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When creating a coastal-style home, there are a few key pieces you'll want to consider. Natural textures are an important element that you can add through furniture made of rattan, sea grass or wicker. Driftwood pieces can be a little cliché, but natural unstained woods or chippy painted wood can create the same casual feel. And for upholstered pieces, white slipcovers that can be washed, bleached and dried in the sun create an immediate beach-house feel that can stand up to sandy feet and towels.
Stripes are a classic way to bring a seaside touch. Wide navy and white stripes have a nautical flare, while thinner red and white stripes feel a little more rustic, like in a French coastal village. Add stripes through upholstery, like here, or in a rug or pillows. You can even paint stripes on your walls for a low-cost but high impact look.
Here are some top coastal accessories and where to find them.
I love this sea grass stool for a natural touch. Sea grass accessories abound in coastal decor, as do buoys and driftwood signs.
• This stool and other natural textures are part of Pottery Barn's seasonal collection.
• True to its name, you can find a lot of natural pieces at Wicker Paradise.
• If shopping vintage, be sure to check for unraveling or fraying wicker, which can be difficult to fix.