Kid-Friendly Coastal Home Decor

A house really isn’t a home unless it’s a welcoming space for children and grandchildren.

But can you create (and maintain) crisp, clean interiors while keeping the needs of kids in mind?

Absolutely.

By its very nature, coastal-inspired design evokes feelings of relaxation and connection, comfort and convenience — weekends at the beach, reunions at the shore, an easy, breezy lifestyle regardless of the street address.

From its preferred hardwood or tile floors to its unfussy window treatments, coastal style is well-suited to the youngest members of your family tribe. For proof, check out the glorious “Living with Kids” posts on DesignMom.com, where many of the featured, family-friendly homes are located on or near the water.

Want to make your beach-chic retreat more inviting to children? Dip a toe into these tips:

coastal design kid friendly dash albert rug
Dash & Albert’s “Mali” indoor/outdoor rug in Indigo

Coastal-style floor coverings for busy families: Think cleanable

Natural-fiber rugs like those woven of jute, sisal and hemp are a natural fit under feet, whether they’re sandy or not, but cleaning sisal of spills can be a nightmare.

For those areas of your home that are either high-traffic or near a highchair, indoor/outdoor area rugs offer a fashionable, functional solution. They add warmth and texture to a room, as well as a softer spot for kids to play (and land).

Sturdy enough for patios and verandas but pretty enough for dens and casual dining rooms, Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rugs are a Pineapple Girl favorite. Available in African-inspired geometric, vintage tile and classic stripe patterns, these lightweight, reversible, indoor/outdoor rugs can be vacuumed, lightly brushed with water or even sprayed clean with a hose.

coastal design kid friendly juno beach sectional
Thanks to slipcovers, the Juno Beach sectional is a great option for families with children.

Kid-friendly coastal furniture? Invest in quality

It may seem counterintuitive, but until your kids grow out of their “the floor is hot lava” phase, investing in high-quality furniture will save money in the long run. Unlike cheap pieces, heavy, solid furnishings will stand up to years of abuse. As a safety measure, opt for furniture with soft, rounded corners when possible.

Another family-friendly furniture solution is woven strongly into the coastal chic aesthetic — slipcovers, a look that derived from the tradition of draping sheets over beach-cottage furniture at summer’s end.

Thanks to slipcovers, your family can enjoy a stunning white sectional – just machine-wash fabric as necessary, and replace when you’re ready for a change.

coastal design kid friendly homework table
Kids need and want spaces near you to color, do crafts or complete homework.

Make space for kids’ activities in your coastal home

Kids need dedicated spaces to do kid things – from homework to art work, from board games to video games:

  • Set up a study station in the kitchen so kids can tackle schoolwork where Mom and Dad are close at hand. Keep the area neat with clear glass jars to hold pens and pencils, scissors and rulers.
  • Create a kid-friendly mudroom near the back door by positioning a bench, baskets and hooks there. Kids will have a place to prepare for whatever activity they’re engaged in – ice hockey, beach volleyball, snowboarding or soccer.
  • Anchor your family room with a large, low coffee table made of reclaimed pine. Kids can gather their friends around the table for coloring and crafts, and the whole family can convene there on game night.

Got kids? You need smart storage solutions

One of the signatures of coastal design is, of course, a clean, uncluttered look.

Savvy storage is a must, but built-in bookcases, window-seat storage benches and shelves lined with plastic bins are only the beginning.

Wicker and Nantucket-style baskets, stiff canvas hampers and rustic crates tucked around the house serve as catchalls for toys that are handy, portable and nautical in nature.

coastal design kid friendly julie dietrich coral bottle
Decorative pieces like Julie Dietrich’s coral bottles can find a place in your family home.

Beach chic décor is naturally kid-friendly

So many of the finishing touches you typically find in an ocean lover’s home are hardy enough to withstand occasional handling by kids:

  • Dramatic pieces of driftwood
  • Gorgeous, oversized conch shells
  • Coral sculptures and centerpieces
  • Exotic sea fans
  • Purple barnacle clusters

Those found (or purchased!) objects not only serve as eye-catching seaside accents, but they also bring the outdoors in and can serve as a teaching tool.

