What is the Coastal Grandma Style?

What is the Coastal Grandma Style?

Ever heard of "coastal grandma" style?  That may sound strange, but at Honeybee Vintage, we think of it not as *being* grandma, but instead *visiting* grandma at her beach cottage.  Let's explain...

"Coastal grandma" encapsulates a fashion and interior design aesthetic that combines elements of coastal living with a cozy, nostalgic, and timeless vibe often associated with the comfort and warmth of a grandmother's home.


  1. Nautical Touches: Coastal grandma style often incorporates nautical elements like navy stripes, anchor motifs, or seashell-inspired accessories, reminiscent of seaside living.
  2. Flowy Silhouettes: Dresses and skirts in flowy, relaxed cuts with light fabrics like cotton or linen emulate a breezy coastal feel while maintaining a comfortable, easy-to-wear style.
  3. Pastel and Soft Hues: Soft pastel colors, especially seafoam greens, serene blues, and sandy tones, are prevalent in this style, evoking the calming ambiance of coastal landscapes.
  4. Classic Patterns: Floral prints, gingham, and subtle, vintage-inspired patterns are commonly found in coastal grandma fashion, giving a nod to traditional, timeless designs.
  5. Layering and Textures: Layering lightweight sweaters, cardigans, and scarves in natural textures like crochet or knit fabrics adds depth and warmth to outfits while embodying a cozy, grandma-chic aesthetic.

Home Décor:

  1. Nautical Accents: Decor elements such as ropes, ship-inspired items, driftwood, and seashells infuse the space with a coastal charm.
  2. Soft Textiles: Plush cushions, quilts, and throw blankets in soft, inviting textures like chenille or knits contribute to the cozy atmosphere of coastal grandma style.
  3. Vintage Touches: Incorporating antique or vintage furniture pieces, ceramics, lace doilies, or heirloom-inspired accents creates a sense of nostalgia and history.
  4. Natural Elements: Embracing natural materials like rattan, wicker, or weathered wood in furniture or decor items adds to the relaxed, coastal feel.
  5. Seaside-Inspired Colors: Soft blues, sandy neutrals, and seafoam greens dominate the color palette, echoing the soothing tones of the ocean and beach.

In essence, coastal grandma style intertwines the relaxed, seaside elements of coastal living with the nostalgic, comfortable ambiance reminiscent of a grandmother's home. It merges timeless fashion and decor elements, inviting a sense of warmth, tranquility, and effortless charm into both personal style and living spaces.  Don't be tempted to make it too theme-y but instead focus on the relaxed seaside colors and the comfortable feeling that your vintage finds add to your decor.  Coastal grandma should not feel dated, but instead serene, home-y, and comfortable.

Try these products for more inspiration:

 Anchor Wallpaper

Seaside Furniture Paint

Handmade Seagrass Coaster


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