If there’s one home trend we can all get behind, surely it has to be California-style decor. This innately cool, calm, and relaxed aesthetic reflects the area after which it’s named. I, for one, can’t think of a better way to prolong the last sweet moments of summer than by incorporating accessories into your home that evoke pleasant memories of strolling barefoot down a sandy beach.
The best home decor stores are full of accessories to make your home’s aesthetic echo that of a beachside villa, and the beautiful thing is it takes as little as one or two of these pieces, carefully placed, to create a vibe without completely overhauling your space. From accessories featuring organic shapes and materials to statement-making centerpieces, I’ve found the very best bits of decor to add a ‘California Cool’ feel to your home.
Our top 9 California Cool decor picks
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Californian-inspired rugs and linens
Nothing says California better than summery fabrics floating in the gentle breeze. These linen-blend curtains will add a light, airy feel to any room.
And this crisp white duvet set is incredibly affordable, considering it's made from 100% linen. If you're a fan of super comfy and elegant-looking bedding, it's a no brainer.
Add this classic jute rug to your kitchen, living room or bedroom for an instantly more laid-back feel. The classic design transcends seasons but has an air of relaxed summer days about it.
Californian-inspired storage accessories
Just because you're buying a piece of aesthetic decor, that doesn't mean it can't provide a helpful space for extra storage! Case in point: this sculptural woven wicker tray.
In other intricate wooden decor news, this wall shelf makes a real statement. The playful loops offer the perfect backdrop to your plants, coastal scented candles, and seashell collection.
Californian-inspired statement pieces
This Marloe Marloe vase makes a subtle statement in your space. The textured stoneware, off-white tone and sculptural curved shape remind me of sea foam and coral.
I adore the sea life theme of these unique patterned plates. The contrast of deep blue with white and the delicate design makes it feel super elegant.
How do I achieve California-style decor?
California-style decor is characterized by a cool, calming, laid-back aesthetic. It can be easily achieved through incorporating organic materials, muted color schemes and a generally light, airy feel.
When it comes to your chosen decor, any color that veers away from muted beiges, sands, and off-whites should reflect that of nature – I’m talking ocean blues and earthy tones.
Organic materials are best – rattan, linen, wood, jute, and textured stoneware are all great options. And your decor pieces should feel organic in shape as well as material, so pieces like the driftwood candle holder and hand-carved wooden bowl above are ideal.
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Valeza Bakolli is an experienced shopping editor. She previously worked at BuzzFeed where she honed her skills in all things shopping - from gift guide curation to spotting top home trends. Finding the best bargains online is her happy place (you won’t believe how much she got her Nespresso machine for!) and when she’s not romanticizing her morning coffee routine, you’ll probably find her creating a tablescape for yet another alfresco dining event in her backyard.
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