For more delicate pieces, like Jamie Dietrich’s dazzling, one-of-a-kind bottles and vintage floats, simply follow the 45-inch rule: display the item at least 45 inches off the floor, to keep it beyond the reach of little hands.

Looking for more coastal style inspiration?

This “Coastal Living” video features several kid-approved bedroom ideas to steal:

How to Freshen up Any Room

Instead of major renovations to give a room a new, revitalized look, try freshening the room with something simpler. This is a great way to give a space of the home a makeover, without the toil and grief of major refurbishments. Often times, simple strategies are the most effective at making the room completely different, yet still comfortable.

Some ways that you can freshen up any room include:

Fresh Paint

Benjamin Moore Simply White

Giving your interiors a fresh coat of paint can go a long way in augmenting and transforming any space in the home. Look for natural, organic colors that reflect the beauty of the surrounding sea. Benjamin Moore’s Simply White is a great option that will make your room look fresh and new. Paint your ceilings in the same light color to make the space appear taller and larger.

Pillows

how to freshen up your home

In addition to paint, another inexpensive way to freshen up a room is with pillows. These can be used as accent pieces and will add a little pop to your room, especially if larger pieces of furniture are not in the budget.

Natural Floor Coverings

Natural Jute Woven Rug

Feel the Rug under your feet; is it comfortable and cohesive with your room? Try using natural colors to bring a clean, contemporary style to the space. For instance, the Natural Jute Woven Rug is a simple yet sophisticated way to revitalize any room. The nubby texture provides depth and interest, while the natural materials provide just the right comfort underfoot.

Updated Furniture

slipcovered sectional

Treat yourself to a new piece of furniture to give your space a fresh face. A new sofa, chair, or cocktail table can inspire a theme or color palette for the room; update a quality piece of furniture that reflects your natural surroundings and that coordinates with your style vision. Add a light-colored sofa or the above-pictured Nantucket Sectional to a family space, or bring a unique and vibrant occasional chair to your bedroom for a pop of color.

Freshen Up Your Home

Whether your space is a simple studio or a stunning house by the sea, you can freshen up any room with these three suggestions. Find cohesive and coordinating furnishings, fixtures, and accents to bring your style inspirations to fruition.  Try these simple strategies and give your home a fresh face for the coming season.

5 Beach House Must-Haves

A beach house should offer a magnificent feeling of freedom and openness in your home, while providing a comfortable, convenient space for you and your family. Even if your property isn’t right on the water, there are some intriguing must-have items that are suited to coastal living and that bring the sand and surf to mind whenever you enter your home.

Outdoor Slipcovered Sofa

outdoor slipcovered sofa

The durability of an outdoor sofa makes it a natural choice in a beach home, and these furnishings can be warmed up for the indoors with a slipcover. Consider covering your sofa with something that is neutral, to maintain the open, airy feeling of the space. An outdoor slipcovered sofa also makes it easy to clean and launder. A great choice that brings a coastal vibe to the home is the Cabana Outdoor Sofa, which is as stylish and comfortable inside as it is out.

Shatterproof Wine Glasses

shatterproof wine glasses

Everyone enjoys beautiful barware but this may be impractical on the beach. Consider using our  Govino Shatterproof Wine Glasses to provide plenty of glasses without worrying over broken glass goblets. These stemless wine glasses demonstrate that you don’t have to compromise beauty for function, and our exclusive pineapple design is a welcoming symbol for your guests and melds with a coastal-inspired table.

Coastal Accent Items

coastal accents

A few personal and pretty accents bring your own flair to the home; consider some sea – inspired accents to stick with the oceanic aura. Keep these pieces to a minimum and select those that really speak to you and reflect your sense of style.

Whale Tale bookends
Whale Tale Bookends

Some great choices include simple Whale Tale bookends for displaying your favorite reads, the rustic ‘Jump in the Ocean’ Crates for stylish storage, or the Anchor Away Sculpture, which brings a modern chrome finish to a timeless conversation piece.

