Dreaming of warmer weather about now? Me too! It has been too long since I walked along the beach and felt the sea breeze in my hair. Back in 2020 (does it feel like a lifetime ago to you too?), we spent a couple of weeks just steps from the ocean, waking each morning to the roar of breaking waves. I doubt that sound would ever get old. Coastal Cottage Escape Design Features brings happy seaside vibes to inspire and warm you to your sandy toes.
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Coastal Cottage Escape Ingredients & Inspiration
Shiplap, Beadboard, and Tongue & Groove
It’s one of my favorite design features of coastal cottage style.
And there are so many options beyond standard strips of shiplap.
Even beaded board is available in different widths and species of wood.
Don’t you love the idea of painting it out in a color other than white?
And how about pairing it with wallpaper?
We opted for reclaimed painted pine for our walls in our former bedroom.
This Stikwood material is super easy to work with, and I highly recommend it for a quick yet dramatic statement wall. It only took us 3 hours to do the expansive wall in our bedroom.
When the whole room is covered in wood and gorgeous millwork, what a dreamy result!
Coastal Color Palettes
Blue and white is a natural pairing for coastal cottages, and since there are endless variations on the theme, no need to worry it is too overdone.
Timeless is timeless!
So many gorgeous sea glass hues to incorporate for accents such as a front door or even interior doors.
White always looks natural too for setting off lush green foliage and blue skies.
But if you’re feelin’ pink…
Need inspiration for a pale and illuminating blue paint color? Try Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light:
F&B calls this paint color the color of summer skies…sounds perfect about now.
Whimsical Patterns in Coastal Cottage Homes
Introducing pattern while preserving a tranquil mood is often best left to a professional designer.
There are so many lovely choices for wallpaper when you’re after a bit of whimsy.
The chevron one also adds architectural interest and for me is suggestive of wood without the expense and work!
Coastal stripes are right at home for upholstery, curtains, and walls.
Isn’t a stripe on the headboard a smart look?
Need an idea for a vibrant avocado green paint color? Try Yeabridge Green!
If you are after a more quiet mood, pattern can still be introduced with a rug in a muted palette.
Rustic Wood Elements for a Coastal Scheme
The whole mood of our former bedroom changed when we added wide plank white oak hardwood flooring and rustic knotty alder doors.
Knotty Alder Interior Doors
Oil rubbed bronze hardware and crisp white painted trim made them feel extra special.
Rustic Textures & Nubby Linen Fabric
Another more rustic (though still elegant) material to impart cottage style? Belgian linen for upholstery and curtains.
This linen quilt has my name all over it…so yummy!
Here’s a texture that instantly brings to mind playfulness, relaxation, and endless summer:
Liberal Doses of White
Ideas for Coastal Cottage Style Beds
Coastal Blue Bedding
In this Palmetto Bluff cottage with interior design by Lisa Furey, there is an adorable porch adjoining the coastal cottage bedroom, complete with this comfy porch swing!
Lovely Porch Swing
If we’re not blessed with a bedroom porch from which to suspend our hanging bed or bench, we could always add a swing in lieu of a bedroom chair!
Coastal Style Lighting Inspiration
For more coastal cottage inspiration see these stories.
Coastal Traditional Makeover
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