7 Design Ideas for Your Coastal Bedroom

7 Design Ideas for Your Coastal Bedroom

Interior Design
Decoration and Design
By Alex Mikayelyan February 08, 2022

Few things in life are as satisfying as the idea of lying in bed and watching the waves from your window as you hear the gentle road of the coast and the seagulls cawing in the sky above. Unfortunately, not all of us have the opportunity to enjoy such luxuries. But if you miss the beach-themed bedroom you stayed in during your last vacation, creating your own coastal-style bedroom can help you relive those amazing moments.

There are a ton of coastal bedroom ideas homeowners can use as inspiration for their interior designs. Modern coastal bedroom ideas make use of many motifs and design elements to create a serene interior that replicates the sensation of being on the coastline. If you’re looking to create a bedroom interior that is reminiscent of the time you spent on the coastline during your last vacation, these beach bedroom ideas should do the trick. 

1. Oceanic Blue

The Colors of Your Coastal Bedroom

The Colors of Your Coastal Bedroom

When you hear the terms coastal or beachy, think about what colors come to mind. There’s the golden caramel sand, the green foliage of palm trees, and the white of the clouds. But by far the most dominant beachy bedroom paint colors are the various shades of blue. Oceanic or coastal blue are the most common colors you’ll find on coastal bedding ideas and other aspects of the bedroom’s interior.

The coastal blue bedroom is meant to remind you of the defining feature of the coast, namely the deep blue sea. Use brighter shades and muted varieties of blue for a more serene and relaxed bedroom interior. For more bold coastal bedroom colors you have oceanic and emerald blue, both of which are a little brighter than the more muted blue variants but create an atmosphere rich with coastal motifs. 

2. Rope Accents

How to Make Use of Rope Accents In Your Bedroom

How to Make Use of Rope Accents In Your Bedroom

The coastal design does not exclusively evoke feelings of being on a sandy beach. For example, if you live on the coast, there is a good chance you have seen a lot of rope. Why? Because of all the maritime action that you see, such as ships and boats.

Rope is a commonly used material by sailors and you’ll find it on docks, ships, and a slew of other places near the coast. Use rope to decorate various parts of your bedroom interior, from making rope lighting fixtures to tying them in unique patterns and attaching them to the wall. You can make drawer and cabinet handle out of rope as well as tie them to places like the bedposts. Even doing something as simple as draping them over certain surfaces in the bedroom could really emphasize the sailing motifs in your bedroom. 

3. Shells, Lots of Them

How to Use Shells to Spice Up Bedroom Decor

How to Use Shells to Spice Up Bedroom Decor

Beach bedroom decor is pretty self-explanatory, in the sense that you decorate with whatever you’d expect to find near a coastline. In this case, it’s shells and lots of them. The best part about decorating with shelves is the metric tons of opportunities there are to get truly creative with what you make. Put some shells inside a mason jar and you have yourself a cute, rustic piece of the sea.

How about gluing some shells to the base of your nightstand lamp, so every time you turn on or off the light in your bedroom, you’re reminded of the sea? Tie a bunch of shells together via thick string and hang them around the room. Even simply placing shells around the room on various surfaces is a great way to make use of these uniquely coastal trinkets. 

4. Wood and Bamboo

Types of Wood to Use In Coastal Bedroom Designs

Types of Wood to Use In Coastal Bedroom Designs

Regardless of what coast you go to, unless it’s an industrial shipyard, you will most likely find wood and lots of it. Whether it’s the old ships or small fishing boats, the decks of the port, or the buildings near the coast itself, wood is in abundance. Hence why it makes sense to use wooden furniture and accents for coastal bedroom interiors.

Depending on what coasts you go to, you will find different kinds of wood. For example, tropical coasts may use bamboo, whereas the colder coasts will make use of standard redwood or cedar. Coastal bedroom furniture should echo these wooden elements you would find on decks. You can replicate the aesthetic of old-school ports by using rustic coastal bedroom furniture that is made of reclaimed wood. For the more tropical beach style bedroom furniture you can use brighter bamboo. Depending on the type of aesthetic you’re going for, use the appropriate coastal bedroom furniture set that will create a wholesome interior.

5. Fishing Decor

Incorporating Fishing Motifs Into Your Bedroom

Incorporating Fishing Motifs Into Your Bedroom

Even if you don’t find fishing fun, there is no doubting the correlation between the coast and this craft. Plenty of professionals who are not only enthusiasts of fishing, but also do it as a job, live on the coastline, hence why you’ll see a lot of rods, hooks, and trophies of their accomplishments in many coastal lounges, hotels, and eateries. 

Make good use of sea decor for the bedroom by linking it to the ancient craft of fishing. Get hold of fishing nets, hooks (make sure they’re dull), old rods your friends may have no use for, and perhaps even a fake mounted fish, usually the ones attached to a wooden board. Even if you don’t enjoy fishing, you can’t deny the fact, that seeing traces of this lifestyle does remind you of the coast. 

6. Bright Interior and Unique Lighting

Perfecting the Lighting and Interior Decor In Your Coastal Bedroom

Perfecting the Lighting and Interior Decor In Your Coastal Bedroom

White coastal bedrooms are quite common in many homes across the country. By nature, coastal bedrooms tend to be very bright and are usually painted in bright colors with blue, caramel yellow, or beige accents. These are the colors one would expect to find living near the coast and so naturally, coastal bedrooms look to replicate this visual aesthetic by making the interior bright.

Another aspect of coastal interior design is unique lighting fixtures. Sure, you could settle for a standard chandelier or pendant light, but why when you have the opportunity to get so creative with your lighting? For example, lanterns are the perfect coastal motif in any bedroom. Not only do they correspond with the beachy aesthetic but they also provide a soft accent light that looks serene during the evenings. 

7. Navy Motifs

Regal Navy Elements In Coastal Bedrooms

Regal Navy Elements In Coastal Bedrooms

Coastal interior design borrows many elements from classical navy aesthetics. If you think about it, even warships back in the day were gorgeous works of art. Banners and flags were quite popular with ship decor at the time even though they had their practical uses in the navy. You obviously have no practical use for their flags and banners, but there is something aesthetically pleasing about hanging them from the walls of your beautiful coastal bedroom. 

Another great idea for coastal bedroom decor is using a ship’s steering wheel or helm as a piece of wall ornamentation as well. The unique patterns make it a vibrant decor not only for its shape but also for the color you give it. In general, nautical room decor ideas usually involve wood as most old-school ships were made from this material. You have the freedom to paint these decorative ornaments any color that fits within the aesthetics of your contemporary coastal bedroom.

Written by
Alex Mikayelyan

Written by Alex Mikayelyan