In today’s interior design world, style names are thrown around everywhere and slapped on everything. There are the main style categories, like our favorite coastal, and there are usually multiple sub-style categories in each style. It can get quite confusing at times and makes it easy to get lost in decor styles. Well want to help you with that! We’re going to take a look at a few sub-styles in coastal design with our main emphasis being on coastal styles because, well, we love coastal decor! This way we’ll give you the style name, show you a piece of furniture that fits that style and give you a little info as to why it’s labeled the way it’s labeled. Please keep in mind, this is not an absolute guide! There will be pieces in each style that look very different, but are classified in the same style and some pieces that you don’t know what to do with! Our descriptions are based on the piece we have featured in the post. So keep that in mind! Now scroll down and get to know a few sub-styles in coastal decor!
This side table is about as rustic coastal as it gets. How can you tell? It looks weathered, the color is a typical coastal palette color and it’s made of wood. Rustic coastal is an easy style to spot. It tends to looks 0ldish and it looks like it was found on or near the beach. This style can easily be confused with cottage coastal, american coastal scandinavian coastal (based on color), or even the main style rustic. What separates the styles? A lot, but for this piece it’s the look of the weathered wood matched with the bright, coastal color that’s faded like it’s been sitting out in the sun.
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This style is synonymous with clean lines and sleek decor. What makes this side table modern coastal? The lighter, wood top and the clean, metal legs. It would blend effortlessly into a modern living room or bedroom. Does this mean all side tables and furniture that have wood tops with metal legs are modern coastal? No! Of course not! This table’s light wood colored, weathered top gives the piece a look that would be welcomed into a coastal home. This style can be confused with eclectic coastal and industrial coastal.
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This style is an easy one to pick out. You ask yourself one simple question: If i were on a tropical island, would I see this piece of furniture there? If it’s an easy yes, then it’s tropical coastal decor. It’s really that easy. The style uses a lot of bamboo and other natural tropical woods in the furniture which makes spotting these pieces quite easy. This style can also be known as island style or beach style because of the natural feel it gives.
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The beach cottage and coastal rustic design styles are staples in coastal decor. We’ve put these two styles together because they really go hand in hand. The beach cottage style is all about comfort, being cozy and weathered decor. Doesn’t that sound just like rustic coastal decor? It does to us too, so that’s why we gladly combine these styles! Without further adieu, let’s get into what makes the beach cottage/coastal rustic decor unique.
The first thing you notice about the beach cottage/coastal rustic style is the immediate comfort the space offers. This style is all about welcoming you into a cozy space that you can curl up in on a cold winter night or take it easy on a hot summer day. The decor style invites you to forget about your worries and let go. You will also notice all of the textures that come along with the style. This is due to the fact that this style heavily incorporates weathered and vintage pieces. Another big theme throughout the style is the wood work. Whether it be the floors or furniture, there’s going to be wood. It’s most likely going to be stained, weathered or painted because that’s what the style calls for. It’s also very common to see wood paneling on the walls. This adds to the decor and the wood theme is usually carried throughout the home.
Cottages are known to be cozier (word friendly version of small) and that means you have to get creative with the space. That can mean little nooks, built in’s and many other creative ways to utilize the small amount of space you have to work with. Of course not every coastal cottage is small. Some have a lot of space and give the designer the opportunity to play in it. So instead of using standard, cottage friendly furniture pieces they can use larger ones that can add dramatic depth and style to the space.
The furniture used in this style is usually wood based. It keeps with the cottage theme and ties in with the wood flooring that’s already in place. Designers have been known to work in a few pieces that incorporate metals, but they are used sparingly in the home. The pieces also tend to have a vintage, rustic look. This gives the designer the opportunity to actually work with real vintage pieces that give the home unique charm. This idea carries through to the accessories and where we think the style really comes through. The accessories are the whipped cream and cherry on top! It’s very common to see trunks and weathered coastal inspired pieces in this style. Like old pieces off sail boats, vintage looking art and lots of driftwood. This style also gives way to the use of vintage knick knacks throughout each space. The designer can really have fun and get creative with what vintage accessories they want.
If you weren’t already sold on this style, we’ve got a few pictures for you guys to check out and see what we’re talking about. We tried to give you guys a mix of what’s out there when it comes to the style without branching off into any other style (which is a lot harder to do than you think). If you have anything to add to our beach cottage, coastal rustic design style post please let us know! We’d love to know your favorite design aspects of the style and anything you think we should know!
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There are different styles and design elements in decor. With coastal decor, and many other design styles, there isn’t just one, cookie cutter way to go about it. With all the unique styles and tastes out there the decor is going to change from person to person. Modern coastal decor brings all of our favorite coastal colors and tones with sharper, cleaner edges and shapes. Modern decor has a very geometric look by itself. When you bring coastal decor into the design mix you get some fun, unique shapes and spaces.
Modern coastal decor is a simple and minimal style; less is more when it comes to the modern coastal look. Just like any style, it isn’t limited to any specific hues or furniture. It can have a bright and bold palette or a calm neutral palette. Take a look at some of these examples we have for you. If you like some of the elements use them to inspire you and possibly work the modern coastal decor style into your home. It’s always fun and interesting to see new or different ways of designing. Are you guys fans of modern coastal decor? Let us know! Tweet us at @tuvaluhome, leave a comment on here or let us know on our facebook page!