Let’s face it: Nothing quite epitomizes relaxation like a trip to the beach. Sand between the toes, light coastal breezes, and the sound of the ocean’s rolling waves provide a welcoming change of pace from the day-to-day hustle and bustle.
Whether you own your own beach getaway or you’d just like to welcome some of that relaxed lifestyle into your own home, here are some tips on how to create your perfect beach-themed paradise.Picture via hgtv.com
Splash Some Color
A neutral palette is most common in contemporary beach décor. Paint selections in crisp whites help establish a clean, airy feel while shades of tan add warmth and the welcoming, natural color of sand into your space.
Shades of light pastels such as green, blue or peach also work well with a beach theme. Their subtle hues add additional color without being too overbearing.
From Flooring to Fixtures
Think function first! Keep in mind that most beach destinations are on the warm and sandy side. You should choose certain design elements accordingly.
Tile floors are a favorite. They offer countless color options that pair well with a neutral palette, help maintain a cooler temperature, and also clean up easily.
Wood floors stained with a light shade or even painted with a distressed, whitewashed look are also complimentary to beach style and are relatively low-maintenance.
Instead of wall-to-wall carpet, think area rugs. Choose rugs with natural fibers such as jute or sea grasses that further highlight the connection to the outdoors.
Fixtures should also be carefully selected, bearing in mind function first. Ceiling fans make fantastic additions to almost any room in a beach-themed home. They provide air circulation on hot days and can help lower pricey air conditioning costs. On comfortable days and evenings, they help maintain that airy feel that is so symbolic of the beach.
Beach House Furnishings
When choosing furniture for your beach-themed home, keep in mind what the beach represents – comfort, relaxation, casualness and the outdoors – and choose pieces that highlight these attractive qualities.
Don’t be afraid to include various styles of furniture and natural fabrics. Look for linens, cottons, wicker or rattan. These fabrics and materials can be used for large, comfortable couches and family room chairs as well as for intimate sitting or dining areas. Fun, tropical or beach inspired fabrics can be used to create custom seat cushions or accent pillows, adding just the right amount of color and personality to any room.
Now it’s time to add some color to those neutral furnishing and walls! Your accent colors are more of a personal choice, but shades of blue and green are favorites in beach décor. They represent the natural colors of the sea and also make a bold statement when nestled amongst shades of white and sandy tan. Add color in your accent pillows or throw blankets. Add some more in bedding selections, throw rugs or even placemats at your table setting. Colored glass bottles or hurricane vases make nice additions to any room and can be filled with variations of sand, sea shells or candles.
Use what the beach has to offer you: Seashells, corals, driftwood and starfish should be used throughout the home to create the feel of being at the beach. They can be used for centerpieces, in baskets, placed on shelving or used to fill miscellaneous decorative containers or even lamps.
Hang marine-related art and photography on your walls. Experiment with taking photos of your favorite beach settings or family memories. Mirrors adorned in shells also make nice additions to wall décor in any room.
Nautical beach décor is a bit more focused and traditional than contemporary beach décor. You tend to see darker finishes on floors and furniture. Patriotic colors dominate in shades of deep red and dark blue. Rope, distressed oars, lighthouses, lanterns and model ships are popular items to display to exemplify a nautical lifestyle.
Whether you live near the coast, or simply want to incorporate some of that “vacation-like” feel into your home, these design tips are sure to help create your own beach-inspired paradise.