Style Guide: Eight Ways to Do Beach House Decor

July 10, 2013

Style Guide: Eight Ways to Do Beach House Decor

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.

Beachy Walls

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.

whitewashed accents

Pictured: Nautica Prospect Harbor Comforter, Jeffan International New Hampton Cocktail Table, Prinz Biscayne White Wash Wood Frame

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.

Tropical ColorPictured: Spot Light 16″ Square Toss Pillow Shaw Affinity Collection Zest Shag Rectangle RugWild Parrot Paradise Wall Art

 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.tropicalprint

Pictured: Seaside Stripe Quilt, Croscill Fiji Bath Towels , Island Breeze Fabric Shower Curtain

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.


Pictured: Flat Bamboo Window Blind, B. Smith Cali Natural Roman Cordless Bamboo Shade, B. Smith Bermuda Ivory Window Panels

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.

Nautical Touches

Pictured: Regatta Fabric Shower Curtain, Aspen Oval Mirror, Anchor Embroidered Oblong Toss Pillow, Nautica® Brant Point Duvet Cover

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.


Pictured: Elizabeth Arden Spa Collection Candles – Ocean RetreatElizabeth Arden™ The Spa Collection Tahitian Gardenia Oil Reed DiffuserYankee Candle® Black Coconut Scented Candles

Want any more nautical inspiration? Check out our 2013 Coastal Collection Lookbook.

Megan Mostyn-Brown

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