I’ve always been a huge fan of the grandmillennial style, long before I had any idea what it was. Growing up, I loved my Gran’s “maximalist” way of decorating. It felt so cozy and warm, in stark contrast to my mom’s favorite all-white-everything. No hate! The grass is just always greener on the other side, right?
Fast forward to today, and I’ve found balance in between the two – a fresh, updated take on pattern and texture mixing. Home for all of my trinkets and memories and life, without everything looking too cluttered. I’m not saying that I’ve got it all figured out, but after years of trial and error, I’m so happy with where I landed. Especially considering I live on the beach, where the decor is generally a copy and paste of the same turquoise and coral color palette, complete with a “Welcome to the BEACH” sign on the wall. (Again, no hate! It just ain’t me, and if you feel the same, you’ve found the right article.)
The coastal grandma, or coastal grandmillennial, style of decorating is the happy medium between the old and new way of doing interiors inspired by the beach landscape. My favorite part about it is that it leaves room for a lot of LIFE. Coastal grandma decor is the perfect neutral backdrop to tables filled with framed family photos, giant bowls filled with shells and sea glass, and turkish towels strewn all over the house. And that’s really all that matters to me. I have two kids, 3.5 and 1.5. My home needs to be able to look like people actually live here.
Get The Coastal Grandma Look In Your Home
- Texture, texture, texture. I know everything that’s ever been deemed “beachy” has always been blue. But truthfully, you don’t have to introduce any color if you don’t want. Or you can introduce a variety of colors! The only real rule here is that you need to layer lots and lots of cozy, warm textures. Think of all the textures you see at the beach – dune grass, sand, broken shells, driftwood. You can create a coastal look that isn’t too obviously beachy by introducing the same variety of textures in your home.
- If you don’t have antiques, find new ways to introduce character. If you’re on a budget, you likely have a lot of more modern looking furniture from places like IKEA. They saved me when we spent all of our money on our first home. Upgrade and add character to your existing furniture by swapping out hardware for intricate brushed gold options over smooth chrome.
- Upgrade your walls, DIY style. If you’re on a really tight budget, you can achieve the coastal grandma look by just upgrading your wall and window treatments. Surprise, we’re talking texture again! Between Amazon and Home Depot, you can find tons of budget friendly DIY supplies, including peel and stick seagrass-style wallpaper (this blue is my favorite) and this do-it-yourself wainscoting kit. A plantation blind upgrade makes a big impact.
- Rug layering. It’s one of my favorite things to do in practically any room, coastal grandmillennial or otherwise. I just love layering a jute rug with something a little bit softer!