Friday Favorites: Home Style Inspired by the Beach

May 8, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2016
Whether or not you live by the coast, a beach-inspired space is a great way to bring some fresh seaside atmosphere into your home.
Whether or not you live by the coast, a beach-inspired space is a great way to bring some fresh seaside atmosphere into your home.

A beach-inspired home is perfect for those who live by the coast, as well as those who dream of living there.

A home inspired by coastal living is open and airy –with plenty of neutral or white shades, and of course, ocean blues. A beach home should feel fresh and clean, and conjure up images of being at the seaside in the summer. A seaside home is open, relaxing, and inviting, the kind of place where you can kick off your sandals and relax.

If you’re looking for seaside inspiration, here’s how you can get the beach look in your home.

Oliver Pillow
View: Oliver Pillow

The Palette

When it comes to a beach inspired home, you will naturally be thinking of blues and whites. The go-to color palette for a beach home should be shades that mirror the seaside. You could also incorporate neutral tones, like light, soft browns. Bold candy-colored accent colors could also be used for a modern twist.

View: Cyan Design Cotswold Console Table X-35240
View: Cyan Design Cotswold Console Table X-35240

Furniture

Lightweight and unfussy is ideal for a beach-inspired home. Keep your furniture light, comfortable, and simple. Avoid pieces that are overly plush. Slipcovers, a few simple pillows, and light throws are great additions to simple couches. Look for wicker, or distressed pieces to drive home the relaxed, seaside feel.

View: Stonebriar Collection White Beach House Lantern
View: Stonebriar Collection White Beach House Lantern

Décor and Accents

Beach décor should be relaxed, evocative of a day at the beach. Look for rustic, distressed, or simple handmade, wooden pieces. Another idea is to make a slat board wall out of distressed or white pieces of wood. For smaller décor pieces, watch for ways to reiterate that coastal feel –sea glass, jugs, shells, and sailboats, or art that features starfish, coral, or seafaring vessels would all be at home in a nautical space.

Your coastal retreat should be relaxing and unfussy, so there’s no need to over-decorate. Keep it simple and keep it light. You may want to opt for one or two favorite pieces that remind you of the beach, and design the room around these elements for a cohesive look.

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