottage’s exterior.

Window Works

These awnings for this cottage are like mascara is to eyelashes — that final flirty touch.

Do you have some favorite beachy decor things around your home? Please talk with us in the comments section.

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