Pinning East Coast decor against West Coast decor is similar to watching a battle of style between The Hamptons and Malibu. Is one better than the other? Hard to say. Both have very distinct coastal vibes. One is more refined and cozy while the other is more free and relaxed. The thing to remember: This ain’t no boat race! They’re equally winning style. Choosing one over the other (or a mix of both) truly depends on your style preferences.
Your Choice: East Coast Class Or West Coast Vibes
East Coast Pillows & Seating
In an East Coast home it is crucial to have a navy and white stripe somewhere in the house. Whether it be a pillow, a rug, or a great accent chair. It says coastal and nautical without being cliche. To bring the whole room together, a mix of blue and white prints can tie up loose ends. Adding textiles in ikat, floral, or more stripes will keep the room from feeling dull. A navy sofa or loveseat will really make a statement in the room. Layer on a cable knit throw, and you’re good to go!
West Coast Pillows & Seating
On the West Coast, they are more interested in the free form block print or African mudcloth. This is done by hand with inks and block. It’s a stamp for fabrics. Mudcloth also sounds like what it is. It is fabric dyed with fermented mud, and all patterns are created by hand. Each textile is unique, but it makes a room feel loved. On the West Coast, they keep it simple by mixing and matching different block prints while keep the rest of the fabrics fairly neutral.
East Coast Coffee Tables
On the East Coast a great brass and glass coffee table with do the trick in any space. It’s elegant, it can be casual, and it doesn’t take up much visual space.
Light and elegant, the London Coffee Table is designed with a sophisticated hourglass frame that goes from traditional to modern with timeless style.
West Coast Coffee Tables
On the West Coast, a live-edge coffee table is key. This type of coffee table can be very expensive, but it really feels like you’re bringing a piece of the outside in.
East Coast Lighting
For the most part, East Coast lighting is fairly traditional. It is classic in shape and style. Sometimes a great antique lamp will have a cool new lampshade with a fantastic fabric.
West Coast Lighting
On the West Coast, lighting is often kept sleek and simple – a combination that’s hard to go wrong with.
The Brushed Gold Task Lamp from Nate Berkus has a simple metal base and shade. The clean lines of this desk lamp fit well with many decors.
East Coast Decor
When it comes to styling a coffee table or a bookshelf, choosing decor is crucial because it is what brings out the personality of the people that live in that space. East Coast decor is classic with inlaid bone boxes, rattan knick-knacks, nautical books, and hydrangeas from the garden.
West Coast Decor
On the West Coast decor is used sparingly. It is meant to be jewelry to the room, but it is understated and always unique.
Claim Your Style
If you’re looking to update your space so that you can live in either a Nancy Meyer’s movie, or a surf shack-vibed dwelling, there’s a Havenly designer who can take your room from bland to beachy with packages starting at only $79!
These coastal decor ideas were created for you by Havenly designer Ann F., who loves designing Contemporary and Classic spaces that are cozy and welcoming. If you like Ann’s style, book her today and get decorated!