Fresh and Stylish Coastal Living Room Ideas

Nothing says “fresh” and “airy” quite like coastal decor. Capturing the vibe of the sea means capturing a tranquil, uplifting vibe that you can enjoy every time you are at home. After all, nothing is more inspiring than nature.

There are several ways you can capture this appeal in your home, particularly in a living room. It isn’t just one “style.” You can blend a coastal vibe with any other decorating style, including modern, contemporary, and farmhouse. As I said, it’s more about the vibe. Think crisp neutrals, rustic textures, and a few colorful accents that are found in nature like blue and green.

Here are 10 coastal living rooms to give you some ideas and inspiration for your own home.

Coastal Living Rooms

Fresh and Stylish Coastal Living Room Ideas | MeganMorrisBlog.comNeutrals with a few subtle blue and turquoise accents create a tranquil coastal feel.
Source: Quill Decor

Fresh and Stylish Coastal Living Room Ideas | MeganMorrisBlog.comAn L-shaped turquoise sofa makes a fresh, bold statement in this living room.
Source: New England Home

Fresh and Stylish Coastal Living Room Ideas | MeganMorrisBlog.comThis living space is so clean and airy, you can practically hear the ocean waves.
Source: Homes to Love

Fresh and Stylish Coastal Living Room Ideas | MeganMorrisBlog.comA blue sofa is a nice, bold touch that brings life to this beautiful space.
Source: Home Bunch

Fresh and Stylish Coastal Living Room Ideas | MeganMorrisBlog.comThis looks like the perfect place to take a nap after a long day in the sun.
Source: Craftberry Bush

Fresh and Stylish Coastal Living Room Ideas | MeganMorrisBlog.comThis living room proves that coastal decor can also be cozy.
Source: House of Turquoise

Fresh and Stylish Coastal Living Room Ideas | MeganMorrisBlog.comNavy blue instantly grabs your attention in this beautiful, nautical space.
Source: Style At Home

Fresh and Stylish Coastal Living Room Ideas | MeganMorrisBlog.comLove the farmhouse touches mixed with the clean, contemporary coastal decor.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Fresh and Stylish Coastal Living Room Ideas | MeganMorrisBlog.comThe coastal influence is subtle but present in this beautiful living room.
Source: Homedit

Fresh and Stylish Coastal Living Room Ideas | MeganMorrisBlog.comGreenery always manages to bring a space to life.
Source: Holy City Chic

Which one captures your favorite interpretation of the coastal style?

Warm regards,
Megan

Living Rooms That Are Beautiful in Blue

The living room is kind of like the heart of a home. It’s where everyone gathers after a long day and entertains on the weekends and holidays. Deciding on a color palette for this space is rooted in how you want to feel when you are spending time in it. For many, they want something that is relaxing and family friendly. That makes blue a perfect option for many.

Blue is one of my favorite colors to work with because it is so versatile. It’s gender-neutral and has an elegant, relaxing vibe that everyone naturally responds to. To take its versatility a step further, the hue and tone that you choose can say a lot. A deep, vibrant blue will be dramatic while a soft, subdued blue will be serene and tranquil. It’s all in the mood you want to capture.

To show the incredible range of the color, here are several blue living room ideas that are all different but beautiful in their own way.

Blue Living Room Ideas

Living Rooms That Are Beautiful in Blue | MeganMorrisBlog.comBlue accents paired with a neutral palette create a relaxing, elegant space for the family.
Source: Traditional Home

Living Rooms That Are Beautiful in Blue | MeganMorrisBlog.comNavy blue creates a captivating pairing with the emerald green sofa.
Source: Studio McGee

Living Rooms That Are Beautiful in Blue | MeganMorrisBlog.comNothing says coastal like blue. For an elegant approach to the style, keep things neutral with just a few coastal touches.
Source: Home Bunch

Living Rooms That Are Beautiful in Blue | MeganMorrisBlog.comSubdued grey-blue accents cultivate a modern appeal with a hint of color.
Source: Style At Home

Living Rooms That Are Beautiful in Blue | MeganMorrisBlog.comBlue serves up a casual, boho-chic vibe that is beautiful and refreshing.
Source: My Domaine

