Coastal Farmhouse Decor Ideas
The coastal farmhouse decor style has become a favorite decorating and design style in recent years. This style appeals to a broad range of people looking to give their homes a style makeover.
In this article we will define the coastal farmhouse style, go over coastal farmhouse colors, and offer design advice and inspiration pictures for decorating each major room in the home.
First, what is coastal farmhouse style?
The coastal farmhouse decor style combines two different design styles to create its own distinctive niche. Let’s briefly discuss coastal and farmhouse home decor styles.
Coastal, modern coastal, and beach house styles embody the carefree breezy feeling you get from a day at the beach. Coastal style is marked by a light color palette with whites, neutrals and pale blues, clean lines, simple furniture, and an open, airy feel. Decor elements include woven materials such as sisal rugs and baskets, wall art featuring ocean waves or coastal images, shells, beach glass or other sea inspired decorative items.
In an article by MyDomaine, they describe the coastal aesthetic this way:
“[It’s] all about bringing the beach in, so that even when you're not sitting by the water, you feel like you are…The design is marked by clean lines and a beachy chic color palette—light airy blue, white, and sand.”
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Farmhouse style embraces rustic and cozy, and brings a charming take on country living into the home. You will find loved, worn pieces of furniture, vintage decor items, and darker wood accents. An article by The Spruce mentions:
"Features like wood beams on the ceiling, or a rustic dining table add a bit of that 'worn in' charm without being too kitschy… Decorating with vintage pieces, such as cutting boards, and interesting artwork can also lend character."
Coastal farmhouse is the best of both worlds and a perfect compromise for those who love the refreshing simplicity of coastal style but are also drawn to the rustic warmth and charm of farmhouse style. It is a blending of old and new. That blend may look like an airy living room with a modern white couch, breezy white linen curtains, and a rustic wooden mantle and antique coffee table.
What colors are coastal farmhouse?
Crisp whites define coastal and modern coastal decor styles. Rustic wood is characteristic of farmhouse style. Combine the two - whites + warm wood tones - and you have the foundation for a coastal farmhouse color scheme. Beyond that fundamental combo, you can incorporate vintage farmhouse colors such as forest green, burnt orange, golden yellow, or go more coastal with navy, pale blues, greens and sandy beige.
Coastal farmhouse living room
In the living room, white or light couches can be balanced by rustic chairs, end tables and coffee tables. This is where it is fun to incorporate vintage finds or antique heirlooms and where old, worn pieces of furniture with history have a home. Maybe an old chest can serve as a coffee table. Accent pieces could be an old radio, piano, sewing machine or record player.
Here, warm wood tones combine with a white and natural color scheme. Beachy, natural elements include the woven chair, dried pampas, and white washed wooden beams.
Entryways or nooks in the living room are another great area to decorate with the combined styles. Here we see vintage hooks on white painted walls with other coastal decor and accents.
Coastal Farmhouse Kitchen
To achieve a coastal modern look in the kitchen, start with a clean, white foundation - white cabinets, countertops and backsplash. Contrast the all white motif with wood accents such as wooden chairs or stools, exposed wood shelves, wood floors and perhaps exposed wood beams. Complete the look with some farmhouse style light fixtures.
Kitchen Accessories & Decor
Now the fun part- choosing coastal farmhouse kitchenware that is both functional and stylish. Bring in some cool coastal colors to pair with the rustic wooden shelves such as pale blue, seafoam green, navy or a combination. You can incorporate those colors in your dishes, plates, bowls, mugs, vases, etc.
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No coastal farmhouse kitchen is complete without a display of assorted rustic cutting boards and perhaps a few antique accents such as these salt and pepper shakers.
Coastal Farmhouse Dining Room
The dining room table is the perfect place to incorporate both coastal and farmhouse styles together. Balance a rustic wooden table with cool modern chairs or beachy woven chairs. The light fixture style can vary by preference - you could incorporate a vintage farmhouse chandelier, a modern coastal style glass chandelier or you could even go with a beachy wicker or woven light fixture.
Another take on combining old with new - choose a more modern dining room table with a subtle rustic element such as chunky wooden legs and combine with black farmhouse style chairs or wooden chairs.
Coastal Farmhouse Bedroom
In the bedroom, again keep with a primarily white theme and combine with warm tones such as deep browns or blues. Incorporate natural elements such as woven or wicker accents, add some coastal inspired striped linens or pillowcases, and bring in that warm wood with a dresser, headboard or flooring.
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Coastal Farmhouse Wall Decor
The farmhouse style has a charming way of highlighting a family’s personal history by featuring decor items such as vintage finds, family heirlooms, and framed family photos. Other coastal farmhouse wall decor ideas include woven baskets or vintage plates hung on the wall and art featuring nature scenes, cheery flowers, or coastal scenes.
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Coastal Farmhouse Decor Accents
Since coastal farmhouse is the blending of two decor styles, we will show you some ideas of how to incorporate both through smaller accents and decor items, but feel free to lean more into one of the two styles - coastal or farmhouse.
Some staple decor items with farmhouse style:
You can’t have farmhouse style without potted plants, flowers and foliage. A staple in this decor style, plants have a way of bringing a little bit of country into the home. Other farmhouse-leaning decor ideas include woven baskets, old books, vintage candles and picture frames, blanket ladders, and cozy blankets and candles.
Staple decor items with coastal style:
Seaglass colored accents like lamps, vases and candles are a fun way to bring in some coastal colors. More coastal accents include beach grass or pampas, tropical plants, shells, and woven accents such as sisal rugs, wicker chairs, and baskets.
The blending of the two styles:
Pair the coastal glass accents, tropical plants, shells and woven baskets with rustic country elements such as potted wildflowers, framed pictures of the country, vintage candlestick holders, and a blanket ladder.
Coastal farmhouse is a fun fusion of two timeless decor styles and one that we believe will be around for many years to come. We hope these styling tips and inspiration pictures will help you put your own spin on the style. Happy decorating!
Looking for a deeper dive into coastal decorating? Download our free Coastal Decor Guide for a breakdown of six different coastal decor styles including color palettes, design tips, lookbooks and wall art ideas for each style.