Coastal Holiday Decorating Ideas


Christmas and coastal design may not seem like natural partners, but anyone who has spent the Christmas season in a coastal area knows that it’s fun to add a unique spin on holiday decorating. Glenn Layton, a custom home builder in Jacksonville Beach, builds the kinds of beautiful coastal homes that are perfect for showing off holiday decorations, whether they’re classic or kitschy.

The large open spaces and big windows in Glenn Layton homes are the perfect backdrop for a variety of decorating styles, including mid-century modern. To further evoke that era, while also having some fun with your Christmas tree and decorations, consider purchasing a white artificial Christmas tree and decorating it with aqua or seafoam-green ribbons and lights, topped off with some pink flamingo ornaments and pink, orange, and aqua baubles. Keep the decorations simple and evenly spaced so that it looks more elegant than over the top.

If you prefer something more traditional, you can’t go wrong with red. Tartan is particularly popular this year and it’s easy to add it to any room with a color scheme that complements it, such as earthy sand tones. Red tartan throws cozy up chairs in sitting rooms or reading nooks, red throw pillows look great on sofas or outside seating, and a simple red runner with white accents makes your dining table pop. Don’t forget some beautiful red poinsettias in windows, on staircases, entrance tables and anywhere else you want to add some Christmas cheer.

Those large inflatable, light-up snowmen decorations for the front lawn might seem out of place in a coastal setting, but there are plenty of ways to add some seasonal style to your home that don’t look out of place. When you choose a custom home builder in Jacksonville Beach, like Glenn Layton Homes, you get to choose from an array of stunning home elevations, many of which include balconies, porches and wooden walkways. Drape your balcony railings with native pine garlands, or choose dried magnolia garland for a special touch.

Finally, finish off all of those porches and walkways with glowing luminaries. White bags, instead of the usual brown paper bags add a special touch and for added decoration, punch out star shapes in the tops of the bags. LED lights inside will not only help you avoid fire risks, but they’re less likely to blow out from those coastal breezes.

Don’t be afraid to embrace the fun side of Christmas on the coast as you decorate your home. Santas in T-shirts, flamingos in Santa hats, or starfish instead of snowflakes are just some of the many ways you can add some coastal Christmas fun to your home this holiday season.

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