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:: Use The Walls To Display Your Collection ::

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Vintage swimsuits displayed on the wall of a coastal homePeople are naturally collectors. Sometimes it’s intentional and other times, well, life gets in the way and we forget to throw things away. When we decide on something to collector it seems like that’s all we want. We’re officially on the hunt! After a healthy amount of rummaging through flea markets, antique stores and garage sale, you finally amass a  collection worthy of showing. How are you going to display the collection you worked so hard to find?

We have a suggestion, head to the walls! Walls are a great way to display your collections! They give us plenty of space to show off our finds. Plus they provide extra room for you to add to your collection because let’s be honest, it never stops growing.

Get fancy with the collection and frame it! Frames are a great way to display the collection on the wall and let people know you’re proud of your hard work. Unfortunately, not all of our collections are framable, and that’s fine. Another way is to invest in wall shelves and prop your collection up for all to see. It lets you open up the space for other decor and design elements.

Using the walls helps you make the most of the space in your home and prevents the over cluttering of side consoles or tables. So head to the walls and start displaying your collection today!
Collection of wheels displayed in frames on the wall Model sail boats displayed on the wall Nautical collection of sail boat pictures and modelsNautical floats in all shapes and colors hanging from the wall

:: Go With Gingham In Your Home! ::

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Coastal kitchen with gingham topped stoolsAre you getting enough summer? Are the sun filled beach days and warm nights enough? If not, you should try decorating with gingham! This pattern is the perfect summer pattern! When you see gingham you can help but think of a picnics and the great outdoors. This is why it should be in your home for summer! Get those instant outdoor picnic feels and enjoy your summer inside and outside your home!

Not sure what you should replace with your new found gingham print? Well the secret with gingham print/gingham check, and it’s bigger sibling parttern buffalo checks, is a little goes a long way. It’s easy to go overboard with gingham. So like some things, less is more. Keep that in mind and have fun decorating your way through summer!
Gingham print in a coastal dining room

:: Easy Ways To Decorating Your Living Room ::

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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 easy steps on how to decorate your living room. This will help you on your decorating journey and make the process go a lot smoother. Alright, let’s get into it!

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

:: Decorate With Natural Tones ::

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Dining room decorated with warm, natural tonesHave you enter a space and instantly felt comfortable? Felt at home? Do you ever wonder how a designer does that? Well, to be honest, there’s not just one single way to accomplish that feeling. There are actually many different ways. But let’s narrow down and focus in on one way you can accomplish this feeling in your home. If you haven’t guessed by the title of this post, “Decorate With Natural Tones”, then boy do we have surprise for you!

That’s right! Use natural tones to create a feeling of warm and cozy comfort. Warm tones create a sense of peace and familiarity. They welcome you with open arms and bring joy. Think about golden hour and how the sunset creates a tone of magical light. On the other side, blue tones are regarded as cold and sometimes lifeless. Think sterile, crime show morgue and you can feel how cold and empty the space is. These quick examples show how powerful tones can be in design. They can hit you subconsciously and transform your mood without you even realizing.

Once you realize that the tones throughout your home play a very powerful role, you can use them to decorate. Natural and neutral tones can help create a relaxed feeling and look in the home. It puts you at ease and is easy on the eyes, unlike a bright and colorful home that can bombard your visual sense (no offense to overly colorful homes, we applaud your bold decor). That’s not to say that colors don’t play a role because they can certain play a part in the show. Just apply subtly throughout and use the idea of less is more.

If you want a quick and easy visual reference to what we are talking about, look no further. We’ve grabbed a couple beautifully designed spaces that use natural and neutral tones that evoke the warm sense of welcome. Take a look, catch a feel and let it help transform your design abilities.
Natural tone decorated on a cozy day bed Natural tones in the bathroom

:: Coastal Bedrooms For Kids ::

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Designing for kids is always a blast! You get to decorate with all the fun and playful options that you normally don’t get to. Dust off that crazy imagination and get ready to collaborate with the most fun clients around – kids. The excitement that comes from them participating in the design of their new space is what it’s all about. Let’s take a look a few rooms to get you in the right design space and bring out your inner child!

Colors, color, colors! You have an endless color options and palettes to work with when it comes to kids’ bedrooms. No color is off limits. Not all designers want to stray too far from the overall style and feel of the home’s decor which means they won’t go too crazy with the colors. And others will let the kids pick out their favorite colors and go wild! It’s a great way to get the kids involved and creates a fun environment for them to be themselves. You don’t want them waking up in a dark, gloomy space do you? No way! So bring out the colors!

Looking to bring a little color to the kid’s bedroom, but not wanting to go all out? Then colored accents are your new best friends! Use accent colors to bring small pops of bright colors into the space without going overboard with colors. Stay true to the home’s overall theme and still have a little fun in the kid’s room. Accenting the right pieces can be tricky, you want the accented pieces to be noticed, however, you don’t want eyes to linger on them. Start with a few accented pieces and then add or subtract from there.

You can bring fun design pieces into the kid’s bedroom that both of you will like! Do you have an extra model sail boat, vintage chest or rustic dresser that needs a home? Well, there’s no reason to count out the kids’ bedrooms. They will get a kick out of having something like a model sail boat in their room and you can finally display it instead of hiding it in the garage or attic.

