Ready to hit the beach–without leaving home? We can help: These elements of beach house decor can help you give your house that breezy beachhouse vibe, no matter where you live. Take that, waiting-for-the-weekend!
1. Cool Shades
We’re not referring to sunglasses: These shades are for your walls. Switching out darker wall colors for cool blues, bright whites, and lemony yellows instantly gives any room a fresh coastal feel.
Pictured: Laundry by Shelli Segal Ava Duvet Cover, Trina Turk Santorini Coverlet
2. Whitewashed Wood
Whitewashing dark wood can keep a room feeling light and bright. You might want to repaint trim or walls (especially if there’s paneling) or add whitewashed furniture or decor accents.
3. Pops of Tropical Color
Ocean-inspired decor isn’t limited to a cool pastel palette. Add some of the warmth of the tropics to a neutral room with accent pieces like throws, decorative pillows, and rugs in rich colors like tangerine, lime, and hot pink.
4. Beachy Prints
Using a pattern with a beach- or ocean-theme is a great way to add to a room’s summertime mood. Best of all, many printed pieces can be swapped out when the season changes.
5. Lots of Light
Dark curtains and heavy window treatments begone! To get a true beach-house feel, outfit your windows with curtains and shades that let the sunlight in. Wooden blinds and bamboo shades and curtains in lightweight fabrics like cotton, lace and linen all fit the bill.
6. Natural Elements
Seashells are a great place to start, but you can add even more natural nautical elements to your room: and place a lovely bit of driftwood above the mantle, or select glass and ceramic vases and bowls in ocean shades like sand, sea foam, and turquoise. Adding greenery is another way to make a room feel fresh and summery.
Pictured: National Geographic Home Collection Driftwood Twist Table Lamp, Driftwood Angel Fishes, Starfish Resin Wall Plaque
7. Nautical Touches
If cool pastels or tropical prints aren’t your jam, try a nautical theme. You could be literal with artwork and accent pieces that feature touchstones such as ships, anchors, and mermaids. Or opt for decor that’s a little less on the nose by painting the room in strong nautical colors like red, white, and navy blue; and then finishing off the look with travel-inspired pieces like vintage maps, atlases, or globes.
8. Ocean Scents
To really feel like you’re relaxing seaside, nab a few candles or room scents in aromas like linen, ocean breeze, gardenia and coconut. Then turn up the heat, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Even if you’re in the middle of the city, the right scent can instantly transport you to the sand.
Want any more nautical inspiration? Check out our 2013 Coastal Collection Lookbook.