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9 Ways to Achieve the Coastal Farmhouse Look

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neutral living room with large jute rug and other white and brown furniture

Think coastal and farmhouse decor can’t coexist? You might be surprised! Both popular styles offer a relaxed, light, airy, and oh so cozy vibe. Here are the best ways to achieve both looks (or to even transition from one to the other) in your home decor.


1. Start with the perfect paint color to suit your space.

woman with blonde hair holding sticker paint samples

Below are some gorgeous, neutral, paint colors to freshen up your space and provide the perfect canvas for your coastal-farmhouse haven. Because if you have eggplant (or chartreuse) on your walls, you’re not truly living coastal or farmhouse #roomgoals just yet. 😉

numbered neutral colors on white background

  1. BM Revere Pewter – a beautiful greige, suitable for all over. 
  2. BM Gray – the perfect cabinet refresh or accent color. 
  3. SW Pure Whitea timeless & crisp neutral white that’s gorgeous anywhere and everywhere.
  4. SW Alabaster – a creamy white to cozy up your space or to repaint furniture. 
  5. BM Ozark Shadows – the perfect cabinet refresh or accent color.

Hip Tip: What a mess-free, peel-and-stick way to paint sample your new colors? Check out Samplize paint samples!


2. Pull your room together with a jute rug.

beautiful coastal living room with white furniture and great views outside

Rugs USA Maui Jute Braided Rug – $34+

The relaxed look of a jute rug and the warmth of texture and brown neutral tones will pull your farmhouse and/or coastal space together. Plus, they’re great for layering if you love having more than one rug.


3. Choose rustic, beachy lights.

two glass table lamps with white lamp shades

Abbyson Azure Clear Glass 27.5-inch Table Lamp (Set of 2) – $208+

Great lamps set the mood. These light and airy glass lamps are reminiscent of recycled beach glass, while the oversized bases scream farmhouse!


4. Update your old kitchen and bathroom hardware with brass.

blue gray kitchen cabinets with brass hardware white sink and countertops

Martha Stewart Living Bedford Brass Drawer Pull – $2.98

Brass is back, and it’s giving rustic vibes with the fresh color that also complements coastal living. The shiny, new Martha Stewart brass hardware line is an affordable option to update your cabinetry.


5. Add coziness with the perfect linen throw pillows.

two white bordered pillows on white couch

Farmhouse Burlap Linen Trimmed Tailored Edges Throw Pillow Case Cushions (set of 2) – $19.99

Nothing screams beach house more than linen, and I also love that this affordable set of linen pillows also has a burlap border for the perfect, subtle farmhouse feel.

Note that these throw pillows only include the cushion covers – NOT the actual inserts. However, you can buy the inserts here.


6. Add some potted houseplants to liven things up.

banana lead houseplant with cement pot and terracotta planter

With the right planter, you can make any beachy houseplant meet farmhouse right in the middle. Coastal or farmhouse, I personally love a tall banana leaf plant like this gorgeous one from Amazon.


7. Choose the right wood accents.

open shelving with coatsal farmhouse decor

Pure 3 Piece Paulownia Wood Table Vase Set – $36.99

Is it driftwood or salvaged wood? That’s the real question. Incorporating simple, wooden decor with elements of both the land and the sea will beautifully marry both farmhouse and coastal designs.


8. Get a new basket (or two).

Better Homes & Gardens Large Natural Water Hyacinth Boat Basket

Better Homes & Gardens Large Natural Water Hyacinth Boat Baskets, Set of TWO – $37.94 for Both, ONLY $18.97 per Large Basket

Baskets are so useful and can totally cozy-up a space. A beautiful woven or seagrass basket is just what your coastal farmhouse ordered!

Hip Tip: Make sure to check out our post on 13 different ways to use a basket around your house!


9. Update old furniture with slipcovered staple pieces.

white living room with slipcovered furniture

Birch Lane Heritage Slipcovered Sofa – $1,159

Slipcovered furniture invokes sand and sea – even when the beach is actually 1,000 miles away. The cozy look of these timeless pieces also doubles as farmhouse chic.


Now, create a cozy new space with your favorite pieces!

white accent chair with black side table

I may be biased, but there’s nothing cozier than a coastal farmhouse. Now that you’ve created the perfect space, it’s time to curl up on the couch with loved ones and enjoy it all!


Sara (sara@hip2behome.com) loves sharing decor that inspires people on a budget and finds joy in traveling to new places. 


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Comments 8

  1. Dawn

    Any idea on where to buy those white and wood rocking chairs in the first picture?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! They are sold at Target here, Dawn!

      • Dawn

        Oh thank you so much!

  2. Lisa D

    How about the white chairs in the last picture? 🙂

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I see similar ones here and here.

  3. markiesluv

    We moved to Florida from Missouri so Beachy was what we wanted and of course being a midwest farmers daughter I couldn’t leave the farmhouse out!! We did the coatstal farmhouse and incorporated some soft teals, barnwood from Mo and a white leather couch. We did shiplap in the shower and beachstones in the shower floor. We basicly gutted the house and are just about finished. Anyone wondering if the two can be married….they can and create a great place to sit and breath!! Great article and such beautiful ideas for people! Thank you.

  4. markiesluv

    Oh and I know the brass is coming back in style but I have to say I love the bronze still!! LOL

  5. hipsaver2

    I love those Boat baskets!

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