Speaking of model sail boats, they are the perfect addition and decor pieces for the kids’ bedrooms. Designers beware, you may want to avoid investing in antique or vintage model because they are more than likely going to be looked at as toys and not models. We all know where that leads – broken or ‘lost’.

Not into bright colors? Here’s kids’ bedroom designed with soft, neutral colors. It’s simple, calm and inviting. There’s nothing over the top about this space and there doesn’t need to be; sometimes less is more. We love a space that looks like it was put together effortlessly and this has just that look.

:: Oar Decor ::

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Coastal cottage with nautical inspired decorIf you’re looking to add nautical flare to your home then look no further because we’ve got exactly what you need! That’s right! We’re talking about oars! It’s a simple way to bring nautical charm to your home. You can mount them on the wall and display them like art or decorate them around the house to create full spaces. Oars can be a great vintage piece to add to your coastal home as well. Head out to flee markets or antique stores to hunt down the perfect, vintage oars for your walls! Check out how these designers have used oars to decorate these spaces. Get inspired by the oars and bring more nautical style to your home today!
Coastal dining space with nautical decorations Cozy coastal cottage dining space Simple coastal bedroom with oars hangin on the walls as decorationCoastal living room with nautical decor inspiration

:: Decorating With Shiplap ::

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A coastal kids bedroom with nautical, beach details and shiplap wallsShiplap paneling is a great way to bring texture and fun, nautical detail to your coastal home. It’s been showing up more and more in homes and offers a great look! But what is shiplap paneling? Shiplap paneling typically consists of wood boards that are fit together by halving so that each overlap onto the one below it. We included the word “typically” because it you can look into using other faux materials. This style of paneling was originally intended for outdoor use given the overlapping and the wood, but has naturally found it’s way indoors. Using shiplap paneling indoors opens up your options to more colors, materials and design styles. They can be used in many places throughout the home. Rooms like the kitchen, the living room, the bathroom, the bedroom and just about anywhere that has wall space. We’ve gathered a few examples for all of you to get a visual of what we’re talking about. Check it out!
Clean, coastal home with an eclectic decor style and shiplap walls Coastal bathroom with a large tub, minimal details and shiplap walls Minimal coastal details in the living room and dining room with shiplap walls Shiplap ceiling details in a modern coastal kicthen

:: Using Furniture To Anchor A Coastal Living Room ::

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A coastal living room with fun, electic decorThe living room is an essential room in every home. It gets used daily and is often one of the most seen rooms in the house. That means design in the living room is crucial. One way to ensure design success in the living room is to properly anchor the room. Anchoring is just a fancy term that refers to pulling the room together and there are many ways to anchor a room. The most known would be to use a rug, or rugs, but one of the beautiful things about design is how there are more than one way to do things.

Today we’re exploring the option of using furniture to anchor the living room. It’s a way that offers another design element and mixes up the typical design style. The best way to anchor a room using furniture is to use a neutral colored sofa and matching chairs. There are two reason why they should be neutral colored and these pieces specifically.

First, these pieces in neutral colors are important because they are going to be large pieces that every living room needs. They will take up space and will stand out if they are a bright, loud color.

Second, the neutral colors allow you to build, layer and design on top of them. Set bright red pillows on the sofa to match the red striped rug you lay or the red side table you set in between your neutral colored chairs.

By using these pieces and neutral colors it allows the eyes to see them, but not fixate on them and move onto the more important design elements of the living room. Also, if you have the space, you can use two neutral colored sofas to anchor the space and now your chair options are as open as the color palette you choose.

We’ve gathered a few images to give you a visual of what we’re talking about. Each image shows a beautiful, coastal living room that is anchored by furniture. These spaces are anchored by furniture and allow the designer to decorate the rest of the room as they please. Have a look, take notes and be inspired to try this technique in your home.
Coastal living room with electic patterns and decor Coastal living room with fun and colorful patterns Coastal living room with small accent decor pieces Coastal living room with white sofa and chairs and colorful decor

:: Use Your Words ::

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A good way to get your style across is to go out and say it. It’s fun to pick words that compliment the design and look great in the home. You can even style them in a couple different ways. Mount them up on the wall or display them on their own. Get creative with the letter styles and words that you come up with. Make them ocean themed or even customize them to your family. The possibilities are endless! 

:: Go Big With Your Art! ::

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Creative way to show off art. Create a shelf and place the frame on it.We think that no wall should be left behind! No wall shall go bare while there is art out in the world to hang on it! That’s why you should go big with your art. Cover as much of that wall as you can. There are many ways to do this: get one large piece to cover the wall, create a gallery wall, or get creative with how you display it (like the picture shown above). The bottom line is you get to cover your walls and you get to show off some great art. It’s truly a win-win, especially for those home owners that are fortunate enough to have large spaces. Use large art or gallery walls to fill the space. Using art to cover the walls can give the room a fuller, richer feel when you enter it. Take a look at what these designers have done with these spaces and how they’ve used art to not only cover the walls, but pull the room together.

Are you looking to invest in some art for your home? Check out our art on our online website here!
Beautiful ocean artwork hanging above the dining space Coastal art hanging on the wall in the living room Large sea inspired art hanging in a coastal bedroom Shell art hanging on the wall in a coastal living room