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Coastal Grandma Decor Style – 8 Tips & Ideas on How to Achieve the Look

Discover the soothing elegance of coastal grandma decor style! Learn how to blend beachy vibes with classic design elements for a cozy, stylish home.

My retirement aspiration is to become a coastal grandmother. I’ll have a house on the West Coast with enough room for delightful imaginary grandchildren, a long dinner table for Thanksgiving feasts, and a broad beach for walks.

However this scenario isn’t on the horizon at the moment. So, I looked at how to decorate my home to feel like a coastal grandma.

Coastal grandmother decor is based on coastal colors, like blue, gray, stone, green, and beige. Keep patterns and colors muted, layering natural fibers (like linen) and textures (like rattan and jute). Accessorize with antiques and heirlooms, fresh flowers and plants, and cozy layering.

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What is Coastal Grandma Decorating Style

The coastal grandma style is different because it is coastal-inspired but emphasizes both elegance and welcome, as well as homeliness and laid-back luxury.

The easiest way to achieve this decor style is to step into a Nancy Meyers movie. But to create this look in your home, you must move beyond regular beach house and nautical decor.

Let’s look at decor ideas and tips for the beachy grandmother vibe.

#1. Use Coastal Colors

Coastal living room.

Being a coastal aesthetic, this timeless look is based around the serene natural colors of the beach, from sandy beiges to delicate watery blues and misty grays.

Be inspired by the white of a seagull, the tender greens of seaweed, and the damp brown of a sand dune.

Along with these subtle shades, the coastal grandma look includes deep sea blues, the color of Chinese porcelain. Add subtle turquoise in toile de jouy fabrics, and a touch of gold for an affluent touch.

Indigo shines against crisp white cotton bedding, fresh and inviting in a sunny guest bedroom.

Collect unusual fabrics when you travel to add interest to your home (or have a great-grandfather who was a sea captain, trading across the globe).

To add color to this neutral palette, consider a gentle coral pink, the color of a beach sunrise. I am a color lover and find the coastal palette a little subtle, so this gorgeous pink is ideal.

#2. Muted Is Magical

Bedroom with coastal colored bedding. carpet and curtain.

Channeling your inner coastal grandma means embracing the laid-back, pared-down, and utterly elegant.

Keep seaside kitsch to a minimum — a single well-placed piece of coral or an antique map is appropriate; anchors and whales are jarring.

You’re aiming for comfort, so avoid loud patterns and glossy finishes. Keep fabrics muted, with gentle stripes or checks as a nod to the beach house.

Bautical grandma’s inviting ambiance does overlap a little with English country or cottage chic. But stick to classic lines, unembellished sofas, and minimalist layouts rather than frills and ruffles.

A simple way to add that vacation feel is to open your windows and let a refreshing breeze blow through your home. Coastal grandmother interiors are bright and airy.

#3. Natural Fabrics

Bedroom with blue and white pillows and bedding.

Nautical grandmas are into sustainability and focus on natural fibers in furniture and soft furnishings. This trend brings the aesthetic up to date and is another reason I love this approach.

The go-to fabrics for this look are cotton and linen, ranging from gauzy white curtains to heavy twill armchairs and comfortable slip-covered sofas.

Refresh your beds with crisp cotton sheets, your bathroom with fluffy white towels, and your living room with luxe raw linen curtains — imagine you’re going to be a guest in your favorite beach hotel.

Perk up the neutral tones by adding layers of touchable and luxurious textures — throws in exquisite mohair or cashmere, cushions with canvas covers, and nubbly woolen rugs are perfect accessories.

#4. Coastal Fibers

Living room with rattan furniture and baskets.

To pay homage to the coastal environment, include natural fibers like woven seagrass, raffia, sisal, jute, and rattan.

Rugs, woven baskets, and wicker furniture add a modern, relaxed touch. Include touches of driftwood and rope, but take care not to venture into nautical cheesiness.

#5. Plenty of Wood

Neutral living room with distressed wood side table, lamp and couch.

Play with wood of different tones, avoiding the brightly varnished and lacquered. Wooden items can be antique or slightly distressed, always clean and glowing.

#6. Antiques and Heirlooms

White pillow with blue floral on arm chair, vintage flower vase and framed floral art on a side table.

So far, we’ve focused on the coastal side of the aesthetic — now for the grandma side. Carefully curated accessories create a beautiful, elegant impression that prevents the look from being too minimalist.

If you’re not lucky enough to have inherited some Chinese porcelain, scour thrift shops and flea markets for handmade pottery and vintage ceramics.

Look out for oversized vases and terracotta pots for a conservatory vibe. Delft blue-and-white ginger jars can be transformed into lamps, for example.

Silverware, crystal, and vintage sconces and chandeliers are desirable pieces for a coastal grandma’s home.

Antique or vintage mirrors, grandfather or coach clocks, and silver candlesticks add an elegant touch. Display inherited plates, even if mismatched, on open shelves in the kitchen.

Eclectic touches are very grandmotherly, so reallocate items from different rooms to form an attractive, welcoming ambiance.

#7. Flowers and Plants

Beach inspired kitchen with blue cabinets, white dining table and chairs, flower on the table and a large plant.

Nothing offers a luxurious welcome like a bunch of flowers. Fill your crystal vases with hydrangea puff balls or an arrangement of vivid daffodils — my personal favorite.

Plants add greenery to a subtle color scheme and purify the air at no extra cost. A conservatory vibe is typical of the coastal grandma look.

Consider adding accent color with a bowl of lemons or apples—this minimalist accessory is elegant and homey.

#8. Get Cozy

Cozy room with fireplace, throw blankets on a couch flower vase, tea cup and books on coffee tables.

My favorite coastal weather is stormy, misty, and wintry. My ideal coastal grandma look would be a roaring fire, a comfortable sofa, a pile of novels, and a big cup of tea (coffee available for friends).

If it’s not winter, a fireplace and mantel remain a design focus, albeit filled with a hurricane lamp, candles, or a charming fire screen.

Final Thoughts

If you aspire to the coastal grandma look, it’s okay if you don’t have a beach house and you’re not Meryl Streep. Create an elegant, inviting home using nature-inspired colors and textures, layering cotton, linen, seagrass, and jute. Add charming accessories, heirloom-inspired glass, ceramics, silver, and wood to perfect the laid-back luxury.

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