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How To Decorate A Coastal Cottage For The 4th of July

The Fourth of July is a time for celebration, and what better way to celebrate than by creating a patriotic oasis with 4th of July decorating ideas? If you have a coastal cottage or want to create a patriotic coastal feel within your home, these simple tips are sure to help.

When your cottage is only 460 sq. ft., small touches of patriotic decor can make a big impact. So today’s ideas are simple and easy to duplicate.

We have spent over a year remodeling and updating the tiny house, and it’s finally fun to decorate the space with festive touches.

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4th of July Decorating – Coastal Cottage Porch

Although the porch can barely hold four rockers, it’s a favorite gathering spot each evening when the sun begins to set. With new cedar shake shingles, a new door, and windows, I was excited to add a few 4th of July patriotic ideas.

Pro Tips for Patriotic Cottage Porch

  • Add red and blue pillows or seat cushions to porch chairs
  • Fill planters with red flowering plants
  • Add patriotic pillows or throw blankets
  • Add a 4th of July wreath or basket to the front door.
  • Add flags to plants.

First, we updated the rocking chairs with navy seat cushions and added decorative pillows in blue and white fabrics.

The new cushions work well with a flag pillow that I brought from home.

4th of July Decorating on Tiny House Front Porch. Patriotic pillow.

The porch is small for planters, but a couple of patriotic thrift store baskets hold red geraniums and herbs, adding a punch of color to the small space. In addition, inexpensive small flags tucked into the baskets add a patriotic touch for the 4th of July.

Coastal Cottage Porch decorated for the 4th of July with pillows and flags.  Patriotic flags and pillows.

The new front door looks festive with the addition of a hanging basket full of red artificial tulips. I also tucked another flag into the arrangement. You can’t have too many flags, am I right?

Add a patriotic basket to the door filled with red tulips and a flag for 4th of July decorating.

Resources For Porch

Patriotic Living Room

The cottage interior was painted shades of white and grey as we remodeled each space.

Once the remodel was complete, we added accessories in shades of blue mixed with more neutrals.

The blues add a coastal feel and make decorating for holidays simple.

Coastal Cottage with patriotic decor.  beach pillow with cub chair and blue throw blanket

Pro Tip – 4th of July Decorating

When decorating for the 4th of July, pull out all your reds. Adding accessories in red instantly adds a festive patriotic feel.

  • Festive striped table runners
  • Red striped hand towels
  • Bowls and dishes in reds and blues
  • Red or Blue Throw Blankets
  • Pillows with reds and blues
  • Flowers (real or artificial) in red
  • Use flowers that you can later plant in your garden to fill containers and vases for the 4th of July.
  • Add inexpensive flags to floral arrangements and another existing decor.

One of our favorite additions is the accent wall in the living room. The wall is host to several DIY coastal cottage decor ideas.

The DIY Aluminum Can Star Garland adds a pop of color as it surrounds the DIY Nautical mirror. In addition, the Pottery Barn Hack candle holders and painting add a stylish coastal feel to the accent wall.

Accent Wall filled with metal star garland for 4th of July Decorating in a coastal cottage.

A basket of red artificial flowers and flags is added to complete this living room corner.

Nautical Mirror and boat painting with patriotic metal star garland.

We recently purchased a new sleeper sofa for the living room and chose a soft greyish-blue fabric. The navy and white sofa pillows are a HomeGoods find and are enhanced with DIY Scrap Fabric Star pIllow.

You’ll find more nautical coastal cottage decor on the side table at the other end of the sofa.

The glass cloche has a rotation of coastal collections. The collected sea shell gets a subtle patriotic addition with a small wooden star. While the driftwood arrangement looks festive, with a small flag tucked in.

Coastal Cottage Bedroom

Next, let’s take a look at the small bedroom. At only 84 sq. ft., the tiny bedroom doesn’t leave much room for accessories.

Accent Wall filled with nautical and coastal cottage decor for the 4th of July celebration.

This room contains nautical waffle navy bedding from Levtex Home and blue and white coastal-inspired pillows.

Above the built-in cabinets, you can see some coastal decor and a clever basket that hides the unsightly air heating vent. You can see what’s behind that basket by reading How to hide those ugly vents and more.

