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:: Stress-Free Coastal Living Room Design ::

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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 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!
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:: 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!
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:: 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.
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:: Cool Off This Summer With A Nice Drink ::

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coastal bar area setup on a side table ready to entertain

Cool off this summer with a chilled, refreshing drink. Whether it be an ice cold lemonade or your favorite summer cocktail, there’s always time to relax and take a load off. One way to make sure you can do just that is to have your home bar set up and ready to serve. It’s the perfect thing for those summer get togethers.

Set it up outside in the backyard and let the party begin! Check out some of these beautiful home bars and see what you should be doing this summer!

Looking to set up a little bar in your home? Then check out what we’ve got on our online store here!
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:: Get Design Ideas Straight From The Boat ::

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Coastal home using a oat propeller as a design accessoryWhen it comes to nautical home decor, one of the best places take inspiration from are boats. These are equipped with amazing pieces that happen to fit perfectly into any coastal home. We’re talking everything from ropes to buoys and more.

If you’re looking to a ship for design pieces, you can almost take the whole thing and use any part of it. Think about what you could do with a little reclaimed boat wood? How about those cleats and ropes? Heck, even the life saver can be used as an art piece! We’ve definitely seen a couple of those hanging on walls. The limit to what you can use in your home as an accessories is only your imagination.

Seriously, next you see a bot just imagine what piece you can use in your home, inside or outside, and how much nautical style it can bring. Coastal living room with buoys for decor Hanging oars as wall art in a nautical style home Side console using rope and cleats Wooden buoys as decor pieces

:: 3 Jute Rugs For Any Coastal Home ::

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Jute striped rug in the hallway of a coastal home

The odds are good that if you’re in a coastal home there’s a jute rug in it. If there’s not one in there, there’s always room for one! They have become a staple in coastal home decor and for good reason. They are great rugs that not only last, but offer great texture and style to any space it’s laying in. Check out these three rugs we have at Tuvalu Home!

dash and albert blanco juniper jute woven rug1. dash & albert blanco juniper jute woven rugdash and albert jute ticking indigo woven rug2. dash & albert jute ticking indigo woven rug

herringbone gold braided jute rug

3. herringbone gold braided jute rug

See more of our jute rug selection many more online in the Tuvalu Home rug section!

:: 3 Table Lamps For Any Coastal Home ::

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Coastal vignette in the entrway with a simple, clean lookA good table lamp is a game changer. It is a detail that can have a big impact on design, style and mood. They turn can turn dark spaces into lively and vibrant ones that offer a cozy place to entertain or relax. With such a range and variety of lamps out there, you can find the perfect table lamp for any space. This week we share with you three table lamps for any coastal home. There are endless options out there, but we’ll start with these three.
Jamie Young Verona Table Lamp1. Jamie Young Verona Table Lamp

Add an extra pop of color to any space in your home with this gorgeous ceramic table lamp. Traditional colors of blue and brown in a medallion pattern create a stunning, yet classic timeless look. The pairing with a more natural burlap shade gives an organic twist, broadening the array of many style decors this lamp will work.

Jamie Young Bandeau Table Lamp 2. Jamie Young Bandeau Table Lamp

This table lamp features a warm, wood base with natural grain details and a warm metal detail in the center. The white linen shade has a beautiful burlap trim to balance the wood base. Jamie Young Extra Large Plum Jar Table Lamp3. Jamie Young Extra Large Plum Jar Table Lamp

Elegant blue glass adds sophistication and character to any space. This perfect blue color can accent nautical and glamorous decor alike!

Find more table lamps on the Tuvalu Home website!

 

:: Geometric Patterns In Coastal Homes ::

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Coastal cottage with stripes and geometric patternsPatterns are a staple in coastal home decor. With many of the common patterns used in coastal homes, a new one has been showing up. The geometric pattern has been spotted offering a fun and unique way to add some character and style to a space.

Geometric patterns effortlessly make their way into coastal homes because of their playful style. They’re also a quick step away from the classic stripe patterns that often show up in nautical home and beach cottages. The two patterns can be used to play off of each other, but the geometric pattern can quickly steal the show.

With the eye catching style of geometric patterns, a little accent piece is all you need. It’s easy to add a fun pillow, throw or rug to add a pop of style to the space. With the sharp lines and repeating patterns our eyes are naturally drawn to the patterns. This creates a fun accent piece that can help carry the eyes through the room.

Get inspired by this fun and energetic pattern! The geometric lines and shapes will be a fun addition to the home and add a great focal point!
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:: Bring Out The Blues ::

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Coastal cottage living room decorated with indigo blue dye pillowsThere is nothing more coastal than the color blue. When you drive down PCH you see the endless blue ocean paired with beautiful blue skies. It’s an amazing color that offers a wide range with hues from dark to light. Let’s not forget that the color was basically created for coastal homes.

The wide range that blue hued accessories and decor come on brings an endless supply of options for the home. From pillows to wall art, the color is can be used for everything. Blue hues happen to pair well with most colors as well. It really pops out on light color palettes and becomes the instant point of attention in lighter spaces.

Get inspired by these wonderful spaces using blue hues to their full potential. We would say try using some blue in your home, but chances are you already are!

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