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Decorating your living room is a fun activity and requires a delicate balance of design, accessorizing, and comfort. For homes mainly decorated in the coastal style, there are a few staples you’ll want to make sure your living room has. Check out these fun tips for decorating your coastal living room.

Aim for airy

Aim for an airy vibe when you’re looking to make your home feel more coastal. To make your living room feel airier, try to aim for a lot of natural lighting and white tones. If your living room doesn’t have a ton of natural lighting, consider strategically placing mirrors to reflect the natural lighting you do have and distribute it more evenly throughout the room. Adding a white wall as an accent can be beneficial to adding dimensions and depth to the room, making it feel airier and more spacious as well. A great way to achieve airy feelings in a living room is to have a white couch. A white couch is a bold choice, especially in households with children or pets. The best way to do this without having to spot-clean every day is to invest in a white sofa slipcover—they are stylish and can be custom-fit to your couch. Just learn how to put it on, and it will both save your couch and keep your home looking light and airy.

Find subtle ways to work in coastal staples

Anchors, ship wheels, and seashells are staple decor pieces in the coastal home style. Working these into your home decor is a great way to add a coastal vibe. It is possible to overdo these elements, but adding subtle nods to the traditional coastal style can give your living room a fun, breezy, coastal feel without overwhelming the room. Try using small seashells as decor in candleholders, decorative dishes, and around mantels. You can also get an area rug with artistic ship wheels as a pattern. These small yet powerful decor pieces can give the feeling of a coastal paradise without overcrowding or cluttering your living room.

Choose a natural sea color as your accent

For an accent color to break up all the white, choose a color a natural sea tone. This could be a light blue, a delicate green, and even a seafoam. Choosing a natural color found at sea for your main accent color makes your living room feel instantly more oceanic. This can make any living room feel more coastal. As a secondary pop of color, try a coral or a sandy tone to add just a little bit more of a seaside feel to your decor.