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Beach Themed Bedrooms

Updated on February 7, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

If you don’t have time for a vacation the next best thing is a beach themed bedroom. By using a beach theme in your bedroom you can create a serene sanctuary without ever leaving home. It is easy to do and doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.

You need to keep in mind that you are creating a peaceful place. Be aware of the colors, fabrics, and other decorative items that you use. You don’t want it to be too busy or too bold. Simplicity and light are the two keywords for your beach theme room.

Decide on a budget. How much can you afford to spend on this room makeover? More money will mean you can do things like change floor covering or even remodel a room, while very little money may mean a new comforter and window treatments. Whatever your budget, you can easily create the look you want with creative ideas.


Color Sets the Mood

While a bright colorful theme may be perfect for a beach themed den, it may be too much in a bedroom. Tropical colors are wonderful to create a beach theme but in a bedroom you want to use them sparingly or tone them down to pastels.

A classic beach palette is created by using red, white, and blue. Again, consider the feel that you are going for. Red, white and blue may be exactly what you want but you will use it differently in a bedroom than in one of the public rooms of the house.

Pastel tones would include those that suggest sand, sky, and surf. Seafoam greens, sandy tans and browns, and pale blues are a perfect reflection of the serene beach. Or, a soothing combination of white, cream, and sand colors can create serenity almost anywhere.

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Tropical Themed Bedrooms

When some people think of the beach they think of the tropics. Bright colors, light, gauzy fabrics, and bold prints create this look.

This can be too much in a bedroom if not done carefully.  Try using pastel tones of the bright tropical colors. Coral, pink, or pastel yellow can pair with a lush tropical green or blue to give the feel that you are looking for without the busy-ness of all of the colors.

Ceiling fans, gauzy curtains, mosquito netting; all of these add to that lush tropical vacation feel that you have been craving.  Keep the bed simple, maybe just a platform style with no headboard, and add vintage cruise and travel posters. Art Deco styling seems to go especially well with this look.

Classic Beach Themed Bedrooms

If you wanted to go with a classic nautical themed bedroom and use the red, white, and blue color scheme you should plan on plenty of white to keep things peaceful and clean looking. Add texture rather than color to the walls; white beadboard over white paint, for example. A wood floor works great in this style room. You can leave the floor bare or add a braided rug for a rustic New England look.

Using a patchwork quilt on a wrought iron or classic four poster bed is a good way to bring the red and blues that you crave into the room. Curtains can be crisp white cotton, or a blue ticking stripe. Add a Windsor chair, a shaker rocker, or even an Adirondack chair and you will have a beach themed bedroom with a “Down East” look that is hard to resist. Colonial styles are a natural with this look.

Serene Sand and Surf

For this look you will want to keep everything pretty neutral. Walls painted in sandy tones or your favorite pastel hue work well for the color. Add soft, white fabric to the bed and light, breezy curtains at the window (also in white). Use texture rather than color to create interest. A white, woven bedspread, creamy silk pillows; think of layers of texture.

Beach Themed Accessories

Accessories make the room your own. You can use anything from vintage lobster traps to sea shells to create the exact look you want.

If you love antiques then look for carved sea birds, rustic furniture, hurricane lamps and other items that will work well with your theme. Distressed furniture is perfect. eBay is a great place to start if you are looking for these items. Old painting and prints of clipper ships, ocean scenes, and even fish can be the perfect finish. You can get some fantastic inspiration by check out New England bed and breakfast sites and looking at the rooms they offer.

For that tropical look, primitive statues, starfish, and colorful posters can add the vacation look you want. Look on eBay and local antique shops for kitschy vintage souvenirs from exotic lands.

And, for the serene, tonal look keep things simple.

Find Your Inspiration

Look at plenty of pictures to get ideas and then just do it. If you don’t like the look when you are done it can be changed. You can even add a CD of beach sound to keep things sweetly calm.

Your bedroom should be a place where you can totally relax. A beach themed bedroom can create a sanctuary that refreshes and restores you when it is done with thought and creativity.


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      u01dtj6 6 years ago

      I am a great fan of creating a soothing and relaxing atmosphere for the bedroom. Nice idea to use pastel shades to represent the sand and sea. Lovely hub!

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      Nicks 7 years ago

      Of course, over here (Spain) many properties have the real thing - with some terrific views over the normally azure blue and scintillating Mediterranean sea! However,there is much to be said for trying to replicate this view particularly if you live in Northern Europe. All too often the greyness of the climate and long winters can leave one depressed and desperate for sun! So, good thinking...

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      Seba 7 years ago

      I grew up in Kenya and we used to take our holidays down at the coast. This was in the 1960's and 1970's. It was so beautiful, white sandy beaches, hardly anyone on them except the fishermen. The coconut palms grew down to the edge of the sand. It was incredible, I was so lucky. I haven't been back since 1975, but the tropics are in my blood. I love tropical and beach theme decor. Thanks for the post.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I live in a resort community and LOVE the water - oh, this is delightful. You are the very best! Thank you!

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      Juliette Morgan 7 years ago

      The brass telescope sounds like a great idea - I love beach themes - I have a lamp with a clear glass base full of coloured sand which would be easy to copy - lovely ideas I love new england style. Thanks.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wonderfully descriptive hubpage. The ideas are creative and very do-able. I love the peacefullness of a beachy scene.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      I love going to the beach so much but have never thought of decorating my bedroom with such a theme. It's a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      kachis 7 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria.

      I like fancy.

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      ThePartyAnimal 7 years ago

      Great Ideas to feel like you are on vacation in your own home

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Excellent ideas - we did the boys bathroom along these lines and looked great.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Great ideas and it makes a change. Thank you.

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      Jason Poquette 7 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

      I'm a big fan of the nautical look. I use boat oars in place of hand rails on my stair well. Great hub!! Thanks for the ideas.