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7 Ways to Decorate with a Coastal Vibe for Summer

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7 ways to decorate with a coastal vibe for summer are simple and will have you infusing a light and airy look affordably.

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7 Ways to Decorate with a Coastal Vibe for Summer

I love coastal decor especially all things from Nantucket! You can add a bit of that style here and there to get that feel with my 7 Ways to Decorate with a Coastal Vibe for Summer.

1- Shades of Blue

For several years now, blue has emerged in a big way in the design world. I've always loved blue, but I think it is safe to say that it has quickly become a favorite for me in not only decor but fashion.

Blue is known for creating calmness and serenity. I guess that is why we feel so calm sitting on a beach and staring at the blue waters and sky.

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Infusing your home with a bit of blue is a great way to make a home feel calm.

There are many blue hues out there so it comes down to personal preference.

A dark navy even looks fabulous with softer shades of blue.

Our walls in the living areas of our home are Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams. We had this painted a few years ago, and it was the best decision ever. It truly works for every season and color scheme for us.

Getting a coastal vibe in your home for the summer by no means means that you have to go and paint all of your walls blue, gray, or white.

I'm a huge believer and working with what you have.

A simple way to add touches of blue into your home is with subtle pops of blue. It can be with a throw rug, a throw blanket, a piece of art, flowers, books, or pillows…..I think you get the picture.

Just think of the colors of the ocean……predominately blues with accents of greens, pink, purple, and even coral.

2- Rattan, Wicker, and Bamboo

Natural fibers like rattan, wicker, bamboo, cane, and even jute rugs and sisal rugs are perfect for a coastal home feel. You can simply get coastal beach vibes by adding a wicker tray to your coffee table and creating a little coastal vignette for a specific area of your room like a coffee table.

Natural materials like these really help to add a touch to the beach house look.

Cane candles are perfect for summer. Anytime I see one at Homegoods, I grab it. They go fast.

3- Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers are a lovely look for your home. Even faux flowers and faux plants will help you get that coastal decorating style. Using bright, white vases is a simple way to add a coastal look for summer.

I prefer to use a combination of them all. Many times I will use artificial on our mantel just because it is rather tall.

There are some really great faux options that you can shop for from the comfort of your own home. The hydrangeas are from the front yard, but the eucalyptus in the pitcher is faux.

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Hydrangeas are the perfect summer flower. We've been planting them in recent years, and starting to get some gorgeous blooms for cutting.

4- Pillows and Linens

Pillows and linens are a fabulous way to incorporate coastal blues. It's also a way to incorporate some crisp whites. You can instantly make a room feel coastal with a blue and white pillow.

Striped throw blankets or white linens work wonders for creating a light and airy look for the season.

5- Shells and Driftwood

Shells and driftwood are quite obvious. We go to the beach a lot living in South Carolina. We've been collecting shells for many years. I have quite the collection. I have a few that I use inside, and I carefully wrap them in tissue to store in the closet after the end of summer.

The shells are special. This little bowl was found in a flea market while in France last month.

They are a reminder of those special trips with the kids through the years.

6- Art

Any kind of art with soft colors works for a coastal style.


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If you really want to infuse a coastal vibe you can add art with sea life, coral, and your typical beach and boat scenes.

Over the mantel would be the easiest spot to change out your art.

You can also use smaller prints and lean those against other art or mirrors.

Etsy is a fabulous source for art prints for seasonal changes.

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7- Blue & White Porcelain

I adore all things blue and white. Looking for that Coastal Grandmother look that has taken over the decor in recent months, then add a bit of chinoiserie.

It can be in the form of a small bowl where you can place shells.

Use a vase for your hydrangeas.

This is from last summer. I used my shells in a small pot along with the blue and white balls.

A garden stool is a nice addition indoors and out. They can work as a stool, an end table, and even a plant stand.

You can see more of my summer looks HERE.

Unless you live in a coastal area, the best ways to add this style is to do it simply and minimally.

Just a few simple throw pillows and natural elements can go a long way! We all have wicker baskets, so bring those into your space and fill them with summery blankets or magazines.

It's all about creating an easy summer look that feels carefree.

These small touches will allow you to enjoy this light and airy look during the summer months.

Are you ready to get that coastal feeling? Have you added any coastal decor pieces this summer? I'd love for you to share with me in the comments.

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Would you believe that I have been friends with Debra from Common Ground for years! French Country has always been a love of mine so it's only natural that I would gravitate to her gorgeous site. Debra is one of the first bloggers that I did tours with all the way back in 2012!

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  1. Christy I loved all of your ideas. I am a blue girl at heart so your house speaks to me. Loving you porcelain blue decorative balls too! Pinned!

  2. So many great ideas Christy! I’m loving your beautiful blue pillows. Every coastal detail is perfection my friend.

  3. All great ideas Christy. I actually hadn’t thought of fresh flowers or driftwood. You’ve turned your home into a coastal oasis. Love each space! Hope you’re having a wonderful summer so far.

  4. Your home is definitely giving off coastal vibes! Gorgeous! I love all the shades of blue and those beautiful pillows. I never get tired of blue accessories! Great to hop with you again!

  5. Hi Christy, you’re so very sweet, my friend. Wow, we do go back a long way, Haha! I think of your home as the quintessential southern home. Always lovely, classic, and comfortable. Your blue and white pieces are so beautiful and displayed so effortlessly. I hope you’re having a wonderful week.

  6. These pops of blue and white are so beautiful Christy! I swear it’s a combination that never gets old no matter what the season and I love the classic way it blends into your Southern style. My parents are looking to paint my childhood home so thanks for sharing your wall color. I’ll definitely pass it along to them! Big hugs and happy summer, CoCo

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