How To Choose Artwork For Your Coastal Home

Art is a great way to express yourself and give a space personality. The right piece of artwork can transform a space. When choosing a piece of art for your home, think about the following:

  1. Mood: Think about what mood you want to create. Perhaps you want a relaxing and comfortable space, something more sophisticated, or a buttoned-up, formal look.
  2. Space: What look do you want?  Transitional? Something modern? Or coastal and clean?
  3. Location: Look at your walls and furniture and decide where the art will be placed. Popular locations for artwork are over a sofa, bed or console. Think about whether you want one large piece of art or a grouping of smaller pieces.

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When choosing artwork for your home, think about what style you want to achieve. Do you like landscapes, abstract or soft watercolors?  Photography, shadowbox art or paintings? For a coastal look, consider using art that features organic, natural elements like the art in the photo below.

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The Pineapple Girls love using whites, blues and seaglass hues in the coastal homes we design. Crisp, white slipcovered furniture and white accessories can act as great canvas, and art is placed to add some color.

Finally, when hanging your art, make sure to hang it in a comfortable spot, where the art is eye-level. One of the biggest mistakes people make when hanging art is to hang it too high. A general rule is to hang the art so that the middle of the piece is at 57″ high.

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Blue Seaweed Crop // Fluid Contract //

Gyotaku Fish Print // Barclay Butera Starfish // Deep Dive

Blue Seaweed // Mediterranean Boats //

Silver Leafed Shell // Gyotaku Fish Linen

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.