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Go Jump in the Ocean Crate

Coastal Pillows

custom coordinates pillow

Textiles and pillows are a great way to bring the colors of your space together. If you are using white on the walls, these items will provide you the opportunity to add some of your favorite pops of color in the home. The Custom Coordinates Newport Stripe pillows are perfect for creating your color theme, bringing just a bit of oceanic blue to your interiors. The personalized coordinates printed on the pillow add an intriguing detail reflecting your chosen location. Textured floor covering and neutral-toned rugs can also make a room seem larger, while providing the cozy comforts of home.

Outdoor Lighting

nickel lanterns

Use ambient accents to provide lighting in your home, while also bringing a coastal atmosphere to your interiors. Nickel lanterns are the perfect accent that provides ample ambient light for daily living, while bringing a vintage-style rusticity that complements clean, modern décor. Consider using dimmers, desk, and floor lamps to augment your ambient fixtures, and to add an additional layer and mood to your home.

Beach Home Must-Haves

A beach house embraces clean, light features which helps to create the open, airy atmosphere that reflects a home on the water. Avoid weighing down the space with clutter, and choose your accents and fixtures carefully. Keep a color palette in mind that reflects the sea- pale blues, greens, and whites. Be choosy and add a few favorite accents that will elevate your casual, coastal vibe into an elegant and sophisticated space that you are proud to show-off.

 

Modern Home Office Furniture Ideas 

More and more people are working from home and reaping the rewards of home-based business endeavors. Even if you only use your office space for a side-job, the kids’ study space, or a guest room, spruce it up with a few modern amenities that will create a functional, stylish area of your home.

Some must-have fixtures for your modern at-home office include these suggestions:

The Modern Office Desk

Modern Piper Desk

The focus of every home office is a modern desk, and there are many stylish options to suit your distinctive work needs. If you prefer a simple desk, without a lot of added storage, the Piper Desk is an elegant option. The sleek navy façade, chrome legs, and crystal drawer-pulls make this desk appealing enough to be a focal point in your office.

Bungalow 5 - Valentina Textured Lacquered Grasscloth Desk

If you prefer more storage space, the Bungalow 5 Valentina offers several roomy,  lacquered drawers that compliment the glass topped lacquered texture grasscloth finish to address your additional storage needs.

The lighting

Robert Abbey, Inc. - Bristol Adjustable Floor Easel

It is important to have enough light in your office since you may spend extended periods of time in this space. Metallic or industrial-inspired lighting gives your home office a modern, contemporary look. Consider using something like the Robert Abbey Bristol Adjustable Floor Easel, which allow you to amply-light a work space or display area for artwork, projects, or documents.

More storage

Bungalow 5 - Franki Textured Lacquered AV Cabinet

For more storage needs, cubby-style shelving in the office works well and provides quick access to necessary work supplies. For instance, the Bungalow 5- Franki Textured AV Cabinet offers cubbies and drawers, but it does not sacrifice style. The unique chrome- finish hardware gives the cabinet a fresh, modern appeal that will meld nicely with other contemporary office fixtures.

The flooring

Lakehouse Stripe Khaki/White Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Use a modern rug on your home-office floor for cohesion with your other furnishings and comfort under-foot. The Lakehouse Stripe Khaki/White Indoor/Outdoor Rug is a viable option, offering a neutral toned, floor-covering that is easy-to-care for, too. Made of superheroic polypropylene, this indoor/outdoor rug is perfect for bringing in the other accents of your creative space.

Modernize Your Home Office

Some other tips when making over or modernizing a home office are:

  • Segregate and seclude your workspace with some sort of divider, door, or partition for optimal privacy.
  • Keep your office space clutter-free to avoid visual distractions when you are trying to work.
  • Putting time and effort in your workspace is worthwhile, and it may make you more productive and more apt to spend time in your home office.

A home office is much more than a mere convenience; for many, it is an integral part of their family’s income. Money spent on making your office more convenient, functional, and comfortable is a prudent investment in today’s working climate.

