Whether your coast is oceanside, lakeside or even just a state of mind, coastal design evokes a sense of serenity, nature and relaxation. Popular color palettes for coastal homes include sandy neutrals, crisp whites and hues reminiscent of rolling waves, sea foam and sky. Cottage style homes have a certain storybook quality, filled with charming and cozy spaces. Old world European influences, whitewashed wood, distressed patina and playful color give cottage style decor its character. Incorporate these pieces into your home to add a casual, collected and inviting feel.