Living Rooms That Are Beautiful in Blue | MeganMorrisBlog.comThis room embodies traditional elegance with a lovely mixture of patterns on a clean white backdrop.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Living Rooms That Are Beautiful in Blue | MeganMorrisBlog.comDeep pops of blue are dramatic and sophisticated in this white space.
Source: The Design Company via Decor Pad

Living Rooms That Are Beautiful in Blue | MeganMorrisBlog.comThe blue and grey in this space almost have a monochromatic relationship with the blue acting as a more vibrant form of the grey.
Source: House Beautiful

Living Rooms That Are Beautiful in Blue | MeganMorrisBlog.comHow stunning is that long Chesterfield sofa in a deep, vibrant blue? Definitely a statement piece!
Source: Domino

Living Rooms That Are Beautiful in Blue | MeganMorrisBlog.comThe art on the walls stands out on the white while the blue sofas add a splash of color that complements the artwork and pulls it all together.
Source: Elle Decor

Blue is a beautiful choice for any room, especially the main living area.

Warm regards,
Megan

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room

Decorating a room with two-story ceilings can be a challenge. These rooms tend to lack warmth and feel cavernous if they aren’t styled correctly. In a living room, this can be especially frustrating because it’s a space we commonly like to feel a sense of comfort in. Creating a space that feels intimate and cozy may seem like an impossibility if the ceilings are high, but it’s not only possible but full of opportunity to do something really special.

The trick is to highlight the beauty of the high ceilings while pulling them together with what is happening in the lower half of the room. By including the upper half in the overall design of the space and making use of it as you would any other part of the room, you simultaneously highlight this captivating feature while creating a more intimate vibe.

Here are 10 two-story living rooms that did a beautiful job of making the most of the high ceilings with a variety of solutions.

Two-Story Living Room Ideas

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comA large chandelier draws your eye up and fills the space with something charming to look at while the wood panels add character.
Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comThe lines of the chandelier and beams match the other lines in the space to create a captivating visual flow.
Source: Luxe

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comThree well-placed chandeliers look like art installations floating from the ceiling.
Source: House of Turquoise

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comA graphic wallpaper and beautiful stone facade stretch floor-to-ceiling for an incredible statement in the room.
Source: Traditional Home

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comBeautiful stone stretches from floor-to-ceiling as the focal point while wall art keeps your eye moving through the space.
Source: Kelley Nan

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comThe three pieces of art that flow together lead your eye upward while subsequently making the space feel cozier.
Source: Zillow

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comFloor-to-ceiling drapes soften the windows while stone and artwork around the fireplace ground it.
Source: Toll Brothers

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comMany smart solutions for making a tall, large space feel more intimate are at work here: the floor-to-ceiling drapes and stone, the artwork, the green ceiling, and the area rug.
Source: The Style Estate

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comWood panels add an extra element to the high ceilings to give them dimension and a sense of coziness.
Source: Two Twenty One

Making the Most of a Two-Story Living Room | MeganMorrisBlog.comA glamorous chandelier and chic artwork keep the charm going all the way up to the ceiling.
Source: Addison’s Wonderland

I hope these ideas inspire you to make the most of your high ceilings.

Warm regards,
Megan

The Lovely Look of L-Shaped Sofas

When you are decorating a living room, the most important piece of furniture is the sofa. Since it’s the largest piece in the room, it immediately draws your eye, so you want it to be as stylish as possible to be a worthy focal point. What’s just as important as its aesthetic quality, though, is its level of comfort.

L-shaped sofas are fantastic in that they offer both beauty and comfort. The right angle creates an inviting, intimate setting that exudes warmth and is perfect for entertaining. It also fits in a variety of different spaces, large or small. In a large space, it can help create a sense of coziness. In a small space, it takes up very little room while offering a lot of seating.

The best part is that L-shaped sofas come in a variety of sizes, colors and styles to suit any space. Check out these 10 inspiring rooms with L-shaped sofas to get some ideas.

