Beach House Decorating

Beach style decorating ideas to help you create a fabulous retreat!

Are you looking for some beach house decorating ideas? Do you love the idea of decorating your home in a clean, breezy, and easy-going coastal style? I think decorating in beach style is one of the easier and more affordable styles to emulate.

What is it about the beach that makes us so relaxed? Is it the warm sun, the cool breezes, or the sound of the ocean? You don’t have to own your own home by the beach to bring a touch of beach decorating to your home.

Beach house decorating is about imitating nature’s own color palette; keeping your house uncluttered and relaxed. It is a mindset of serenity and peacefulness.

Beach House Decorating from The DIY Playbook

Fabulous beach house style decoratingWant to meet two cool gals who know how to decorate?  Bridget and Casey write the blog The DIY Playbook.     I love this bedroom!  From the pale blue side table with wired baskets filled with fluffy white towels, to the simple idea of a seashell sitting on top of a book.  Their design is uncluttered and serene.

BEACH HOUSE DECORATING  IDEASI absolutely love this wooden box!  You could easily add some teal paint to an old wooden tray, and create your own beach house style!  Again, I love the simple but effortless idea of placing a seashell on top of a few books!  Go visit these two ladies! They know what they are doing for sure!

Paint Colors

When choosing interior paint colors you want to imitate the color hues from the water, sky, and sand. Use colors such as soft blues, light greens, coral, sand tones, and sheer pinks. The right color choice can really bring out any tropical decor.

How to accessorize a coffee tableThis room was painted with “Revere Pewter” by Benjamin Moore.  We kept the paint light and added the color in the pillows, greenery, and coffee table.

Don’t be afraid of color. Here a fun fabric on an outdoor bench looks happy and fun.  The colorful door and screen door just say “welcome!”.

Beach Decor

Beach House DecoratingI saw this chandelier in a Parade of Homes I visited last summer!  I absolutely adore it!

DIY Seashell Chandelier

Cool beach house decorating ideas from jenniferdecorates.comIf you wanted a fabulous DIY Seashell project, check out Amanda’s from Dixie Delights.  What a beautiful chandelier!

4 Essential Tips to Accessorizing a Beautiful Bathroom from Jenniferdecorates.comThe wonderful thing about finding beach theme decorations is that you can find many things that come from nature. Sand, sea shells, rocks, coral, driftwood, and rope are just a few natural beach decor accessories. Find some clear glass jars and fill them with seashell, sand or starfish.

Find a large basket and fill is with oyster shells, or sea shells. This a cheap decorating idea that looks wonderful placed on a porch or patio.

Another unique item is old wood shutters. I found these at the local flea market. They make a fabulous addition to the coastal style! A beautiful seashell wreath is another way to bring nature indoors.

Remember when accessorizing, to keep things simple and uncluttered. Don’t overdo it with too many accessories.

Beach Cottage Window Treatments

The wonderful thing about window treatment ideas for beach house style is you don’t have to spend a fortune! Just installing simple bamboo window coverings would look wonderful.

Sheers are the quintessential look and feel for a coastal look with the dreamy way they flow in the breeze. Ready-made sheers are inexpensive and easy to install.

For a unique and inexpensive curtain design, buy some super cheap white curtains from Wal-mart, and tie a large knot in them.

Beach House Style Furniture

Whenever I think of beach cottage furniture, I always think of couch slipcovers, Adirondack chairs, and rattan bar-stools. Furniture that is easy to clean, isn’t stuffy looking, and just says; “hey come over here and sit awhile” is just so appealing and relaxing.

Painted and distressed wood furniture is a perfect fit with this style!

Nautical Bedroom Theme

Nautical boys roomThis is a bedroom I decorated for a little boy!  He was so excited to have a nautical decorated room!

nautical boys roomI found these fabulous pillows at HomeGoods!  That store makes me drool.

Beach Cottage Style Flooring

Hard wood flooring with a light hue finish, wide plank boards, or even white washed wood floors really finish off your total look. The whole idea of beach house decorating is simplicity and a style that keeps you relaxed. Decorating with things that already have a worn look helps you not worry about an extra scratch or dent.

The same goes with flooring. Choose flooring that you don’t have to worry about!

Read this page that will show you how to turn your bedroom into a wonderful beach retreat! 

This was an old mirror that I hot glued all sorts of shells, driftwood pieces, and starfish onto.  It was a fun little project.

If I had my way, I would live in a small cottage by the sea. I would give away half of my belongings and live a much simpler existence. Maybe that is what appeals to me about this particular style of decorating; it constantly reminds you to slow down.

The nature that you bring in from outdoors, just somehow seems to make you feel connected — connected to the bigger picture of how small we really are.

I hope you enjoyed these beach house decorating ideas.


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