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How to Style a California Casual Dining Room

Maybe it’s all the extra sunshine we’ve had here in Oregon lately, but I’ve been feeling some majorly easy, breezy vibes. I’ve been leaning towards a casual, bright space and the calm that it brings. With a mix of natural woods, woven materials, and lush plants, it’s easy to create the contemporary coastal look. Using a mood board I created for a friend as a jumping off point, I’ve pulled together some key elements to easily create a California casual dining room anywhere!

California casual dining room space
Interior Design: Victoria Balson Interiors · Photography: Raquel Langworthy

California Casual Decor Elements

  • Light woods – think white oaks, ash, and white maple (this wood species chart is helpful!)
  • Natural materials – such as linens, ceramics, woven materials, baskets (check out some of my all time favorite baskets)
  • Plants – of course, plants.
  • Uncluttered – less is more and negative space is your friend
  • Light & bright – make the most of those windows and white walls!

I love how natural and relaxed this space feels! You can apply this look by incorporating a few essential details (all part of the 7 Elements of Interior Design). Keep reading to see a list of some of my favorite pieces!

casual dining room

Ready to get the look? Here are some pieces to get started on creating a California Casual Dining Room space – but honestly, these would work great anywhere!

elements of california casual design
  1. Mesa Art Print (I love the larger sizes such as 40″ x 55″) 
  2.  Basket Chandelier woven lights add so much to a space! I’m such a big fan, I have an entire post on Basket Pendant Lights Under $150
  3. Geometric Area Rug
  4. Linen Curtains: (hang 4-5 inches above window and order 84″ or 96″ so that bottom of curtain skims the floor)
  5. Light Wood Dining Room Table
  6. Navy Shiplap – I’ve never tried these ready to install sheets, which might make it easier but I would probably use standard shiplap installed vertically and painted in Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore
  7. Woven Dining Room Chairs (Check out my Dining Room Chairs post for more options all under $120)
  8. Fiddle Fig Plant and a Large Plant Basket
  9. White Terracotta Bowl (similar to shown)- adds texture and a natural element

Coastal Decor Guide –

curated decor & paint colors

pacific natural home decor book

If you’re looking for even more cool California vibes, the book, Pacific Natural is one of my favorites sources for coastal decor inspiration!

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