Chic Bedding for Coastal Homes

Choosing the right bedding is essential for creating a peaceful bedroom space that truly feels like home. Bedding instantly uplifts a room, serving as both the centering point of your design and your favorite cozy place to escape to.

Our team of Charleston interior designers typically design with the coast’s soothing influences in mind, fixating on pieces that keep a room light, airy, and reflective of our beautiful Lowcountry landscape. Whether you’re oceanfront or cityside, the right bedding can easily bring a breath of fresh air to any coastal-inspired home.

 Finding Your Inspiration for Bedding

When updating your bedding, first consider your priority for your space. Do you want to create a more soothing atmosphere or one enlivened by color and bold motifs? Are you more drawn to cool-toned palettes reminiscent of sea glass and Atlantic waves, or warm tones evoking a coastal sunset? These inspirations will guide your design choices as you craft a bedroom space perfect for your home. 

The best bedding feels as great as it looks. Keep in mind the types of textures you’d like to incorporate into your home, and pay attention to the quality of fabrics used. Many coastal home designers prefer breathable organic cotton, which keeps a bed cool even through the hottest of Charleston, SC summers. Linen is another popular choice that evokes a coastal flair. 

 Quilted textures, like that of our Hughes Quilt, are also beautiful for elevating understated pieces. An all-white bedding set is always stunning, but the quilting brings a certain classic elegance to create a dreamy piece for any bedroom. Shams accented by a subtle French blue adds just the right amount of color.

Bedding for the Minimalist

Bedding can be as subtle as you’d like it to be. For a more minimal design, stick to patterns with a monochromatic palette and small all-over patterns in soft tones.

 We gravitate towards classic coastal designs. Striped duvets and shams exude a casual elegance, especially when paired with sheets in corresponding solid shades. We love the Carter Duvet, available in a beautiful blush tone or a light chambray wash. Micropatterns are also good options to incorporate surprising energy without overwhelming a room. The linen Logan Duvet features micro stripes made even more subtle with a heathered effect and subtle frayed edges. The duvet and shams feature shell button closures to bring a surprising touch of the coast into your home. Pair it with a solid sheet set in a light neutral, or complement the bedding with a patterned throw for an emboldened design.

Bold Patterned Bedding

Make a statement with patterned bedding featuring larger emblems, motifs, and lively color. Stay in a bright but monochromatic palette, or go even bolder with multi-colored patterned bedding. Maintain coastal influences by selecting patterns with vibrant turquoise shades, aqua, and cheery subtropical orange. 

The Kala Duvet is a great example. John Robshaw’s medallion pattern was inspired by the stacks of faded old sarongs sold in Japanese markets, showcasing an ornate yet relaxed print in beautiful blue tones. The story behind this pattern, combined with the well-balanced print, brings a certain elegance to the bedding set.

Choosing Throw Pillows

After selecting the perfect bedding, select accent pillows to round out the look. Your pillows are great options for mixing prints, or you may want to use the pillows to introduce new textures into your space. The Montauk Tassel Pillow is a beautiful complimentary piece, available in 7 different colors, including Ocean, Indigo, White, and Natural. The soft velvet and knotted tassel details instantly add a cozy neutral, a minimalist’s dream.

If you choose to introduce or mix patterns with your pillow shams and accent pillows, look for those in the same color family. The Verdin European Sham elegantly displays a larger block print with shapes and colors reminiscent of palm fronds, making it the perfect accent piece for a coastal-inspired bedroom. 

Our Pomegranate Shams are another option for infusing beautiful botanical designs into your bedroom. A classic pattern based on an 18th-century design from Schumacher’s archive, this vibrant style is printed in Italy on Matouk’s 500 thread count Luca percale. The shams are finished with the subtlest scalloped edge and white tape—a perfect pairing of Schumacher artistry and Matouk craftsmanship.

Bedroom Furniture Accent Pieces

While your bedding is the focal point of your room, upholstered accent chairs can easily embolden or ground the design. If balancing a pattern is your priority, select upholstery in light neutral colors or solids to ground the space. 

Patterned upholstered chairs can instantly enlighten a room. Finding the right pattern to work with, not against, your bedding can be tricky. You may opt for a custom piece, which allows for design control down to the smallest detail. Our in-house team of Charleston interior designers is always available to help you translate your design inspiration. Whether you’re mixing patterns, enhancing a color palette, choosing the perfect texture, or just need a second eye, our designers can help you refine and create pieces to make your bedroom feel perfect.

The right decor, colors, design influences, and linens can create a bedroom oasis you’ll look forward to escaping to each night. Browse coastal-inspired bedding online, or visit our furniture stores at one of our three Charleston furniture locations.


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