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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

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:: Say It With A Sign ::

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A tropical inspired living room with fun wall artYou can never have enough art in your home. Art can be as abstract and crazy as you want or it can flat out say exactly what you want it to. Why beat around the bush?

Use art to say what’s on your mind! We tend to see signs and art in coastal homes that say something about the beach or the beautiful beach city they are located in (Shout out to Laguna Beach!) and we love that. We love it because that’s something you don’t see in other home decor styles. You might find a Victorian style home with a sign that says, “God Save The Queen,” but that’s probably it. Chances are you won’t find a sign that says, “Hello Gorgeous.”

Have fun with the art and signs you place around your home. Take a look at how these spaces are saying something with the art. If you want to bring more art into your home, check out what we call ‘the written word’ section on the Tuvalu Home online store here!

Coastal bedroom with life is beautiful wall art Coastal details with cute accessories and art

:: 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!

 

:: Decorate With Sea Glass ::

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Coastal living room decorated with sea glass inspired huesDecorating your home with beautiful sea glass is a sure way to give your home the perfect coastal feel. You can’t go wrong with the coastal blues and greens that sea glass naturally has.

The cool, coastal blues that are complimented by the greens set the perfect tone throughout any coastal home. You can utilize these colors in multiple ways with all the natural hues that you get from sea glass. You can use pastel blues and greens or even use bold ones. If you want to get extra wild you can always mix the two together.

Check out what some of these designers have done and used sea glass colors in these spaces and get inspired by sea glass!Coastal sea glass decor used throughout the lving room Sea glass details in a coastal kitchen Sea glass inspired chandelier in the dining room

:: 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!

Coastal dining space with different hues and shades of blue decor Cozy coastal cottage decorated with blue hues Open coastal living room decorated with dark, rich blues

:: Let It Shine! ::

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Coastal vignette with a gold bamboo mirrorDon’t let the sun stop shining this summer! The sun may set, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep it bright with a little gold decor!

Gold is a fun color to work into your decor. It can be used in a couple different ways. You can make a statement with it and go bold with your gold. Use the color’s bright hue to really give the room some pop and a little touch of glam. Make it fabulous!

If you’re not looking for bold, you can use your gold pieces as little accents. Use the color to compliment the other hues in the space and just drop little hints of gold throughout the space.

Check out how these designers use gold in these spaces and then start your treasure hunt to add gold to your home! Gold pendant lights and indigo style bar stool chairs in a coastal kitchenGold lamp in a coastal home living room

:: Using Warm Tones To Decorate For The Summer ::

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Yellow accent colors in a coastal cottage living roomThere are plenty of ways to bring summer into your home. One fun way to show your summer love is to decorate with warm hues. They’re bright, colorful and they really shines!

Like the our beloved summer sun. Warm hues bring an instant cheerful and happy feeling to any space. The hues promote light and warm in the space which make it feel more like summer. Imagine all those beautiful summer days and sunsets in your home!

Check out some of the pictures in this post for a clear example, but there’s plenty of spaces out there that embrace warm hues. Most importantly, make sure you enjoy your summer inside and outside! Don’t forget your sunscreen!Warm hues in a coastal cottage living roomCoastal bedroom decorated with a vibrant, yellow pattern

:: Does Your Living Room Flow? ::

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Coastal cottage with noticable texturesWhat is flow? Flow is the ease of movement through a space. It means we aren’t tripping over ottomans, weaving betweens chairs or scooting around coffee tables when we try to move through a living room.

There is no reason your living room should not flow.

If it does not flow it typically means one of two things. First, there’s just too much stuff. Get rid of what is unnecessary. Store it, sell it or donate it. Second, you didn’t plan. You should always know your measurements. Know the measurements of the space, the furniture you’re trying to put in the space and the negative space.

Negative space is the area you actually live in. It’s the space between the coffee table and sofa where your legs go. It’s the space that you use to float that pouf between your chairs and sofa. When you plan the space for actual room to function and live in you will find the flow throughout the space.Eclectic coastal living room with tall ceilings making it feel very open Modern coastal living room Open coastal living room with modern and cottage style

:: Go With A Round Mirror Instead ::

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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