Beach Cottage Bedroom with navy and white bedding plus heart pillow for Patriotic 4th of July decor.

Due to the limited space, I added these vintage quilt heart pillows to the bed to add a pop of red to the bedding.

Blue and white pillow with vintage quilt heart pillows for patriotic decorations

4th of July Decorating in Tiny Kitchen

The tiny coastal cottage has a kitchen the same size as the bedroom; therefore, only a few small patriotic accessories will work in this space.

I recently found these cute salt and pepper shakers at a thrift store for $2.00. They were too cute to leave behind.

Shell planter with geraniums and flag for patriotic decorating and vintage cow and beach ball salt and pepper shakers.

The kitchen is also decorated with simple blue and white dishes and accessories, which makes setting the bar table for the 4th of July easy.

The eat-in bar table was added during the tiny house remodel and made the most significant impact of all the renovations. The 12 x 7 space now lives large with the addition of the eat-in bar that extends into the living area.

Eat in bar set with blue and white dishes for patriotic tablescape for 4th of July decorating.

For the 4th of July decorating, I added the DIY Metal Star Garland to the table and other coastal tableware.

The Bico Ceramic Dinnerware is a perfect choice for coastal cottage decorating.

Pro Tip

When setting the table, pull patriotic decor from other areas of the cottage.

The DIY Garland will move back to the accent wall once the table is cleared.

Look into cabinets and drawers for other red accessories or bowls and add them to your shelves.

Metal Star Garland with blue and white dishes for patriotic tablescape

Adding red geraniums to the shell planter and red, white, and blue straws to the water glasses create a subtle and inexpensive patriotic feel.

Water with patriotic straw on a 4th of July table setting.

Red kitchenware, vintage salt and pepper shakers, and blue and white dishes fill the shelves.

Small red touches like the striped kitchen towel and the lobster bowl add a festive 4th of July atmosphere without spending any money.

Resources for Cottage Tableware

Coastal Cottage DIY Projects

If you’d like to see all the DIY projects featured in the Coastal Cottage Renovation, check the links below. Don’t miss the Tiny Beach Cottage Renovation Before and After.

Patriotic table setting with blue and white dishes and star garland.

More Patriotic Inspiration from My Fellow Bloggers

Up next is Tammy at White Lilac Home with her American Flag Grapevine Wreath Tutorial.

DIY Patriotic Door Basket // The Tattered Pew

How to Set a Red, White, and Blue Table // Cottage in the Mitten

8 Easy Ways to Add Americana to Your Decor // White Arrows Home

4th of July Party Favors // Eleanor Rose Home

How To Decorate Your Coastal Cottage for the 4th of July // The Ponds Farmhouse

How To Make An American Flag Grapevine Wreath // White Lilac Farmhouse

7 FREE Dinner Party Printables – 4th of July Ideas // WM Design House

Easy and Effortless Americana Decor Ideas for the Entryway // Pasha is Home

Easy Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Table Setting for the Holidays // Southern Crush at Home

Red White and Blue Faux Leather Vase // Amy Sadler Designs

Patriotic Pool Party Ideas // A Stroll Through Life

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Coastal Beach Cottage Decorating with 4th of July decor.


Sunday 2nd of July 2023

Everything so beautifully decorated for tge 4th of July. I love what you did here. Thanks for all the great ideas too. Happy 4th!


Sunday 2nd of July 2023

Ivory, I'm so glad you like it.


Sunday 11th of June 2023

It looks so festive and fun! xo


Sunday 11th of June 2023

Stacy, I appreciate this.

Kristin | White Arrows Home

Tuesday 6th of June 2023

You did such a great job, Rachel! I love the tulips on the front door, and in the living room corner. So many great ideas for decorating a coastal cottage.


Wednesday 7th of June 2023

Kristin, Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your kind words


Sunday 4th of June 2023

Rachel What is left to say, but GOD BLESS AMERICA Carol


Sunday 4th of June 2023

Oh thank you.

Melanie Ferguson

Saturday 3rd of June 2023

Oh, Rachel! I just love coastal and cottage and somehow you have married them perfectly with patriotic decor! You're so creative! Thank you so much for sharing your talents!


Saturday 3rd of June 2023

Melanie, I really appreciate this. Thanks for stopping by.