Interior Design with White Furniture

White is a shade that never goes out of style or fashion. You can elevate and enhance your own interior design simply by incorporating this crisp, clean color in the home. Give your home a fresh, sophisticated makeover with some white schemes and design ideas that feature white as your focal point.

Some snazzy ideas for white interior design in the home include:

Bring in a white backdrop.white accent chair

First things first, what color are your walls and floors? While white furniture looks stunning against a contrasting shade, consider opening up your room and making ceilings appear higher by painting the room completely white.

Once you have this blank slate, so to speak, you can begin to pick and choose the elements that suit your style best. Not everyone is comfortable in a completely white space, from fixtures to furniture, but a white backdrop can be a subtle change that makes a world of difference. Echo the white with tastefully selected accents such as white ceramic vases on the table.

Bring sophistication to a sweet spot.

white living room furniture

There is something inherently elegant about white living room furniture, and these pieces can comprise the perfect conversation area for the home. Whether you are recreating a family den or a four-season room, find your sweet spot and transform it with white features.

Consider white slipcovers for your furnishings or invest in a contemporary sectional or white living room furniture with crisp chrome hardware. Add your own personal flair to the white design with a few pops of color or fun accents that give the room warmth, while still being a sophisticated spot.

White can be whimsical.

coastal white living room furniture

Take a fun approach to white interior design with whimsy; create a space around your favorite white accents, collectibles, or furnishings. For instance, if you love being on the water, take inspiration from a simple seashell. Create a coastal vibe by reflecting this throughout with shades of white, unique textures, and pale pops of color. Add a mirror to bring that sunny sparkle of the water to your space. Wicker feels natural and exudes a coastal feeling; add some wicker furnishings with plump, white cushions, and drape white wool throws casually over the back of your chairs.

The wonder of white.

White is such a versatile color in interior design, but it never seems to lose its timeless appeal and sophistication. Create a dynamic space that you want to spend time in by giving it a white makeover; invest in some white living room furniture, seek out white fixtures and accents, or give the space a fresh coat of paint, from floor to ceiling. Bring white into the home to give it a contemporary, invigorating transformation that will both calm and stimulate the senses.

2016 Color of the Year

Color Of The Year 2016 Simply White

The color of the year for 2016 is Simply White; simple, clean, and contemporary, white gives any space an open, airy feeling. Whether you are planning to paint the rooms of your home, or if you are looking for distinctive furnishings in a fresh color, White is always a great choice. This hue will meld with your existing furnishings, or can be used as the color palate for a makeover that will give your home an instant update, creating a fresher, lighter look.

Try these ideas when integrating 2016’s Color of the Year Simply White into your interiors:

Fresh focal points.

ceramic vase

A great way to compliment your white space is to carefully select a focal point. This could be a great white sofa or a collection of  classic blue and white jars or urns.

Table lamps.

Bimini Table LampNew lighting is a great way to pull together the colors or style of your room cohesively. In a white makeover, opt for modern white ceramic lamps or cool vintage pendant lights with white or chrome accents. Remember to consider the type of illumination you want in your rooms, too. Choose either warm white bulbs for a soft glow in the space, or a cool white bulb when you want an invigorating, energizing type of light.

Reclaimed wood beams and furniture.

Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 Aura Matte
Image source: Benjamin Moore

Combining hand hewn beams, or reclaimed wood  furniture will add interest and texture to your white walls and white slipcovered furniture.  Be sure to paint the ceilings and woodwork with a complementary shade of white for a clean, linear look in your space.

Shop our reclaimed wood coffee table to get a textured look.

Lots of layers.

Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 Aura Matte
Image Source: Benjamin Moore

With so many different shades of white to choose from, you can create a layered look using various whites in your fixtures, furnishings, and floors. From creamy ivory canvas to crisp white cottons and linens, bring in different variations of your white color scheme to bring depth and dimension to the space, which can warm up stark white interiors.

Fun and functional furnishings.

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Two white sofas against a “Simply White” wall in the Pineapples, Palms Too retail store.

