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Today I am showing you how decorating a coastal dining room with blue decor can be on a budget by adding a few key elements like seagrass chairs, a just a jute sisal area rug, blue wall paint and earth toned / blue decor.
Coastal Dining Room Ideas
If you search google or pinterest for updated coastal dining room ideas, you will find so many inspiring rooms that your head will spin! It’s very easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to start. One of the easiest ways to add a coastal theme to your house is start with organic natural fibers. One being these seagrass dining room chairs to create a contrast and texture between the table and buffet as shown below.
The dining room below is from our old house and I will admit, I miss this dining room set! I love the modern coastal look and I had fun decorating our new lake house “slice of heaven” these past couple months. You can see our coastal living room at the lake house here that I shared last week.
Some of you may remember our kitchen at our last house (below) and how it opened up into our dining room once our renovation was complete. We decided a white dining table with seagrass chairs would coordinate nicely with the new white kitchen.
Here is the new kitchen below.
Today I am breaking down all the components of this room and how to get a coastal dining room look by changing the wall color and decorative elements in the room. I remember when we sold this house and how sad I was to leave behind all the furniture (the new owners wanted to buy the furniture as well) and decorative elements in this dining room. I know the new owners were excited to have the space all set up so I was happy about that :).
Modern Coastal Dining Room
As time goes by, my taste in decor tends to change and in my early 40’s I started to love the coastal style and wanted to add coastal elements to our home. We do not live near the water so while it might seem odd to have a coastal theme if you don’t live near the beach, it really does not matter in my opinion. If you like a style, then go with it!
The white coastal dining room table allowed a neutral backdrop for blue coastal decor and earth toned elements.
The previous dining room (below) , which was featured in This Old House Magazine a few years back (that was pretty exciting!), had a dark gray on the walls (see below) and featured bold pops of color. The dining room was exactly what I wanted at that time in my life but it definitely was not coastal. It was more of a modern cottage theme.
Modern Coastal Paint Colors
The previous dining room was a dark gray color so we switched it up and went with a light green color called Sea Salt by Sherwin-Williams. Sea Salt wall paint is a blue green color that is light and airy. The wall color is neutral and lends a coastal feel without feeling overly beachy.
We added a fresh coat of extra-white by Sherwin-Williams to the lower part of the wall and trim.
If you are looking for an all white paint color that is perfect for a coastal inspired room, click through this post, lake house living room remodel painted in Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. It’s gorgeous!
The coastal dining chairs (these seagrass chairs) are absolutely amazing and give that summer coastal look we were looking for.
This set of seagrass chairs are on sale but do not have cushions (great price thought for multiple colors). If you are trying to infuse a coastal theme in your home, seagrass is one of the best ways to accomplish that.
On a side note, you should see this dining room decked out for Christmas! Click through this post, Christmas Coastal Dining Room to see the gorgeous flocked Christmas tree and beautiful blue, white, teal and brown Christmas decorations.
I wanted to try and add as many different textures to the dining room as possible so the stone candle holders were the perfect choice against the wooden table and seagrass chairs. Mine are old out but I linked some from Amazon at the bottom of the post that are affordable so you can get the look.
The hutch is one that my grandparents gave me years ago when I bought my first house. It was a light brown oak color so I painted it white to help get the coastal vibe I was going after. I will never forget the day I painted the hutch and my grandfather just about died when I caught me painting it. He was so mad at me!
Modern Coastal Decorating Ideas
I prefer an indoor/outdoor rug (we have this one from Dash and Albert) in the dining room. We have dogs, kids and a lot of foot traffic so I find indoor/outdoor rugs clean easily. I consider rugs an investment piece so one big enough for a dining room will most likely run $800 – $1200 for a good one. BUT they will last and if you get sick of it in your dining room, just move it to your patio!
The seagrass chairs came with the seat cushions which was an added bonus.
How Do I Make My House Look More Coastal?
Whether you are decorating a coastal dining room or living room, there are many ways to make your house look more coastal. Besides white furniture and seagrass elements, pottery and ceramic pieces in earth toned colors will help add an organic feel to the room. I filled the hutch with a mix of white pottery pieces and wooden cutting boards to tie in the warm tones that are found in the chairs and floor.
Hydrangeas remind me of my great gram and they are the perfect summer flower for any table. I love how they look with the stone candle holders and cream colored candles. Nothing says classic coastal like hydrangeas and they were the perfect addition to our coastal dining room.
The white dining room table has a section along the bottom of the table that opens and you can store the two leafs.
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Our goal was to create a modern coastal dining room to tie the space in with our newly finished white kitchen. I love the new coastal dining room and all the different textures. Be sure to check out our coastal family room makeover to see how we added coastal elements to that space as well.
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