Coastal dining rooms are breezy and livable, made for stylishly laid-back entertaining and lingering over relaxing family meals. And the good news is that you don’t need to live anywhere remotely near a beach to pull off a coastal look. This accessible, affordable modern style channels the sand and the sea with shades of blue, white and neutral tones; natural materials like wood and rattan; and a focus on maximizing natural light and air flow to create a comfortable indoor outdoor feel. Here are some coastal dining rooms that show off the crowd-pleasing style.
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Lay a Statement Rug
A vivid blue overdyed rug, blue-tinted transparent chairs, and woven window shades add a coastal feel to this dining room from Amanda Barnes Interiors.
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This Cape Cod dining room from Kate Marker Interiors has saturated deep navy paint on the walls (Benjamin Moore’s Midnight Blue) that adds moody contrast to the crisp white painted ceiling beams and sets off a gallery of gold-framed botanical prints. Comfortable seating in natural tones invites friends and family to linger around the table.
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Warm It Up with Natural Textures
Desiree Burns Interiors mixed plenty of natural textures to create a relaxed and comfortable feel in this light-flooded coastal dining room, from the woven pendant light to the leather-backed chairs. A gallery wall of color photographs in identical white frames decorate the light blue walls while retaining a light and airy feel.
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Set the Mood
Christina Kim Interior Design painted the wood paneled walls of this coastal dining room in a moody blue-gray that evokes the sea on a cloudy day.
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Hang a Sea-Worthy Gallery Wall
Emily Henderson Design hung a gallery wall of thrift store ocean landscapes that drives home the coastal themes in this dining room while adding contrast to the modern seating and lighting, polished concrete flooring, and live edge dining table.
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Accent with Dark Wood
Mindy Gayer Design Co. contrasted the airy white and pale wood tones of this coastal dining room with dark wood accents that add dimension and highlight the neutral patterned wallpaper.
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Choose a Few Bold Nautical Accents
This coastal Maine dining room from Tyler Karu Design and Interiors has pale gray-blue walls that pass for white, modern rustic furnishings in contrasting wood tones, and two bold nautical themed accents—a large painting of a vintage ship and an oversized gilded pendant light in the shape of a seashell—that evoke sea and sand.
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Highlight the View
This coastal Southern California dining room is graced with a view of the Pacific, White Sands kept things simple, hanging transparent glass bubble pendant lights that anchor the natural wood dining table without blocking the scenery, and adding tall patterned curtains in shades of blue around the windows that frame the view.
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Kate Marker Interiors stuck to a light neutral palette in this coastal dining room, adding ample slipcovered seating and glass-front cabinetry to display objects and help link the space to the adjacent living room.
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Add a Windowseat
Emily Henderson Design tucked the dining room in this open-plan space into a large bay window that lets in a maximum of natural light. Custom wood banquette seating echoes the large oval wood dining table, and midnight blue upholstery is carried over to the dining chairs for a cohesive look.
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Include a Whimsical Detail
Mindy Gayer Design Co. mixed a white painted table with natural woven cafe-style chairs in this bright coastal dining room, and hung a beach-themed painting above the banquette that adds a note of color and whimsy.
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Hang Oversized Lighting
Maite Granda anchored the large weathered wood table and pale wishbone-style chairs of this casual but stylish Florida dining room with a pair of oversized pendant lights that add natural texture that complements the two-toned neutral rug.
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Play with Patterns
Louis Duncan-He Designs added pale blue patterned wallpaper and an abstract geometric rug in shades of blue that complements the dark navy and beige seating and rich wood-clad ceiling in this coastal dining room with an eclectic modern edge.
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Swap Blue for Black
Leclair Decor swapped traditional blue for black in this modern take on a coastal dining room, with a black-stained wood dining table with clean lines, curvy pale wood and leather chairs, floor-to-ceiling white drapes, contemporary lighting, and a soft black-and-white patterned wallpaper that complements the painted white wood-paneled ceilings.
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Skip the Rug
Kate Marker Interiors skipped the rug in this light and airy waterfront dining room, adding a light wood table and chairs that echoes the hardwood flooring and ceiling beam. Textural accessories like a rope chandelier add interest while maintaining a neutral palette that lets the view from the sliding glass doors remain the focus.
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Desiree Burns Interiors covered the walls of this bright coastal dining room with swirly abstract blue-and-white wallpaper that creates movement that recalls ocean waves without being too literal. A chunky modern white tabletop is set off with a dramatic natural wood base, complemented with seating in painted white wood and natural cane and rattan, while a potted palm plant and a domed pendant light with a glimmering gold interior adds some tropical warmth.
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Infuse with Vintage Accents
Kate Marker Interiors added a large dining table with bulbous legs and pale blue-and-white patterned wallpaper above the wainscoting to give this coastal dining room a vintage feel. Ribbon-tied seat cushions on the cane-back chairs and an airy white beaded chandelier with a tassel detail infuse the modern space with some old school charm.
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Hang Playful Lighting
Christina Kim Interior Design mixed a neutral palette of white, beige, and natural wood tones and woven textures with a pale wood clad ceiling and theatrical pendant lighting that gives the space a playful coastal feel.
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Dress It Up
This coastal Maine dining room from Tyler Karu Design and Interiors has a formal feel with its saturated navy walls, curvy medium-toned wood and leather furniture, and antique gold lighting fixtures.
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Add Sunset Hues
White Sands added a simple abstract painting that recalls the peachy pinks and blues of a sunset in this Southern California coastal dining room decorated with blues, whites, and wood tones.
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Kate Marker Interiors added warmth and interest to this classic coastal dining room with a play of textures and patterns from the grasscloth walls to the wavy patterned curtains to the chunky woven seating, tiered textile pendant light, and neutral patterned rug.
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Soften With Beige Tones
This modern dining room from Amanda Barnes Interiors has a coastal feel that is softened with curvy furniture and lighting and tones of beige that warm up the light and airy space.
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Mix White and Wood
Tyler Karu Design and Interiors added a set of vintage white wicker chairs around this carved wood farmhouse table and a line of simple candlesticks down the center, then dressed the waterfront windows with gauzy white floor-to-ceiling curtains that don’t interfere with the coastal views.
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This Southampton, New York surfing village retreat from Becca Interiors mixes classic antique furniture with a modern banquette and coastal accents like a gallery wall of thrift store paintings and a surfboard leaning casually against the wall.