Coastal bedroom ideas — 5 beautiful ways to add beachy bliss

We've found out the coastal bedroom ideas interior designers absolutely love

Coastal bedroom ideas are always beautiful. Here is a blue bedroom with a blue wall with white mirror, white bed, rattan bench, and knitted throw
(Image credit: GLDESIGN / Neil Landino Photography)

If your idea of the perfect day is one spent by the sea, coastal bedroom ideas may be up your street. Adding a few of these inspired beachy touches to your space will channel the relaxing vibes of coastal nature.

We’ve spoken with interior designers to find out how they decorate with this look in their clients’ spaces. From nautical colors to natural materials, there are so many subtle ways you can bring this in.

When it comes to bedroom ideas, keeping the space bright and open will always make it shine. Say bye-bye to boring decor and hello to breezy, beautiful coastal vibes.

Coastal bedroom ideas

Coastal decor is a bedroom trend not going anywhere anytime soon, so it's a brilliant one to keep in mind when giving yours a makeover.

Where our experts have recommended anything specific, we've also found beachy buys to help you get the look.

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1. Choose natural colors

A bedroom with gray walls, a gray bed with white and blue bedding, a white rug, and wooden nightstand

(Image credit: CASS Design Co)

When you think of the beach, you might immediately think of golden sands and bright blue skies. For a truly dreamy effect, it’s best to use bright but soft colors. 

“For the color palette, use beige, grays, and soft blue or green tones,” says Cassie Scaldaferri, interior designer and owner of CASS Design Co.

A picture of Cassie Scaldaferri, a woman with brown hair wearing a white dress
Cassie Scaldaferri

Cassie Scaldaferri is the creator behind CASS Design Co. She specializes in coastal home designs, helping others create places they love.This makes her the perfect person to speak to for coastal bedroom ideas.

She continues, “These colors mimic the landscape of the coast, and they evoke a sense of calm, which is especially important for a bedroom space intended to rest and reset our bodies.”

We recommend using samples before going all-in on paint colors for small bedrooms, as you can see where in the room the color will shine best and how the hue fares in the natural lighting particular to your space.

2. Bring in raw wood tones

A white bedroom with wooden frames on the wall, a white dresser, and a jute bed with white bedding

(Image credit: CASS Design Co)

Wooden boats, driftwood, and benches are all things you find on the beach, so it makes sense to add these to your bedroom for a nautical look.

Cassie explains, “Raw wood tones enhance the coastal feel, as it mimics a piece of wood washed along the shore. These pieces feel organic and can further enhance the calming vibe of the space."

To bring these in, Cassie recommends picking at least one piece of furniture or decor in a raw wood material (we like these Yaetm Oak Frames from Amazon which are similar to the ones Cassie used in the picture above). 

This is the perfect way to give your bedroom space a coastal vibe.

3. Go for breezy window treatments

A gray bedroom with white curtains, a plant, and a white bed with blue and beige throw pillows and throws

(Image credit: CASS Design Co)

When it comes to creating a coastal retreat, whether you’re actually by the sea or not, having bright and beautiful windows is a must.

“Select breezy window treatments to allow for natural light and an airy atmosphere,” says Artem Kropovinsky, interior designer and founder of Arsight.

Artem Kropovinsky
Artem Kropovinsky

Artem Kropovinsky is an interior design expert and founder of Arsight, an award-winning interior design studio based in New York. He's designed plenty of different rooms throughout the years, including bedrooms with coastal decor.

If you can’t change your window frames, be sure to go for curtains in white colors and lightweight materials.

This will not only make a small bedroom look bigger but will brighten a dark room, too.

4. Use natural textures

A blue bedroom with a blue wall with white mirror, white bed, rattan bench, and knitted throw

(Image credit: GLDESIGN / Neil Landino Photography)

As well as bringing wooden materials in, you can choose natural elements and shapes reminiscent of the shoreline.

“The best way to approach adding texture is remembering a little goes a long way,” says Cassie. "Sprinkled in here and there keeps the look elevated, versus making it look like a dated beach house."

Smart placement of appropriate texture will bring coastal grandmother decor vibes and help update an outdated small bedroom.

“A driftwood mirror, braided throw on a rattan bench, and textured jute rug all add interest and dimension to a soothing base,” says Gaelle Dudley, interior designer and founder of GLDESIGN.

A picture of Gaelle Dudley sitting on a white couch in a white living room
Gaelle Dudley

Gaelle Dudley is the interior designer and founder of GLDESIGN. Her design aesthetics includes New England shorelines, California dreams and Florida pastels, making her a pro at decorating coastal bedrooms.

You could also take a more sustainable approach by collecting pieces of sea glass, seashells, and driftwood from a close by beach and adding them into bowls or even DIY wall artwork with them.

5. Finish off with a touch of greenery

A blue dresser with a mirror, photo frame, and plant on it

(Image credit: CASS Design Co)

We love a nautical color palette, but we think breaking it up with a bold burst of greenery will also add vibrancy to the space.

Artem says, “Bring in indoor plants to complement the beachy atmosphere of a place, thus acting as natural air purifiers.”

Mix up the different heights and kinds to add various interest points, and don’t forget to place them in a beachy pot or basket. This BlueMake Woven Seagrass Basket from Amazon would work well, and it has handles for easy transportation, too.

By adding beachy touches to your bedroom, you’re sure to create a relaxing place to catch some Zs.

Cassie finishes by saying, “The bedroom is the perfect space in the home for a coastal vibe, as this encompasses a sense of calmness and serenity.”

If you’re looking for even more gorgeous design styles, these aesthetics for small bedrooms are also worth considering when switching up your space.

Eve Smallman
Content Editor

Hi there! I’m a content editor at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses. For Real Homes, I specialize in interior design, trends and finding the best viral buys.