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Pottery Barn Coastal Living Room on a Budget

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Today I am sharing how to get a Pottery Barn coastal living room on a budget.  Do you love the Pottery Barn look but not their prices? I am right there with you. I recently helped a friend decorate their new living room on a budget featuring a coastal Pottery Barn living room theme.   

My friend wanted a Pottery Barn look but didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars. She did end up getting a coffee table and side table at Pottery Barn when they were on sale, and honestly, sometimes you just need to wait for the sales when you are decorating on a budget.

Coastal Pottery Barn Living Room on a Budget
I love the white and blue decor in this Pottery Barn coastal living room

Pottery Barn Living Room

Creating a Pottery Barn living room featuring coastal accents is easier than you think!

Let’s take a look at some easy designer tips and tricks that anyone can do, to give their living room a quick makeover.

A coastal style living room will typically feature light blue, green or white walls.

Paint Color

Your wall color is one of the easiest most affordable places to start when decorating a Pottery Barn styled room.

The blue paint color on the wall is Mount Saint Ann by Benjamin Moore.

The blue gray color provides a neutral beautiful backdrop indicative of coastal design. 

Coastal Pottery Barn Living Room on a Budget

The wall color with bright white trim is pretty fabulous right?

Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore is my favorite neutral white paint (see it in our lake house) and looks fabulous paired with the blue Mount Saint Ann color. 

To start this makeover, they needed all new furnishings. They recently moved into their new home and had nothing to start with so they did invest in some key furniture pieces.

White Slipcover Sofa

They ended up getting their slipcovered sectional from a local retailer here in Mass for about $2300.

This sectional from Wayfair (click here) is similar and this smaller sectional (click here) I had at my old house. Both are great options! If buying a white slipcovered couch is not in your budget, you can purchase a white slipcover to put over your existing couch. I have done that in the past and stapled the slipcover to the couch to keep it in place. 

Related: our modern living room with white walls and blue decor accents

Coastal Pottery Barn Living Room on a Budget
Pottery Barn living room

Coastal Rug

The blue and white rug is from a local retailer but this rug option will get you the white and blue pattern look.

Wood Furniture

This coffee table and this round end table are two options. Her sofa table is sold out but you can easily get the look with this one.

Pottery Barn Living Room Ideas

Their end table, coffee table and sofa are all from Pottery Barn (they were on sale and she had a gift card) but the key to getting the Coastal Pottery Barn look is to layer in deep warm wood tones with white (or light colored) furniture.

Coastal Pottery Barn Living Room on a Budget

We mixed in varying sisal and wicker elements from HomeGoods and Amazon which often you can find at Pottery Barn, but at a high dollar amount.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Pottery Barn but often wait for their sales.

Secret Shopping Tip:

Did you know that the Amazon Brand – Stone and Beam is the Pottery Barn “look-a-like” brand? If you like the Pottery Barn decorating style, it’s definitely worth a look. We have several pieces and I have been very impressed with the quality and design.
If you like West Elm, check out Amazon’s brand, Rivit!

Here are 10 easy ways to create an elevated coastal theme in a living room, without breaking the bank.

  1. Paint walls light blue, light green or white
  2. Paint trim and interior doors white
  3. Consider painting interior doors light blue if walls are white
  4. Slipcovered furniture
  5. Wood toned end tables
  6. Seagrass and rattan furniture
  7. Jute or natural fiber rugs
  8. Coastal themed art work
  9. Coastal themed decor
  10. Organic textures and earth toned colors
Coastal Pottery Barn Living Room on a Budget
Rattan tray with blue vase

To achieve the coastal look, we went to Home Depot and got a few indoor/outdoor plants. Large rooms need plants and placing the plants and corners or behind a couch (next to a sofa table) are usually great spots for them.

Throw Pillows

Layering blue pillows (like this one) and this blue and white block pillow  will help add a coastal look.

This textured pillow and sand toned decor elements + coastal print pillows like this one will help you achieve this look in no time.

Coastal Pottery Barn Living Room on a Budget

Pottery Barn Style

The Coastal Pottery Barn look is all about texture and color.

Like I said, blues, whites and sand colors all look great together giving beautiful results but you also need to mix in varying elements of texture through pillows and throws.

Coastal Pottery Barn Living Room on a Budget

We decided to mix blue stripes and paisley designs and a hint of green on the couch and chair.

The green is also introduced through the plants. The slipcovered striped chair and ottoman are also from a local retailer here in Mass but keep reading, I will share options at the bottom of the post.

The wooden off white lamp (this one is similar) from HomeGoods is to die for and was the perfect accent near the sofa table and slipcovered chair.

Not only is it functional but it added the necessary height behind the chair.

Coastal Pottery Barn Living Room on a Budget
Coastal decor

TIP: when it comes to buying decorative accents.

Pottery Barn Coastal Decor

Don’t over think them!

We knew our color scheme was white, blue and sand.

Coastal Pottery Barn Living Room on a Budget

So when shopping for coastal decor, we simply purchased items in those colors.

Anything sisal, wicker, sand, white or blue will most likely always give you a coastal feel, especially if they are boats! -ha

Coastal Pottery Barn Living Room on a Budget
pottery barn coastal living room

Want to see more of their beautiful house?

Check out their waterfront blue lakeside deck living space (click here) I helped them style about a month ago. It’s a winner for sure!

Blue + Coral Lakeside Deck Living Space Reveal
coastal deck on the lake

Hope you enjoyed these easy tips to achieve the Coastal Pottery Barn living room on a budget. If you are looking for more coastal living room ideas, be sure to click through this post, “decorate a coastal living room like a professional designer.”

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  1. I love this room! I live in Mass and am wondering where the couch is from? Jordan’s? Also what color did you go with! Would love to have in my back pocket as I try and convince my husband that we need a new couch 🙂

    1. Yes Jordans! I will find out the exact color but it’s their only off white sectional color choice

  2. Sharon Bernstein says:

    Lovely room! Great job! What is the light blue wall color? Would love to paint my sunroom that color. I am a fan of blue and yellow with white.
    Thank you.

  3. So pretty and welcoming! Love the ducks in boots–can you share where they came from? Prayers still continue for you and your entire family.

  4. Wow, your living room looks amazing! I simply love the style and the color palette. Thank you for sharing the pics!

  5. You mentioned that you bought a slip cover for your couch. My couch is very similar to the one in the room. Where did you get your slip cover? Love the wall color.

    1. Hi, we didn’t buy a slipcover for this couch in the room. This is a couch this is called “slipcovered” (it’s just the style of the couch). BUT you can buy slipcovers online (I have purchased them online at Target and Pottery Barn does sell replacement slipcovers but you would need to make sure they fit your current couch size (if it’s not a pottery barn slipcovered couch). Hope that makes sense 🙂

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