Great Room: Cape Cod Estate on Buzzards Bay in Dartmouth, Mass.
A little color goes a long way in the great room, where pops of turquoise play up the coastal style of the waterfront home. Rustic exposed beams frame the space, which includes a pass through wet bar with arched built-ins.
Natural Wood Table, White Wicker Chairs and Driftwood Lamps in Coastal Dining Room
Woven white wicker chairs surround the natural wood dining table in this bright dining room. A large window lets in natural light while bulbs in the bamboo chandelier give off a soft, warm light. Table lamps with white driftwood bases add natural texture to the decor and frame a simple two-toned painting.
The open living room right when you walk in instantly catches your eye, with a navy velvet demilune perfectly placed to do just that. The room was kept light and neutral and brought in color through furniture, pillows, rugs, and accent pieces.
Colorful patterns abound in this vibrant living room. Upholstered sofas and a chaise create comfortable seating around the wood coffee table. The 80-inch starfish art piece is mounted above the clerestory windows,connecting the space to the home's coastal location.
All white walls and a ceiling make this upper floor media room feel bright and inviting despite its narrow layout. A brown leather sofa offers luxurious seating for game and movie nights. Along the back wall, a window seat is the ideal curl-up-and-read nook.
Transitional Living Room With Coastal Vibe and Blue Accents
This bright living room features neutral furniture and wood plank walls paired with blue accents, giving the space a coastal look. A round wood coffee table sits at the center on top of a sisal rug, while a built-in window seat offers a cozy spot for relaxing. A blue and gray painting adds a modern touch.
Contemporary Coastal Living Room With Stone Fireplace Surround
A minimalist table with nautical-inspired decor sets a coastal tone leading into this contemporary living room. Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows showcase ocean views while a stone fireplace brings warmth into the space.
Designer Becki Owens transforms a dark, Tuscan space into a formal, yet fresh dining room with a soft, elegant feel. The room is inspired by a Capiz chandelier, creating an iridescent, beachy focal point that the eye is immediately drawn to. A rustic dining table is surrounded by comfortable, tufted chairs with nailhead trim.
Soft gray walls, a light-colored dining set and plenty of natural light create a bright, airy atmosphere in this beach-inspired dining room. A natural fiber rug almost looks like sand underfoot, and two blue paintings resemble the ocean.
A former old-world bed was transformed into a coastal focal point simply by changing its surroundings. "I never dreamed that it would work in this environment," says designer Lori Rourk. "Once I placed it in the room, it became a focal point and was an unexpected delight."
Bright, contrasting feminine colors bring life to this living room. The second-hand sofa has been reupholstered with a soft green print and is accented with pillows of a geometric pattern. The drapes and seashell art tie the room together.
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don't have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.