Furniture is so much more than simply a place to rest and recuperate after a long day; the type of furniture that you have in your space says a lot about your style. White furnishings- sofas, chairs, and sectionals- can become a blank slate for you to add pops of color, intricate patterns, or sumptuous throws to create an alluring seating arrangement.

Some other ways to integrate white in your interiors include:

  • Lighten up the room with white window treatments that allow natural light into the home.
  • Integrate shiplap millwork and custom trims around your room, such as moldings or hardware, and paint them white to provide a distinct border to your space.
  • White washed pine wood flooring can look crisp and fresh, and provides the perfect foundation for your white room scheme. Use bold striped rugs or carpets to protect natural wood floors, and provide a pop of color to your space.

Love white? Check out this book, Brilliant White in Design, that examines the spectrum of colors and talents inherent in white, exploring how it is used, and viewed, in art, design, architecture, and nature.

Beach House Decorating Ideas

The goal of many beach house decorating ideas is to give your space an airy, effortless style. There are some key décor elements that embrace this way of living, and bring a contemporary coastal style to your home year-round, all seasons.

Chic ideas for your coastal-inspired décor include:

Pleasing paradoxes.

Many beach house decorating ideas embrace unique paradoxes and contrasting elements. For instance, the merging of wide, unadorned windows with casual slipcovered furniture. Pair patterns and prints that have a common feature, such as a color, and mix and match throughout your beach-inspired home. Modern glass and vintage teak pieces create a relaxed coastal look, with an inspired, yet ironic, flair.

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Making magic.

outdoor lighting lanterns

Shimmering metallic accents and airy gauzy textiles create an ethereal, almost magical, atmosphere in your home.  Mix in nickel fixtures with crisp white countertops in either quartz or marble, and choose light, nubby linen for furnishings, window treatment, or throws throughout the space. When illuminated in candle-light or the setting-sun over the sea, your home will transform into a fresh, restorative sanctuary.

Tempting textures.

Look for elements that bring warmth to your coastal home, especially in cooler weather. Throws, pillows, and even the fabrics of your sofa or chairs contribute to creating warm sensations in your beach-inspired vision. Make spots welcoming and inviting, from the spaces in front of a fireplace to a patch of sand outside where you watch the stars. Toss large, cotton pillows and thick, nubby throws for comfort and an effortless style.

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Coastal colors.

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A great coastal color palette includes all shades of blue, crisp whites, gray, green, as well as neutrals.   These hues basically echo the colors seen in nature, or along a stretch of beach. Keep wall treatments light to reflect light and make the room appear larger and higher; keep floors covered simply, with cotton coverings or tiled surfaces. Exposed wood flooring makes a convenient, easy-to-maintain surface for those homes that are near or exposed to water.

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Family-friendly furniture.

slipcovered chair

The underlying theme of a coastal home is comfort and convenience. The elegant factor comes from the simplicity and clean aspects of these oceanic spaces. Buy pieces that are comfortable for sitting, dining, and living, but also that will be easy to clean and maintain.  This includes cotton slip-covers and crisp linen window panels.

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Airy accents.

coastal decor wood whale

Invest in a few coastal-inspired accents that really embrace the look and feel that you are looking for. This might be a large wood whale cutting board, for a dramatic display,  or it could be a shimmering nickel anchor that accents your built in or side table. Reclaimed wood picture frames with family and friends’ photos lining your hallway also gives your home a warm comfortable, lived-in coastal feel. Carved stone also suits a coastal scheme and brings a cool, contemporary look to a simple beach-inspired space.

Now, put it all together:

  • Pair elegant accents on weathered-wood furnishings for an appealing contrast in coastal schemes.
  • Mix and match textiles and tie them together with a common color or print, and use them liberally throughout your home.
  • Keep schemes simple and choose accents carefully to maintain the easy, effortless nature of beach-inspired décor.

There is something serene and satisfying about a room or space that is inspired by nature, especially when it echoes a coastal theme. Try these beach house decorating ideas in your own home to transform it into the seaside cottage of your dreams.