Get a Coastal-Chic Look With These 10 Décor Tips

All that you need to create a sophisticated seaside retreat.

With summer in full swing we have seaside escapes on the mind. While we appreciate a classic beach-cottage look, lately we're drawn to spaces that take the elevated, sophisticated route with their coastal décor, as seen in this space from Haynes-Roberts which appeared in Elle Decor. Whether you're lucky enough to live at the beach, or just like to retreat there in your mind, these 10 tips will help you give your home a chic, coastal look in no time. 1
ShelfThumb Airy, refreshing, and invigorating, white elements such as walls, bedding, and furniture will illuminate your coastal look and provide the perfect foundation for ocean-influenced accents. Incorporating large amounts of bright white into the décor compliments the cool blue and warm wood tones in the other design elements and makes the entire look, cohesive. White Bookcase, $499, CB2
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ChandelierThumb Naturally, nautical and oceanic accents are expected in a coastal home but the key to keeping it chic and not kitsch is using restraint. Rope light fixtures, driftwood accents, found coral accessories, and sea glass elements are stylish components to consider. Nautique Chandelier, $1213, Linens 'N Things
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GlassThumb High-gloss reflective surfaces -- on lacquered furniture, painted walls, or eye-catching accessories - add dimension to these rooms and help balance the more rustic elements by injecting a contemporary component into the design. Plus, their shimmering surfaces are reminiscent of water. Glass Rock Set, $120 for 12, Z Gallerie
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WoodThumb Raw, unfinished wood elements are perfect for casual, yet chic seaside homes. Tables, chair frames, and wall and floor finishes inject an aged, storm-weathered appearance into a space and introduce an organic component into a seaside space. Old Teak Console, $2595, Jayson Home
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_new Patinated, iron and steel items and accents lend an old sea captain, maritime look. A perfect contrast to worn woods while feeling just as appropriate, vintage-appearing industrial elements add dimension and variety to your look. Industrial Stool, $179, West Elm
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DaybedThumb Seagrass rugs, woven blinds, and rattan lighting reigns supreme in these chic homes. We love the unexpected look of woven chair and sofa frames but get a similar, more attainable aesthetic through lighting and area rugs. Sorrento Daybed, $1295, Williams-Sonoma
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PillowThumb The color of water and the sky, blue is an obvious choice for beach-area interiors. Incorporate a range of blue tones from a faint, misty whisper to a deep and stormy navy, but do use restraint and balance these colors with white, wood, and other warm-hued pieces. Ladder Pillow, $215, L'aviva Home
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LightThumb Nautical in nature, brass components are the perfect metallic accent for chic coastal spaces. Their warm undertones and glossy finish complement the white, blue, rope, and wood elements and introduce another layer of texture. Fisherman's Pole Light, $525, Shiplights
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LinenThumb Perfect for taking a beating and hiding it, raw natural linens are great for upholstery and roman shades. Stick to natural, nubby Belgian linen for a sophisticatedly seaside feeling. Belgian Classic Shelter Arm Slipcovered Sofa, from $1995, Restoration Hardware
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RuggyThumb There's something decidedly preppy and beachy about stripes so we would be remiss not to mention how well they work in even the most modern of beach homes. Incorporate them in traditional ways like rugs, pillows, and upholstery, or branch out with striped art, wallpaper, or window treatments. Maroc Lago Wool Rug, from $58, Layla Grace
Photographs: 1. Haynes-Roberts photographed by Simon Upton for Elle Decor 2. Jeffrey Alan Marks (designer and source) 3. Suzanne Shaker photographed by William Abranowicz for House Beautiful 4. Jeffrey Alan Marks (designer and source) 5. Tim Clarke Designs photographed by Noah Webb 6. Haynes-Roberts (designer and source) 7. Kelly Wearstler (designer and source) 8. Jeffrey Alan Marks photographed by Douglas Friedman 9. Olivia O'Bryan photographed by Jessica Glynn 10. Phoebe Howard photographed by Tria Giovan for Coastal Living 11. Kelly Behun and Sawyer Berson photographed by William Waldron for Elle Decor 12. Sawyer Berson (designer and source) 13. Thom Filicia photographed by Thomas Loof for House Beautiful 14. Kelly Deck Design photographed by Barry Calhoun 15. Tom Scheerer photographed by Francesco Lagnese (photographer and source)
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