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Designing a coastal outdoor living space: Where to begin

by Debbie Caldwell 07/24/2022

If you want to turn your home into a beachfront property, consider decorating a coastal outdoor living space. You can transform your front porch, backyard, deck or patio into a coastal retreat without the stress and cost of actually moving to the beach.

Here are some ideas for designing a coastal-inspired outdoor living space at home:

Coastal colors

The right color palette is crucial to creating the perfect coastal outdoor space. Start with a backdrop of bright white, warm khaki, beige and other shades reminiscent of the beach sand. Soft, cloudy grays are another excellent choice for a neutral base of your color scheme.

Then, layer in your accent colors for bold, exciting pops of color. Layering multiple shades of deep blue, aqua, sea foam and other blues is a perfect way to bring the ocean into your design. You might also explore vibrant tropical hues like coral and sunny yellow.

Abundant accessories

Coastal decor is all about the accessories. Include plenty of driftwood, sea glass, rope and seashells into your porch or patio design. Jute weaves, cane and wicker furniture combined with nautical motifs and tropical imagery will transform your outdoor space into a personal coastal retreat.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match, too - nautical stripes contrast perfectly with softer, natural imagery depicting animals, plants and ocean waves. Keep your outdoor furniture casual and comfortable for lazy summer days and warm evenings, no matter the season.

Remember these design tips the next time you want to bring the beach home to your porch, patio or yard.

About the Author

Debbie Caldwell

When you first meet Debbie Harris-Caldwell, you are immediately drawn to her charming Welsh accent and the twinkle in her eye. The well-traveled transplant from Wales is quick to set you at ease and time spent with her promises to be time well spent.

Debbie has been a real estate agent for 40 years and takes great pride in her customer service skills. "I make myself available to my customers when they need me, whether it's on a Sunday Evening or after their long day at work. I make my schedule fit theirs. I also keep my customers updated on everything happening with their listings or purchase, I am their conduit for information." She has built a business following her key principles of clear communication, attention to detail, client advocacy, and comprehensive knowledge of the area. Debbie comes to every new transaction with positive energy, determination, a strong understanding of the currents driving the market, and the expertise that comes from a lifetime of experience. She knows the importance of marketing and whether a home is for sale for $200,000 or for $2 million, she always has professional photography done and creates a listing presentation that best shows off her customer's home.