Modern Coastal Decor Living Room Decorating Ideas

Ever since nearing completion on the 1987 Fixer Upper, my thoughts have of course turned to the fun part…decorating!  It is fairly daunting to decorate your own home…I totally understand that!  It can definitely be costly, and if you are anything like me, you are much more indecisive when selecting something for yourself, than you are when you are purchasing things for others.  I’m like that with everything!  I have known since we moved that the UT house was going to be modern coastal decor.  No matter that it’s in the mountains!  I need some CA Beach in my home away from home! 😉 I am finally getting around to decorating the living room and I wanted to share these modern coastal decor living room decorating ideas with you to show you the direction we’re heading and hopefully inspire any of you that are looking for modern coastal decor living room decorating ideas too!

modern coastal decor living room decorating ideas

We have a true blank slate to work with here.  I painted the walls Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams, but with the pigment reduced to 25%.  I wanted a little bit of contrast between the walls and the trim, but also wanted things to be a very light and bright palette to work with.  The rug shown here is not staying, I have another rug from HomeGoods that is taking it’s place with a more muted design, and a few of the furniture pieces have started to arrive.

modern coastal decor living room

This house is quite large, but none of the rooms are very wide.  They are long and narrow..which complicates things just a bit.  This room needed a focal point, which meant adding a fireplace, but doing so means an even narrower space to decorate…so is the smaller love seat size.  We’re using our same rattan chairs from the OC house for the time being.  I have my eye on some others, but those will probably have to wait.  I found , and you can see the rug is marked where will go.

Here are the pieces I have picked out for the room…

Modern coastal collage
I am loving all of the blues (of course) and I’ve worked in some blush to go with it and to pair with some artwork I already have hung in the dining room.  I just love the fresh and airy feel all of these pieces have. I am looking at doing some roman shades on the windows with either white linen drapes or some very pale blue drapes on gold rods.  I am drawing inspiration from several places, here are a few of the rooms I have pinned…
modern coastal decor living room decorating ideas

via Heidi Caillier Design

modern coastal decor living room decorating ideas

via Studio McGee

modern coastal decor living room decorating ideas

via HGTV

modern coastal decor living room decorating ideas

via Cove Interiors

I’d love to work in …or maybe …but they are on the pricey side, so they might have to wait. 😉

What do you think?  We don’t spend much time in this room, but it is the first room you see when you open the front door, so it sets the tone for the rest of the house.  I want it to be light and airy, welcoming, and nice, but not too formal.  I think this design will achieve those objectives. 🙂

I’ll be sure to update you more throughout the process to let you know how it’s coming! 🙂

Want to see the other rooms in the 1987 Fixer Upper?  You can follow along with the transformation of this home here.

Also, be sure to check out our design gallery for all kinds of design ideas.

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Creative Director at Pink Peppermint Design
Tammy Mitchell is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog Along with being a homeschooling mom of two kiddos, she is also an in-demand prop and event stylist, photographer, interior and graphic designer. On Pink Peppermint Design, she shares creative DIY projects, easy entertaining and gift ideas, inspiring interiors and events. She lives in Southern California, with her husband and two children.

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2 thoughts on “Modern Coastal Decor Living Room Decorating Ideas”

  1. Hi Tammy,
    I love all the pieces you picked! They’re beautiful perfect for the modern coastal living room theme! I especially love the rattan chair! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing these great decorating ideas 🙂


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