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Want to infuse your home with a little bit of beach chic for the summer (or year round)? Wait until you see these 35 beach house decor ideas. You can bring a little bit of coastal living into your home or apartment, even if you’re not beach-adjacent, with just a few tweaks! Here’s how:
Add some nautical stripe beach house decor
A blue and white stripe is a fresh beach house decor idea. Here are some ways to add a coastal living stripe to your space:
Add some wicker, rattan or sisal beach theme decor
Materials like seagrass, rattan and sisal give a room an instant coastal living feel. The materials are rope-like and add texture to the space, perfect for the beach style effect you’re looking for.
Add indigo for a modern coastal space
Blue is the quintessential beach theme decor color. Seafoam, light blue, navy and turquoise are just a few shades you can use. But for a modern coastal look, give the shade of indigo a try. It’s similar to navy blue, but a little richer and more saturated. The color works beautifully with wood tones, whites and black.
Don’t like blue? You can still enjoy beach style
Although blue is the most typical color for beach house theme decor, you can skip the blue altogether and still have a stylish beach style space. Here are some ideas:
Slipcover furniture for a modern coastal living look
For an easy and relaxed beach vibe, add slipcovers to your sofas and chairs. Cotton or linen slipcovers in white, khaki or beige are the most beach-themed. Finish off the modern coastal living look with some beach-theme pillows.
Decorate your dining table with beach theme decor
Even if you live far from the beach, you can re-create a lovely beach theme dining experience by creating a coastal tablescape. All you need are some tabletop elements to layer with your everyday plates and silverware. Some beach house decor items you can add include:
- Beach-style napkin rings
- Linen, striped or nautical napkins
- Hurricane candle holders
- Chargers or a small accent plate in a nautical style
- Hand-blown glasses that look like seaglass
- A table runner or table cloth in a coastal look or color of your choice
Add whitewashed accents to your room
Whitewashing means adding a translucent stain of white to an item. It’s different from painting the piece because a whitewash is more see through and looks more natural. Choose pale and whitewashed accents for an updated coastal vibe. The look is similar to the tone of driftwood and adds the light and bright effect of a beach house to your room.
Two-tone walls are very ‘beach house’
There are many ways you can get the two-tone beach house look. You can paint the walls in two contrasting colors. Or wallpaper the upper or lower half and paint the other one. Or you can add classic, nautical beadboard panels to the lower half of the wall. Here are some examples:
Use driftwood for a beach house theme
Recycle found objects like driftwood and bamboo by using them as wall art or as the base of an occasional or coffee table.
Use beadboard panels for a modern coastal effect
Beadboard or wainscoting are panels of vertical wood that have been used for years to insulate and serve as walls. Found at most home improvement stores, they can be painted and are easy to work with. Here are some ways you can add beadboard for a beach style look:
You can’t have too many beach theme decor items
For the ultimate beach house look, layer plenty of blues, stripes, woven materials and other beach home decor.