This summer we’re exploring the elements of coastal style here on the MJN & Associates Interiors blog. While these elements can be combined and interpreted in many different ways, they all communicate a sense of casual elegance inspired by the sea.

Summer slipcovers

Slipcovering furniture in lighter colors is always a good way to brighten up your home for the summer months, but the look is especially suited to coastal interior design. Basic white slipcovers add that breezy, laid-back element to a room that is the hallmark of coastal style, and depending on the fabric and shape you choose, can easily be made to suit your own unique home decor sensibilities, whether you favor clean-lined minimalism or classic traditionalism.

Beach cottage style


Rustic beach cottage style is a classic interpretation of coastal interior design. This eclectic, casual aesthetic is perfect for those who are beachcombers at heart- those who see the beauty in aged and weathered items, who are drawn to the organic beauty of driftwood and the subtle glow of beach glass. White linen slipcovers in a looser, less tailored style are the perfect match for the relaxed feel of beach cottage interiors.

Coastal traditional


Tailored white slipcovers bring a softness to traditional spaces while maintaining a connection to the architecture and decor. Details like piping, pleats, and vents add structure and preserve the elegant shapes of traditional furnishings.

Contemporary beach house


While form-fitting white slipcovers can work beautifully in traditional spaces, they can work just as well in contemporary homes. Tailoring allows the slipcover to mirror the form of the sofa or chair underneath, so simple, contemporary furnishings still look sleek and clean. Combined with natural elements like the basket, unbleached linen pillow, and wood floors, linen slipcovers retain the crisp sensibilities of contemporary style while channeling the airy, earthy beauty of the seashore.

Want to bring this beach house style staple into your own home? Our full service interior design firm can help you get the look with custom slipcovers that fit your existing furniture, no matter the style. See our guide to slipcovering for more inspiration, and contact us to discuss your custom home decor needs.