12 of the best coastal decor pieces to make your home feel like you’re on vacation all summer

It’s the perfect time of year to introduce this bright, airy and relaxed style of decor to your home, so we’ve picked the accessories that best emulate it

coastal vase, plate, chain decor, and seagrass basket
(Image credit: Anthropologie, Lulu and Georgia, Kathy Kuo Home)

Wherever you are right now, you’d probably rather be on vacation. And while it’s not usually feasible to book a getaway for the entire summer, you can introduce a relaxed beachy vibe to your home, which is basically the next best thing.

Coastal decor is the epitome of summer styling for your home. The style is defined by sea-themed decor pieces – from sun-bleached driftwood and rope detailing to nautical stripes, ocean prints and seashell silhouettes. There’s a multitude of ways you can introduce the relaxed-yet-elevated decor trend to your home, whatever your personal style. 

As a frequent peruser of the best home decor stores, I’ve seen coastal home accessories monopolizing the new-in sections all summer, so I’ve picked out the very best accessories to give you a little inspo if you want to incorporate the easy breezy trend into your home.

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What are the key features of coastal interior design?

There are a number of key features that define the coastal decor trend. Ocean-inspired decor such as seashell and coral designs are probably the most popular. Straight-up replicas of natural coral reefs and oversized seashells make striking centerpieces, while their natural forms can also be alluded to in a more subtle way – e.g. with mother of pearl or scalloped detailing on a serving bowl, or coral-like texture on a stoneware vase.

Bleached wood and rope materials are also popular ways to incorporate the style into your everyday decor, making accessories like lamps, bowls, and plant pots feel more coastal. Chain accents like the marble decor piece above also add a subtle coastal touch. 

In terms of prints and colors, nautical stripes and anything relating to sea life in natural beachy shades like deep blue, sandy beige, and seafoam white are an easy way to incorporate the coastal style.

Valeza Bakolli
Contributing Shopping Editor

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.