L-Shaped Sofa Inspiration

The Lovely Look of L-Shaped Sofas | HomeandEventStyling.comA camel L-shaped sofa was the perfect choice for this corner to bring some style and character.
Source: Architectural Digest

The Lovely Look of L-Shaped Sofas | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a room with floor-to-ceiling windows, an L-shaped sofa puts the focus on the view and allows everyone to enjoy it.
Source: Highgate House via Decor Pad

The Lovely Look of L-Shaped Sofas | HomeandEventStyling.comA charming mixture of blue pillows add some personality to the neutral sofa and pull the room together.
Source: House Beautiful

The Lovely Look of L-Shaped Sofas | HomeandEventStyling.comThis L-shaped sofa fits perfectly into this cozy corner of a home office. The small end tables add surface space and style without making it feel too cramped.
Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

The Lovely Look of L-Shaped Sofas | HomeandEventStyling.comThe low profile of this sofa keeps it from blocking the view while still offering plenty of extra seating.
Source: My Domaine

The Lovely Look of L-Shaped Sofas | HomeandEventStyling.comA lovely plant in the corner behind the sofa creates dimension in this space and makes it more dynamic.
Source: Coco Cozy

The Lovely Look of L-Shaped Sofas | HomeandEventStyling.comHow charming is this chesterfield sofa mixed with industrial decor? Love the contrasting styles.
Source: Overstock

The Lovely Look of L-Shaped Sofas | HomeandEventStyling.comL-shaped sofas create wonderfully cozy spaces. Pair it with some pillows, a throw, and an area rug to make it extra inviting.
Source: Decoholic

The Lovely Look of L-Shaped Sofas | HomeandEventStyling.comAll the right angles in this room create a captivating look that is softened by a few choice curved lines.
Source: Pottery Barn

The Lovely Look of L-Shaped Sofas | HomeandEventStyling.comSome colorful pillows do a great job of bringing personality to a neutral sofa and can easily be switched out for the seasons.
Source: Sequins and Things

Love a great L-shaped sofa!

Warm regards,
Megan

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases

Built-in bookcases are one of my favorite design and architectural features in a home. While they are rarer to find nowadays in new home builds, that doesn’t make them any less beautiful, functional or timeless. In fact, many people are installing them in their homes because of the great style and storage opportunities they provide.

A room with a built-in bookcase instantly has more charm. Even a simple built-in can elevate the room’s style and give you ample storage space for books, DVDs, decor, and other items. You can add drawers and cabinets to them depending on the storage space that you need and the look that you want to create.Besides just the many storage options, you can also personalize the aesthetic with design elements like arches, play with the color and finish, and get creative with the accessories.

Besides just the many storage options, you can also personalize the aesthetic with design elements like arches, play with the color and finish, and get creative with the accessories.

If you have a small space, built-in bookcases can be a life saver. They are perfect for studio apartments to give you more storage space and character in your living room. For a larger space, they can add warmth and take advantage of high ceilings.

Here are 10 living rooms with built-in bookcases to inspire you and show you some of the many possibilities of this great feature.

Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comTwo built-in bookcases nicely flank this beautiful arched window and provide some contrasting shapes.
Source: Coco Kelly

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comThe built-in bookcases help create a nice flow in this open floor plan.
Source: Zsa Zsa Bellagio

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comA black background adds depth and style to these beautiful white, built-in bookcases.
Source: Bliss At Home

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comArches add some extra interest and beauty to this wall of built-ins.
Source: Real Simple

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comA charcoal facade contrasts beautifully with the white walls, while the alternating shelves keep your eyes moving.
Source: Home Bunch

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comA floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcase can also serve as a multi-functional room divider in a small space.
Source: My Domaine

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comA pop of color and pattern in the backdrop is the perfect way to add some whimsy and style to your bookcases.
Source: The Pink Clutch

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comThis space may be small, but the built-in bookcases make the most of the limited space and add a lot of charm.
Source: Traditional Home

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comFor a living room, built-ins help create a more cohesive design for your television, entertainment consoles, and decor.
Source: Refinery29

10 Charming Living Rooms with Built-In Bookcases | HomeandEventStyling.comMixing cabinets with shelves will make your built-in more customized to your needs by giving you more storage space.
Source: HGTV

Would you ever consider installing one (or more) in your home?

Warm regards,
Megan