Classic Coastal Living Room

This time of year has me reflecting on one of my first projects – the San Clemente Beach House. It really has the timeless look and neutral canvas of coastal homes. Today, I thought it would be fun to look closely at the main living area of this project and the specific elements that make it a classic coastal living room.

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The main floor of this beach house is an open floor plan divided into several different spaces. With this in mind, the vision for this beach house living room was to create a comfortable gathering place for friends and family while maintaining the elegance of the home. I choose a monochromatic color palette, creating warmth and interest with textures and pattern. The result was a casual yet elegant beach house living room.

The foundation for the space was a neutral rug in a subtle pattern to define the space. Then I choose a sand colored, slipcovered, linen sofa with clean lines for a more updated look.

A large rustic, wood and metal coffee table serves as a display for aqua glass accessories and interesting coffee table books.

For more seating and to add warmth and interest, I added bamboo wood lounge chairs with custom upholstered, striped cushions.

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All of the pillows in the space were blues and grays, but I played with patterns and textured linen fabrics.

A ceramic white stool works as a side table and brings a global element to the room.

For the final touches, I added a natural stained bench add added a pop of color with a soft chevron throw.

The combination of comfortable linens, natural woods an a tone on tone neutral palette created a long lasting beachy look, perfect for entertaining family and friends. To get the look for your own homes see below.  Have a wonderful day!


Classic Coastal Living Room
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Classic Coastal Living Room

  1. White Sideboard
  2. Natural Wood Bench
  3. Aqua Glass Vases
  4. Bamboo Chair or Here
  5. Trellis Pillow
  6. Solid Blue Pillow
  7. Chevron Throw
  8. Stripe Kilim Rug or Here
  9. Rustic Wood and Metal Coffee Table
  10. White Ceramic Garden Stool
  11. Linen Slipcovered Sofa or Here
  12. Paisley Blue Pillow


One thought on “Classic Coastal Living Room

  1. Erica says:

    Love this and was definitely and inspiration! I have a tiny condo and the dining flows into the living area…I chose a teal/indigo rug and two light blue chairs at the end of the table and the rest white slip covered chairs for dining. In the living I did indigo pillows and one gray lumbar on my linen gray curtains have a teal pattern on white background. My question is it it okay that my pillows are indigo and I don’t have any teal on the sofa? Thanks! You are awesome!

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