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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:
The bed of this beach house theme bedroom is made with seagrass inserts in the headboard and footboard. Image: Homeclick
Woven wicker chairs are lightweight, inexpensive and durable. Group them with other beach house decor pieces like seaglass pendants, a beadboard-finish island and a pale seafoam blue wall color and you have a modern coastal space. Image: Stephen Alexander Homes
The classic bamboo and wicker hanging basket chair is a great way to add a cool, coastal vibe to a room. Image: Kate Jackson Design
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.
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:
A restful beach style living room is inspired by the pale shades of sand: cream, ivory, beige and soft pink. Image: Affordable Decorators
Natural wood tones, whites and a tropical print featuring a bright lime green create a coastal living vibe in this dining room. Image: Better Homes and Gardens
This elegant living room interprets coastal modern by using woven textures in natural tones and the color white. Image: Elle Decor
Minimal amounts of blue are seen in this beach house theme. Instead, texture in the form of stripes, beadboard panels and whitewashed brick are used to create a coastal-chic space. Image: House Beautiful
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.
Overstuffed contemporary sofas are slipcovered in ivory linen for a relaxed beach look. Image: Blackband Design
White cotton slipcovered sofas and slate blue linen chair covers can be removed and washed or changed out for heavier fabric covers in winter. Image: Elle Decor UK
This stylish modern coastal dining room features several beach style elements: the color indigo, wicker chairs, a whitewashed wood table and slipcovered linen armchairs on wheels. Image: Blackband Design
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 ringsLinen, striped or nautical napkinsHurricane candle holdersChargers or a small accent plate in a nautical styleHand-blown glasses that look like seaglassA table runner or table cloth in a coastal look or color of your choice
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.
The wood accents in this home were left in their natural wood tones for a surfer-chic vibe. The most striking of all is the modern whitewashed oak coffee table. Image: Helen Bainbridge
A monochromatic white on white bedroom with pale woods and sisal expand and brighten the space. Image: Etsy
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:
The two-tone wall was achieved by using paint and wallpaper. Image: House Beautiful
The easiest way to add two colors to your walls is by painting them. When painting, use painter’s tape to create a crisp, sharp line. Image: Bernhard Woodwork
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.
The homeowners collected driftwood on a beach walk and hung them freeform over their breakfast nook. Image: House Beautiful
Driftwood over the mantel and as the base of a table add to the modern coastal look of this open floor plan living space. Image: House Beautiful
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:
A small home features crisp, white beadboard walls. The vertical panels enhance the small space’s ceiling height. Image: Elle Decor
Throw pillows are often the least expensive and most dramatic way to create a modern coastal living space. Image: Coastal Living
A wall collage of shells and soft, pale blue and beige tones make this entry an inviting stop in the home. Image: Our Boat House
Just a small amount of beach theme decor can transform your space into a summer vacation getaway. Are you planning on adding a little beach style to your home? What’s your favorite beach house decor idea?