:: Stress-Free Coastal Living Room Design ::

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Tuesday Tips

Coastal living room witha beauitful view!Decorating a living room can be a stressful project to take on. You start the project with high hopes and a dream of new beginning in your living room. Well, once you get started you find out quick that this is never the case. So why not give yourself a head start and plan it right? We’ve got 3 stress-free tips on how to decorate your living room. This will help you on your decorating journey and make the process go a lot smoother. Let’s start decorating!

1. Work It or Toss It.

First thing you need to do is find out what’s staying and what’s going. Are you completely redoing the whole living room or are you keeping certain pieces? Take a look at what you want to keep in the space and how you’re going to use it. Does it need to be a repainted? Reupholstered? Moved? Find out what you want to keep and what will work with your new decor idea. If you it’s old, broken, no longer needed or doesn’t fit in the new decor style then get rid of it.

2. Decide On Your Colors.

Next it’s all about the colors. Deciding what color palette you want to use is a huge part of the decorating battle. Once you’ve picked your colors it’s all downhill from that point on. Actually picking your colors can be a difficult process if you have no idea what you want. Try looking at other spaces to find color palette inspiration or head down to your local hardware store and grab some swatches to play around with. Just be certain on what colors you want because no one wants to repaint a freshly painted wall right after you change your mind.

3. Add Your Style.

This is the most important part of the process. Don’t forget to add your personal style to the space. Try not to get caught up in what other designers or friends are doing. Don’t get us wrong, definitely use other’s design ideas for inspiration, but do it in your own way. The best part of adding your style is that it is constantly and always evolving and changing. There’s no time limit on your design process so it’s okay to take your time and really figure out what you want to add to the space. Maybe you want to go minimal and modern coastal or nautical with your living room. Find out what you want and then let the decorating begin!
Coastal living room with coasatal art on the wall Simple coastal cottage living room Tropical coastal living room with an amazing vewCoastal living room decorated with stripes and fun patterns

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:: Coastal Home Decor Pins 120 ::

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Monday Pins

Coastal kitchen with beach cottage styleIt’s Monday and that means we have new coastal home decor pins for you! This week we have been inspired by coastal cottages and all of the cozy vibes they bring. There’s something that is so special about a coastal cottage and the way it instantly makes you feel at home. Maybe it’s the natural textures or the easy on the eye style, but one thing we do know is that we love it! Hopefully these pins and cozy beach cottages start your week off in the right direction. Happy Monday everyone!

Are you looking for more coastal cottage decor? We have that and many other coastal styles on the Tuvalu Home Pinterest!
Coastal living room with lots of natural light Details in a coastal cottage hallway Nautical inspired decor in the bedroom Simple coastal style bedroom

:: Pedestal Dining Tables ::

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Cute an beachy dining spacePedestal tables offer a lot more than meets the eye. They offer more space, both in actual table top space and seating options, and give everyone a seat at the table. That means everyone gets enough room and there isn’t an awkward person trying to lean in to be a part of the conversation.

A pedestal table is nice change of pace from traditional dining table options. They help out in those tight spots by creating extra space and give you a little wiggle room in the corners.

These tables typically come in two sizes: large and small. A large pedestal table is great way to entertain more than two to three people. They offer the space you need and give everyone the opportunity to comfortably interact with one another at the table. For those of you with small nook or kitchen space, you’d be more interested in a small pedestal table. They seat two to three comfortably and create a person and intimate experience while filling the small amount of space provided.

Take a look at these great pedestal tables below! See how they are used and how the designers placed them in the space!
Pdestal stable with bamboo chairs around it Pedestal table in a chic, modern style dining space White coastal dining space with a round dining table

:: Add Coffee Table Books For The Complete Coastal Look ::

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Beautiful coastal coffee table books and decorIs your coffee table missing something? You have your coral, your flower or plant, but you still feel like it’s missing something. Try adding coffee table books!

Coffee table books are great way to display your interests and compliment your decor. They are a great accessory that can fill space without creating clutter. You can stack a few of your favorites and create a pedestal for another accessory as well, like a stunning white piece of coral or a wonderful smelling candle. Make those accessories work for you! It’s also fun to toss home decor books on the coffee table to have them accessible for inspiration.

Take a look at these coffee table books and see how you can use them on your coffee table!
Coffee table books and blue and white chinoiserie Coffee table decor styled with coral, shells, books and moreCoastal details in the living room Coffee tables books in a coastal home

:: Coastal Home Decor Pins 119 ::

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Monday Pins

Coastal bedroom with striped patterns throughout the spaceIt’s Monday and that means it’s time for your coastal home decor pins. This week we’re all about the bedroom with the gloomy SoCal weather we’re experiencing today. We want to be cozied up in bed, nice and toasty which sparks the inspiration for this week’s pins. Take a look at these coastal bedrooms and remember how much you miss your bed this morning. We hope you have a good day and get back to your comfy bed soon! Happy Monday!

