I am doing a beach theme for my house...nautical, west coast, etc is still undecided. I found this sofa set and absolutely love it, but unsure if its too fancy or it can be a shabby chic beach decor? Maybe different throw pillows can help....just don't want it to be contradicting to the theme.
I think one of the first questions to ask yourself about the sofa set is whether the fact that you love it is more important than adhering to the beach theme.
Secondly, this is more formal than shabby chic, but that doesn't mean it won't be compatible with a beach theme. It would be more compatible with a beach theme if it were ivory or sand, or tones of green/blue/aquamarine.
But if you like the pale grey, just add some beach colors (sand, ivory) and sea colors as mentioned above, not only in throw pillows but perhaps quilts or throws.
If you want to add a nautical theme, add some lighthouses in shades matching the sofa color scheme to tie everything together but emphasize the beach colors.
There are also plenty of small decorative items such as seabirds, lanterns, etc. which could bring out the beach theme.
Sometime ago I used to get a nautically themed catalogue with a tantalizing array of themed items which would be perfect for your theme. If I can remember the name and if it's still in existence, I'll post back.
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