Modern Coastal Bedroom Ideas

This week’s bedroom inspiration is a modern take on coastal. I call this a coastal bedroom capsule because it’s five things to add to your bedroom to give it a coastal vibe, without replacing all of your furniture. You can see my suggestions about furniture below.

I believe you can change the look and feel of any bedroom with five elements: a rug, lighting, drapes, art and paint. I’ll give you ideas for all five below in both a high price option and a low price option.

You might be thinking, there is no way my furniture will look give off a coastal vibe. I believe you can still capture the look without replacing large items. You can use your furniture almost like a hanger that you dress up. If you can afford to replace it all, by all means go for it.

To get a coastal feeling bedroom, you have to have some blue. Blue is a great color for a bedroom because it gives you peaceful feeling that works well in a bedroom. The other key features of a coastal room are natural wood, natural fiber rugs, wicker accents and shells if you like them.

Coastal Rug

Nothing says coastal like a natural fiber rug and they are typically pretty inexpensive (unless you shop at Serena and Lily). Side story, I once went in to peak around this store after drooling over the catalog and quickly determined it was not the store for me. There was a framed painted rectangle that was $600. I LOVE Serena & Lily but the prices are outside my comfort level.

Natural rugs can be too rough for your feet, with the exception of Jute. Learn more about jute rugs here. Jute is has a nice soft feel underfoot. For the high end I like this handspun jute rug from West Elm. For the low end I found a similar Jute rug at Target. Be sure you get one that is large enough to allow you to step out on all sides of the bed onto the rug.

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coastal rug

Lighting For A Coastal Bedroom

For lighting I wanted something with wicker. This lamp from Target looks perfect for a beach scene. On the high end I like these glass lamps from Lamps Plus. You could even fill the base with shells.

lighting for a coastal bedroom

If you have extra in your budget I like to replace the overhead lighting with something that fits the coastal feel. This pendant light from Pottery Barn Teen is a bargain. This capiz light would be gorgeous for the high end.

Coastal Drapes

Drapes in a coastal room are light and billowy. I like these linen drapes from West Elm, but you will want to have a shade for privacy (and darkness at night). On the low end I like these from curtain Target for just $40.

Wall Color For A Coastal Bedroom

For the walls I chose a light blue. If you don’t want the walls of your room to be blue, you could do a pale grey, white or even a sandy cream color. All of these colors are thing you see around the ocean. The blue in my vision board is Sherwin Williams Windy Blue, but you could choose any shade of blue that you like in your room.

Art for a Coastal Bedroom

I like to buy art on ETSY but there are lots of great prints on Minted too. The Pacific print is perfect for a coastal bedroom with the light wood frame. You can get a pretty large size framed for less than $300. You can get a similar Beach Scene from Pottery Barn framed for $159.

high and low art

Coastal bedroom accents

Once you have the big five elements, you can always add in some accents that give a room a coastal touch. I like these poufs or foot rests that look like rope. Every room can use something green like a faux fern. I haven’t had a lot of luck with real plants in my bedroom because there isn’t much light.

In addition, add wicker or beach wood frames and shells if you like them.

what if my furniture is dark wood?

You can still have a coastal feeling even if you have dark stained furniture, like a dark wood bed or a dresser. Try getting these five things first (rug, drapes, art, wall color and lighting).

If the room still feels too traditional you can try one of three things:

1.) Paint the furniture a lighter color. I promise that this is possible even if you have never painted a piece of furniture. You can follow this post to get tips for using chalk paint, which doesn’t require sanding.

2.) Replace the furniture. There are some really affordable pieces of modern coastal furniture on Wayfair.

3.) Live with the furniture as is. You might find that after a few weeks, you don’t mind it so much and your bedroom still has a completely different vibe. You can hold out until you find a bed that you love or a great deal on Facebook Marketplace.

What Next?

If you are hesitant at pushing the buy button on your coastal bedroom because none of these options speak to you, email me. Tell me about your vision and I will design a custom board just for you.

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  1. I love the coastal room design! I put up items like this during the summer season. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love a coastal bedroom. My walls are already a light blue, so now I need to find some accessories. Of course, I like the high-end options!

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