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Coastal Furniture Ideas for Casual Florida Living

When you think of coastal style, many different images may run through your head. This isn't surprising, considering there are many different sub-styles that fall under the umbrella of coastal style. Bur regardless of which sub-style you're thinking about for your home, they all have some elements in common. And they are all perfect for casual Florida living. Ocean-inspired colors, plenty of natural sunlight, and natural fibers and textures are all in the mix.

The casual, breezy feeling of a vacation home can be created in any space with coastal furniture. Inspired by the tropical climate and relaxed sophistication of casual Florida living, this design style relies on light weathered wood, natural textures, and dècor that references the sun and surf just outside the door.

Natural Fibers and Texture

Natural fibers such as woven seagrass and wicker are hallmarks of coastal furniture. They go well with rugs made of jute or sisal for an overall textured look and feel. Popular in coastal homes because they stand up to foot traffic that brings in sand and moisture, they also give rooms a casual vibe.

Barclay Butera Malibu Decker Woven Cocktail Table

Fresh but timeless, the Barclay Butera Malibu Decker Woven Cocktail Table brings in texture and interest with woven Anakao braided and applied to every side of the table. It adds a natural touch and elegance when paired with neutral upholstery for a casual Florida living space.

Stillwater Harbortown Round Pedestal Dining Table

You can also pair white furniture with natural materials, such as in this Stillwater Harbortown Round Pedestal Dining Table which pairs well with the unique Seagrass Dining Chair.

Modern Minimalist Coastal Style

When the trend goes minimal, coastal steps up to the plate. A minimalist approach gives homes a modern, open feel. To get this look, add only what fits in the space, with a focus on both form and function. The difficulty is finding the right furnishings and furniture to complete the room without overwhelming it. Once you get it right, you'll be happy with the result.

Barclay Butera Malibu Seaboard Counter Height Bistro Table

A counter height table, such as the Barclay Butera Malibu Seaboard Counter Height Bistro Table and four Cliffside Swivel Upholstered Counter Stools fits this aesthetic even as it brings in a touch of coastal style. It's the perfect set as it does triple duty in a space often used for working, dining, and entertaining.

Use Seashells, Coral, or Driftwood Mindfully

Although inspired by the sea and seafaring, casual Florida coastal style doesn't need gratuitous use of ship wheels, nautical ropes, driftwood, or seashells. These can be charming accents when used with a light touch; an excess of these accessories can easily stray into kitsch.

Skip the overflowing glass vase filled with seashells and make a statement with one or two large shells, specimen corals, or a uniquely formed piece of driftwood. Any of these on their own will make an ideal conversation piece.

Tommy Bahama Home Ocean Breeze Turtle Point Buffet

For example, this sculptural piece of driftwood is displayed on the Tommy Bahama Home Ocean Breeze Turtle Point Buffet, giving the room a subtle coastal feel.

Choose Washed-Out Wood Tones

One of the key features of coastal furniture is its light, distressed wood finishes. Whether white-washed or unfinished and worn down by sand and sea, this quintessential coastal look instantly brings to mind sunsets on the pier and long walks on drift-wood strewn beaches.

Barclay Butera Malibu Broad Beach Buffet

In re-interpretation of this weathered look, the Barclay Butera Malibu Broad Beach Buffet features a wire-brushed taupe finish that gives it an air of easy-going elegance. With warm, burnished metal hardware the color of an old copper coin, and raised beaded moldings, this piece brings coastal vibes into both formal and casual dining rooms.

With a wide range of coastal furniture to choose from, Baer's Furniture has everything you need to create the perfect coastal look for casual Florida living. Visit the Baer's Furniture store near you to discover pieces you'll love, or make an appointment with an in-house design professional to help bring your vision to life.