There is nothing quite like the feeling of the beach. Whether you have a coastal cottage getaway or merely want to evoke the spirit of the seaside in your permanent home, there are many simple ways to incorporate the carefree, fresh, ocean feel into your decor. So enjoy the sun, sand and sea and everything that is so wonderful about summer!

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A white coastal cottage look is all about having a clean, easy, breezy look.  Crisp whites create a serene, calming feel. Painting white from floor to ceiling with white slip-covered furnishings really show off the best part of a beach house: the view out the windows. And, of course, you can always accent with some colorful throw pillows.

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Invite the colors of the seaside indoors. A palette of pastel sea greens and blues with shabby chic furnishings bring a comfortable, casual and tranquil element into the decor.

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Shells, starfish and bits of coral are all terrific choices for decorating your seashore cottage space. Shell encrusted furnishings, mirrors and decor make a grand statement.

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Using a pop of color in accessories or elements can often be seen in bright corals.

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If using a neutral palette of taupes and whites be sure to add plenty of texture to add depth and interest. Wicker furniture, sisal rugs and weathered wood are common choices to create the casual look.

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Nautical themes are a fun way to add touches of sea life to your home. Anchors, netting, boats, lighthouses and more are great way to add pizzazz in a coastal-style home.  Pair nautical-themed decorative items with a white slip covered couch and blue striped throw pillows to get the feeling of being out at sea. Minimal detailing and inviting furniture goes along with the low-maintenance and relaxed setting.

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For a serene Bali-style retreat, look for furniture with darker wood tones, sheer curtains and canopies and Asian-style lamps and pottery.

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Infusing Caribbean style into your room design can help liven up any room in your home and give you that laid-back island mentality. Lush house plants, dark wicker pieces and light upholstered furnishings are ideal ways to bring the Caribbean style to your own home. If you love coastal cottage furniture and decor, please tell us your story or favorite way to create a seaside way of life into your home!