Coastal Style Ideas for Your Outdoor Living Space

Craving a coastal vibe this summer?  Whether you’re by the shore or not, it’s fun to create that quintessential summer vibe!  Here are some coastal living ideas for both your outdoor living space and your wardrobe!

I’ve ignored my deck for years, and I really wanted to take it up a notch this summer, especially since we don’t have any plans to vacation by the shore.  I created this coastal décor vibe on my deck with items I already had around the house!  Here are some things I looked for while gathering items:

  • White
  • Green plants
  • Wooden accents
  • Books
  • Candles
  • Shells
  • Lanterns
  • Driftwood
  • Galvanized metal
  • Blue
  • Cozy touches

Once I gathered some items, I brought them to the deck and began arranging.  Since my existing patio furniture already has coastal attributes (distressed teak furniture with cobalt blue and white cushions/umbrella), I didn’t have to use too much effort to achieve a coastal vibe.  If you have furniture accents that you wouldn’t consider to be typically coastal, simply drape some blue and white striped beach towels or blankets over a few chairs.  You could also invest in some new throw pillows!

To add some pops of color (and major summer vibes), I set some faux lemons (Use real if you have them.) in a teak wood bowl and added some fresh strawberries in my water pitcher. 

Coastal Style Outfit

As for my outfit, I reached for a blue and white striped midi skirt and top set with embroidered raspberries (from J. Crew).  Fruit print is always summery and festive!  You could also do white shorts and a button down with a straw hat or any kind of denim with red, blue, or turquoise stripes. 

Top off any look with espadrilles and a woven bag!

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And don’t forget the bright lipstick!  Now is the perfect time to play around with different shades of red and fuchsia.  Those hues really pop next to white and denim. 

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Even if you can’t host soirées this summer, you’ll enjoy catching glimpses of your deck or patio, and when you relax there in the breeze, you’ll feel like you’re vacationing by the coast!  Put on your coastal-style outfit and have a barbecue date night with your loved one!

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