Of all the lies we tell ourselves about interior design, one of the most detrimental ones may be that we cannot have more than one style showcase in our space at once. In many ways, there is pressure for us to choose what style we align with most, and then religiously stick to it. This means that many of us are forced to choose if we are modern or traditional, industrial or warm, or colorful or subdued.
The truth is, though, that interior design is more complicated than this. We believe that the best design choices come when there are more than one styles at play. In this article, we will look at the best outcomes of combining coastal decor with a farmhouse style — two tastes that truly complement one another.
One of the first design decisions that you will make about a room that you are renovating is the kind of lighting that you would like to use. We find that this wicker hanging light pendant from Wayfair perfectly encapsulates the laid back beach vibes and the artsy farmhouse tinge.
Terrariums are a wonderful way to bring some of the outdoors into your living space, but what if you want something a bit different than your standard green terrarium for your beach house? This example from Sand and Sisal shows you how impactful a small terrarium can be when filled with a thin layer of sand as well as beach shells and succulents.
Farmhouse Paint Colors
If you are in the initial phases of planning your farmhouse coastal decor, you will want to choose a colour palette. Although what constitutes a coastal farmhouse colour palette is up to a certain degree of interpretation, we love this collection of hues that are inspired by the sky and sea.
If there is one thing that the beach house is perfect for, it’s reading! You will want to make sure that you have all of your classic novels at your quick disposal by storing them on a bookshelf. And, if you’re going to have a bookshelf, you will want to make sure that it fits into the overall theme of your house — like this farmhouse-beachy selection that has been thoughtfully appointed with decorative shells and tinted glass.
As we mentioned earlier, light fixtures are the very pulse of your interior design. Hanging rustic light bulbs are a common motif in farmhouse design —you can make them costal by using a light shade of wood as their backdrop, as seen here.
Metal fixtures and accents are often thought of as part of industrial or modern design, but they are also an important part of farmhouse palettes. You can use a metal light fixture such as this one within your coastal farmhouse aesthetic, though you will want to use it sparingly in order to preserve your easy breezy beach vibes.
If you are a fan of entertaining, you will want to incorporate some decorative touches to your home that will make your guests feel welcome. This gorgeous table top from Lauren McBridge makes use of gorgeous green and blue glassworks and tan placements that together create a totally relaxing vibe.
There are many reasons to use mirrors as decor. Not only can they have the effect of making a room appear larger than it actually is, but it also offers a nice change from the standard prints and paintings that you would normally hang in a room. If you want to go with a bold choice, you can go with an artisanal outdoorsy choice, such as the mirror seen here.
Blue Living Room Accents
If there was one color that is most important to beachy design palettes, it would be blue. This may not be the most popular colour in farmhouse aesthetics, but if you pair it with woods and other neutral tones, you can pull the combination look off. We love the way that this living room features blue throw cushions, blankets, and even a blue rug!
Wooden Accent Table
Wood is the most important texture for any farmhouse room, without a doubt. If you are looking for unique ways to add wood to your rooms, consider an accent table. If you don’t have space in a front entrance way to add an accent table, then you can put one behind the living room couch, as seen here.
Light Blue Door
Here is another blue touch for you! Another way to add a touch of aquamarine to your life is by giving your door the paint treatment. Choose a blue and airy shade of blue to fully emphasize the beachy vibes.
Farmhouse style is all about emphasizing family, and a beach house also happens to be a popular family hangout! A wooden chest is a wonderful place to keep your family’s keepsakes, and it just happens to fit in perfectly with a beach house/farmhouse vibe.
Vintage China Cabinet
Speaking of storage, another collection of items that you will want to make sure is on decent display is your family’s assortment of ceramic china! While many china cabinets tend to be more traditional or even Victorian in design, you can find certain cabinets that give off a beachy farmhouse vibe.
The farmhouse sink might be the most characteristic feature of farmhouse design —so much so that many different kinds of interior design styles have incorporate farmhouse sinks into their layouts. A farmhouse sink is a must for any kitchen or bathroom in your coastal farmhouse.
Clocks aren’t just for telling time —they also add a touch of decor to any space! This barn-inspired clock fits both the farmhouse style and the coastal style to a tee with its turquoise color scheme and distressed wood.
If you’re going to have a house with beach house accents, you will want to have some beach-themed artwork! It may seem a bit on the nose, but there is no better way to feel as if you are at the beach than by looking at a photo of a beach. This is a classic aerial view of a beach that makes for a popular art piece.
Throw cushions are one of the most versatile and inexpensive ways to add a splash of color to a room. If you are looking for farmhouse or coastal throw cushions, you will want to be focused on light blues, blush pinks, sandy tans, grey, and white. You will also want to play around with different textures.
Light Blue Coffee Table
You will want to have a coffee table in your living room or family room area for its practical purpose alone, so why not also make sure that it makes a stylish impact on your room? Surprise, surprise —we have a light blue suggestion for a coastal farmhouse coffee table. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Mason Jar Accent Tray
If there is one important interior design tip that we could pass along to you, it’s that mason jars make very versatile accent pieces! To use your mason jars in a way that fits a farmhouse/coastal theme, you will want to tint them blue, fill them with sand, and surround them with seashells —just like how it is shown here.
Tan and Blue Bedding
The coastal farmhouse style is not just for the common areas. You can make the most of it in your bedroom too, by choosing the right bedding and bed frame. We love this comforter because it shows a mixture of tans, browns, and blues.
What home is complete without candles? Farmhouse candles are easy to find, and you can easily spot them by looking for candles that are a shade of light blue and light green. We love the way that this example shows candles placed on a distressed wood platform and surrounded by shells.
Shiplap Bathroom Walls
You may not be thinking of expanding your farmhouse coastal style into your bathrooms, but you really should! After all, it’s one of the rooms that your guests will see the most. If you are in the process of choosing tile for a new bathroom renovation, light blue tile and grey cabinets create an instant beach house vibe.
Whether you are using your coastal farmhouse style on a primary residence or a rental vacation property, you are sure to live every day in relaxation so long as you are surrounded by such an easy going laid back color scheme and accent pieces. Watch out, though —before long your friends will be asking you to do their interior decorating for them!