Beach house decoration

Can’t find the time to get to the beach? From color to accessories, add some of these coastal twists to your home for a seaside vibe. A traditional white and blue color palette is an easy way to make any room in your home look like it’s on the coast, especially with lots of natural light peeking through. If you prefer to decorate your home with dark wood tones, balance those pieces with airy colors and decorative elements that allude to a seaside origin. For all practical purposes, a screened porch or large deck serves as ideal spaces for beach-style decor. Whether you’re just designing a few Adirondack chairs on your deck or going all out with an outdoor seating area suitable for a hot crab, there are so many ways to decorate any outdoor living space with beach-inspired elements. Get inspiration from the natural, sturdy fibers often used to decorate beachfront homes by pairing wicker chairs with a soft upholstered sofa for a still formal, yet relaxed feel. We have rounded up some of our favorite coastal homes that we have presented to offer just a little inspiration for your view of the sea.


Keep it light and bright

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Style: Frances Bailey

The emphasis on color and light enhances the coastal feel of this entrance. Don’t be afraid to use strong colors in big and unexpected ways like on your bar cart. In order for the trolley not to look bare and alone in the room, the same color was repeated on the frame. Plenty of sunlight and dark blue stairs balance the cart’s heavy essence.



Choose White

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Style: Barbara Schmidt

If color isn’t your thing, take your palette to the other extreme by keeping all your surfaces, ceiling to floor, a refreshing white. Details like countertops and matching colored hardwood floors add a casual beach house style. Blue and white accent pieces, a navy blue island (Indigo Batik SW 7602 by Sherwin-Williams) and a heavy-duty stove add a simple layer of color and texture that gives this Florida home’s kitchen a sophisticated look.



Choose coastal motifs

Laurey W. Glenn, Robbie Caponetto / Styling: Matthew Gleason

Adding just one reference to the sea, such as coastal artwork, is all it takes to give a subtle nod to the region. We designed our 2009 Idea House in Port Aransas, Texas with the beach in mind. Shiplap on the walls gives a new home a lived-in feel and mimics the sun-worn environment of beach houses.



Increase natural textures

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Decorator Phoebe Howard wanted a blend of natural textures for this family’s home in Sea Island, Georgia. Wicker, stone and wood combine for a relaxed yet cheerful look, ideal for hosting in a summer-inspired home. The chair cushions could also be made with weatherproof fabric to withstand wet swimsuits and sand.



Imitate the shoreline

Photographer: Tria Giovan, Stylist: Heather Chadduck

Don’t be afraid to include contrasting blues and yellows that are often associated with beach houses. For a more sophisticated approach, choose a darker blue, like the navy striped armchairs in this beach house. Pops of yellow add warmth to the space. Nautical decor like palm fronds, a bowl of shells, woven baskets, and sea-inspired wall art tie the room’s theme together.



Mix dark and light tones

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

We’re all for a bold accent piece. This entryway table and chair are in stark contrast to the light vases and seashell decor. The table and chair blend with a beach-inspired theme due to the coastal carvings on each piece.



Embrace informality

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

Vacation homes are often decorated in the “kick your shoes and come in” style, so beach-inspired furniture should embrace some of that mindset too. This cozy seating area with matching reclaimed wood coffee tables looks like a tropical retreat in front of arched doorways that let in a large amount of sunlight.



Use shell-inspired pieces

Marili Forastieri; Style: Barbara Schmidt

Designer Jenny Keenan had many antique pieces to choose from when designing her parents’ home in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. With Lowcountry inspiration outside every window, it made sense to incorporate just a few beach elements. The shape of the lamp, the pattern on the chair cushion and the color of the wooden floor all match the coastal ambiance of the house.



Take advantage of the outdoor living areas

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Style: Frances Bailey

There is nothing more coastal than enjoying an alfresco meal on a veranda. This Florida family maximized their seating potential with a long buffet table and matching benches. Hardwood is a durable option to withstand the wear and tear of wet swimwear, sand, and any rainy weather.



Stay neutral

Hector Manuel Sanchez; Style: Buffy Hargett Miller

If there is a piece in your home that should be a focal point, play it. For Nikki and Britton Colquitt, their unique family tree painting served as inspiration for the rest of their neutral-toned home in Acquerello, Florida. The room’s neutral pieces direct guests’ eyes to their precious work of art.


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