Picture this: you’re sitting on a lawn chair on the soft white sand, with the crash of the ocean waves in front of you. There is a beverage of your choice to your right, and the latest book that you’ve been deep into reading to your left. You have no cares in the world, except for remembering when the next time you have to apply sunscreen is.
Okay, so maybe this sort of lifestyle is not realistic for most of us. However, there are ways in which we can adjust our lifestyles to make it feel like we every day is a beach day. One of the best ways to do this is to give our homes a touch of beachy design.
Here are some of our favorite beach-inspired decor ideas!
Rope Candle Holder
Ropes are one of the most versatile design elements — inexpensive, easy to use, and trendy. They can also give off a very beachy vibe when used as a candle holder, as seen here.
Beach House Color Palette
If you are designing a beach house, you are going to want to make sure you have the most important thing covered — the color palette, of course! You will see here that the ideal beach palette features beautiful shades of beige, white, and blue. Of course, you do not have to adhere to this palette exclusively, but it is a great place to start.
What would a proper beach house be without a healthy dose of nautical accents? If you want to go the extra (nautical) mile, then you can frame a portion of the ocean that is special to you. The blue of the water makes for a pretty art piece, as seen here.
DIY Welcome Sign
If there is one thing we know for sure about beach houses, it’s that they are incredibly hospitable! Show your guests that you appreciate their presence by hanging up a homemade welcome sign, such as the one seen here.
Rope Globe Light
One of the best ways to add a statement to your house that is also practical is by using a hanging light fixture. This beautiful light fixture that features a glass orb in rope screams beach house vibes.
Beach Vibes Bedding Set
Speaking of beach vibes, why not seek out a bedding set that will bring you the same kind of calming sense that you get from standing near the waves of the ocean. You can find many different examples of beach house-inspired bedding out there, but we are partial to this beautiful Laguna Beach bed set from Bed Bath and Beyond.
Modern Wicker Dining Set
Wicker dining furniture may seem like it belongs in the 1980s, but there are modern pieces coming out that look like they definitely deserve to belong to the 21st century! Take this set, for example —the neutral tan color and the slim design of the chairs help give them a contemporary look.
A kitchen deserves to have beach house accents as well. One of the best ways you can do this is by making the bold move of adding a blue ocean-inspired backsplash, such as the one found here.
Coral Accent Tables
These coral accent tables — coral in formation, not color — are the epitome of beach house decor! They are not only sure to serve as a centerpiece, but they can function as a conversation piece as well, as they are sure to stand out to the average guest.
Rope Curtain Holders
We mentioned earlier how rope can be a great accent for a beach house, but there are many different ways that you can use it that we didn’t go into! One such way is to use it as a mechanism to hold back curtains — stylish and practical! See an example here.
Beach Surfboard Sign
Surf’s up! Or, at least it will be if you put up this surfboard sign in your beach house. And why wouldn’t you want to, anyway? It’s right on your beachy brand.
DIY Sea Glass Bottles
Authentic sea glass can serve as a wonderful inspiration for your beach house oasis, but it would be impractical to use it as a focal piece for your entire room. Instead, you can make your own sea glass-inspired bottles by following this tutorial that will fit right into your entire decor!
Florida Bunk Beds
If you grew up in the northern United States or in Canada, you may have been lucky enough to have grandparents or other family members that you got to visit in Florida during the winter months. If you were even more lucky, you got to sleep in Florida bunk beds that were sometimes even built into walls! If you are planning to have guests at your beach house, bunk beds are a clever way to house them — see an example here!
If you’re in a beach house, then chances are that you want to relax! What could be more relaxing than lounging around in a porch swing? Not only does this laidback vibe totally fit with the beachhouse theme, but the colors of these chairs are also very appropriate.
If you are going for a committed beach house vibe, then you will want to make sure that no detail in your house goes unaccounted for! This includes kitchen utensils —which means that you will want to pick up a set of beach-inspired cutlery such as the one seen here.
Nautical Bar Stools
Since things around the beach house are easy breezy and laidback, you probably will not be having many formal dinners! In this case, you will want to make sure that the bar area is well-appointed. We love the nautical vibe of these blue and white bar stools.
What brings thoughts of the sea more than a mermaid? If you think that this is a decorative theme reserved only for teenage girls, think again. Here is a wonderful example of how a mermaid decoration can brighten up an otherwise bland office space.
Driftwood is a common motif among both farmhouse design palettes as well as beach houses. This row of hooks would look great in the entrance way of a house designed with either one of those styles in mind.
Mason Jar Centerpiece
Mason jars are so versatile, as they can be used to create a variety of different vibes! With the simple addition of sea shells and twinkly lights, you can make a fancy centerpiece on the cheap as seen here.
Wave Gallery Wall
You may think that decorating a beach house with art pieces that show waves or other ocean-inspired motifs might be too “on the house” but think again. If done correctly, a gallery wall that features paintings or photographs of waves can do a great job of reminding your guests of where they are — at the beach!
Just like waves are a must when it comes to beach house decor themes, you can also do no wrong by incorporating sea shells. We love the idea of using giant sea shells on a bookshelf, as seen here.
Light Blue Chest Coffee Table
Sometimes, when it comes to an ordinary item like a coffee table, it’s a good idea to go with the unconventional! This means using unexpected furniture pieces as a coffee table, such as a chest. A light blue chest gives off particularly beachy vibes.
Living at a beach house means that you will be likely spending a lot of time outside! Make sure that you have the proper centerpieces in order — we love this lantern centerpiece.
As we stated before, a lamp can change the entire look of a room. This lighthouse lamp is incredibly unique, and provides a unique spin on a nautical theme.
Beachy Throw Cushions
What kind of living room is complete without throw cushions? If you are going for a beach house vibe, you will want to put a lot of thoughts into how to make the most of your cushions. Some of the best beach house options include blue and white patterns.
So there you have it — your step-by-step guide on how to create your very own beach house oasis. We hope this provides you with plenty of inspiration as you decide how you want your house to look!