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How to Get a Coastal Living Room Look | Creative Tips & Ideas

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Today I’m sharing 5 tips to help you easily create a beautiful blue coastal living room that will give any space an instant upgrade. If you are looking to bring a beachy, coastal vibe into your living room, look no further! Decorating with coastal decor doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In fact, it can be quite easy if you know what to look for and how to accessorize.

Let’s take a look at this space below that I styled from scratch for a recent HomeGoods campaign. From blue, gray and green hues of the sea to modern beachy touches like rugs and pillows, you will see how simple it is to infuse a coastal look in your home.

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5 Tips: Navy Blue Coastal Living Room Design

How Do I Get A Coastal Living Room

To get a coastal living room, you’ll need to think outside the box! Wall color, furniture that has a nautical theme, like a bar stool made from driftwood or an ottoman that looks like a clam shell and wall accents are simple ways to get a beachy vibe.

Blue and White Color

Blue and white living rooms are the essence of a classic coastal living room. The example below shows how I painted the walls white, added a wicker basket and accessories with blue pillows, textured linens and a green palm plant.

5 Tips: Navy Blue Coastal Living Room Design

Coastal Living Room Furniture

Coastal furniture like a white slipcovered sofa, seagrass accent chairs, a wood rustic coffee table with white marble top and a gray distressed sofa table help create a cohesive coastal feel.

5 Tips to Nail a Navy Blue Coastal Living Room
wicker, seagrass, wood and white stone coastal accessories


Greenery and plants can add a coastal vibe to a living room by providing natural, calming elements that evoke the feeling of being near a beach. I purchased several palm plants at Home Depot and placed them inside white pottery vases to add coastal charm.

Adding large potted plants near a large piece of furniture or hanging plants from the ceiling can also bring an airy, light feel that compliments the blues and greens of traditional coastal decor.

5 Tips to Nail a Navy Blue Coastal Living Room
white vases, drift wood coordinated with natural organic elements

Coastal Wall Art

Coastal wall art typically includes prints of scenes depicting the beach, with calming colors like shades of blue, greens, and beiges that evoke a peaceful atmosphere. It often has an earthy, natural feel to it, with elements of sand, driftwood, shells, and other natural objects.

Coastal wall art also ties in perfectly with the beach-inspired décor that is typically found in coastal living rooms. It can bring the feel of an ocean breeze into your home without ever having to leave your couch!

If you are looking for a modern coastal living room feel, try modern coastal living room artwork as a focal point like abstract pieces above with natural colors like blue, green, and beige.

5 Tips to Nail a Navy Blue Coastal Living Room
navy blue pillows coordinating with varying textures of tan and white

Coastal Living Room Decor

Decorating your home with a coastal style can include natural elements such as:

  • sea shells, coral, driftwood and sandy tones
  • organic natural materials for a soft feel
  • blue accent pieces like blankets and pillows to create depth and contrast
  • wood furniture with whitewashed or distressed finishes for an aged look
  • driftwood sculptures and lamps
  • Seagrass, sisal or rope baskets

Grey and Blue Living Room Ideas

In the picture below, a sunny lakeside coastal living room with blue walls painted in Sherwin Williams’ Mount Saint Ann sets the stage at my friends home. A white sectional sofa is slip covered with a light and airy fabric while a cozy blue striped armchair with ottoman provides an inviting spot for reading or conversations. The wooden coffee table from Pottery Barn creates the perfect place to set down books and beverages, while potted palm tree plants add a natural touch to the decor.

Coastal Pottery Barn Living Room on a Budget

The picture below shows our bright and airy coastal living room (at our previous home) with plenty of natural light streaming in from the windows. The walls were painted in a soothing blue-green hue that helps to create a calming atmosphere.

I used white faux linen textured drapes hang from the windows, framing the view. In the center of the room is a white sofa with fabric tufted coffee table set before it and a coastal wood TV stand on one side. A green potted palm plant sits nearby, bringing an extra pop of color and texture into the space. A seagrass rug anchors everything together, adding warmth and texture to complete this coastal look.

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Blue green coastal living room

White & Navy Coastal Living Room

My friend Kim’s coastal home and living room is one of my favorites and I love how she painted her walls and built ins white providing a gorgeous contrast for the sea glass green, blue and tan coastal decor.

blue and green coastal living room

Here is another example of how Kim used Navy on the walls in her kids media room to achieve a beautiful coastal theme.

navy blue coastal living room

White Coastal Living Room

Our white coastal living room has pops of brown through the leather sofa and warm brown beams which coordinates beautifully with the soft blue accent chairs and counter stools. More of a coastal farmhouse theme, this space creates a relaxing lakeside feel.

white coastal living room with blue accent chairs and island stools
Our lake house coastal living room with white walls and blue accents

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With the right furniture, color pallet, decor, and furniture placement, your coastal living room can be a peaceful escape from everyday life. With all these features combined, a coastal living room is sure to make any home feel warm and inviting.

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  1. Sharon Braswell says:

    All of the designs are pretty but the one that really takes me away is the living room you spoke of, ” Last year I designed a Navy Blue Coastal Living Room for HomeGoods at one of their offsite photography studios…” Awesome job!! Your family room is pretty sweet as well. Thanks for the “coastal vacation”. Love your blog and all the sweet posts about your family!! 🙂

  2. Love, love, love this room! You may not have studied to become an Interior Designer, but you certainly design like one. I have used many of your ideas and hints ever since subscribing to your Newsletter. I love the Coastal design. We live on a lake, and though not on the coast, we love living near the water and incorporating the same ideas and suggestions.
    Keep up the good work Jessica.

  3. Can you share a source for that fabulous coffee table?

  4. LOVE the tips! I also love that table – can I order it online?? It’s amazing! If you have a link let me know :0

  5. Would you care to share the wall color? I love your design ideas!

  6. What is the name of the navy wall color? I followed the link to the media room makeover which mentioned Atmospheric by Benjamin Moore. Is this the same one?

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