Find more coastal home decor and inspiration on the Tuvalu Home Pinterest!
Coastal details in a bedroom with bunk beds Cozy bedroom with blue hues and natural textures Eclectic coastal bedroom with fun accessories White color palette in a coastal bedroom

:: Tuva-Luvs – Gracie ::

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Thursday Tuva-Luvs

This week our Tuva-Luv is brought to us by Gracie! One of her store favorites is the Dash & Albert trimaran stripe pouf! Set sail for high style with the classic nautical stripe in a horde of happy hues. This pouf is made of extra-durable polypropylene and filled with polystyrene beads, making them perfect for the porch or patio, the living room, kids’ rooms, and even the boat. Shop the Dash & Albert trimaran stripe pouf now!

Find this store favorite and many more favorites on the Tuva-Luvs page!

:: Pendant Lights In the Kitchen ::

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Coastal kitchen with a pendant rope lightPendant lights are a great way to bring light and style into your kitchen. They work offer even more when you have a nice island space to display them over. They’re perfect for task lighting and can add the right touch of coastal feel to any kitchen. Pendant lights also provide a fuller look in the kitchen since they hang from the ceiling. It give the eyes something extra to enjoy.

You can get pendant lights in a variety of sizes as well! You can grab a large pendant and make a bold statement or grab a few smaller ones to highlight the space. You can find the right one the that works for the space available to you. So if you want to change things up in your kitchen and you aren’t looking to break the bank, it’s time you look into pendant lighting in your kitchen.

Not sure where to start? Get inspired by these beautiful coastal kitchens and then start shopping our online store for pendant lights here! Nautical inspired pendant lights in a coastal kitchen Pendant lights made out of bambooPendant lights hanging in the kitchen

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:: Have You Ever Considered Designing With A Round Mirror? ::

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Round mirror hanging in a coastal vignette with modern piecesA mirror is a great piece to add to your entryway or a vignette. They can help bring light to the space and add a different look than the usual wall art. To take it up a design notch, try incorporating a round mirror. They offer a unique look and style that the typical mirror cannot.

People often ask, what are the rules to hanging mirrors or artwork? What are the measurements? Let us sum it up quickly and easily for you guys:

1. The mirror or artwork should be two-thirds (2/3) or three-fourths (3/4) as wide as the side console. Get out those rulers and start measuring!

2. If you are hanging a mirror or artwork above a side console or furniture you typically hang it 3-8 inches above the furniture. This is a general height that can be adjusted to your liking and will depend on how large or small the piece you are hanging is.

3. If you are hanging a mirror or piece of artwork on a wall on its own, depending on the size of the piece being hung, you typically hang it 55-65 inches above the floor. The general measurement depends on how high the wall is and what is to be hung.

These measurements are of course general guidelines that will get you started on your designing you space. At the end of the day, it’s your mirror or artwork being hung so do what you think looks best. If you want your art to bigger than your side console than be our guest. It is your home after all.

I know we got lost in the measurements, but a round mirror is a fun piece to add to you home. Check out these round mirrors to get inspired by the look and play with the idea of one hanging in your home.
Round mirror hanging in a vignette filled with natural textures Round mirrors in a coastal bathroom Simple coastal vignette with a round mirror hanging above Stylish round mirror in a costal entryway

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Monday Pins

Coastal bedroom with bunk beds and fun fushy patterned pillowsIt’s Monday and that means it’s time for your coastal home decor pins! Get those pin buttons ready ladies and gentlemen, because we have five fresh pins ready for those coastal design Pinterest boards. This week we have a fun mix of coastal cottage styles that inspire us. We hope you have a great week and a very happy Monday!

Do you want more coastal inspiration of your home? Then head on over to the Tuvalu Home Pinterest!
Coastal details in a coastal living room Coastal details in blue, green and white hues in a bookshelf Coastal living room space with lots of blue hues Cute cottage syle in a coastal bedroom

:: Stripes + Coastal Decor ::

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Beautiful coastal home with nautical inspired decor and fun unique stripesStripes come in every size and shape imaginable. Okay, maybe not shape since stripes are just straight lines, but you get the idea. That’s why when you stumble across unique ways that designers have incorporated stripes into coastal home decor, you pay attention.

We love finding new and interesting ways that make us think about design. Maybe it’s as simple as layering stripes to add a new dynamic or adding stripes to place you normally wouldn’t think to try. It’s always fun to try and pair stripes with new and different patterns and textures. It’s also nice surprise when you find an unexpected match in patterns.

Take a look at what these designers have done with stripes and get inspired to broaden your way of thinking when it comes to stripes and designing.
Coastal dining space with layers of stripes to create a unique lookMixing stripes to create a unique dynamic in the coastal decor