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How to Create That Perfect Beach House Style

Updated on October 30, 2015

Beach Home Decor Ideas

Not all of us may be lucky enough to have our own little slice of paradise on the beach, but fortunately any home can be decorated that way. 

1) Creating Comfort

An essential part of decorating a beach getaway, is making it comfortable and realistic. Chances are if you have a beach home, you are going to have plenty of visitors from all over the spectrum, including rambunctious children, elderly grandparents, rowdy long lost cousins, and even some fur babies. Cozy couches, plenty of seating, and tables that can survive without coasters will be essentials. The last thing you want to do while trying to entertain and enjoy your home, is to stress about cleaning up after your guests.

 Some of the best ways to do this will be to scour antique shops and flea markets for the perfect piece that will fit the lifestyle of your beach home. While you may want to go all out on a luxuriously comfortable bed or couch. Things like t.v. stands, coffee tables, and art can all be vintage or recycled pieces that reflect you and your family.

Dont get so caught up in decor that you cannot enjoy your beautiful home.

Painted White Farmhouse Table
Painted White Farmhouse Table | Source

A saved kitchen table painted white and distressed, flanked by revived vintage metal chairs make the perfect dinner table setting.

Rustic Sideboard and Distressed Floors
Rustic Sideboard and Distressed Floors | Source

Highlighting old floors, walls, and ceilings, not only creates character but makes functions less stressful. A slight scratch or chip only adds to the charm.

This revived sideboard is great for entry way storage and its vintage look can take a bit of a beating.

Perfectly Aged Porch
Perfectly Aged Porch | Source
Painted Kitchen
Painted Kitchen | Source

2) Make it your own

Making your beach home reflect you and your family is also an important piece of the puzzle when creating your cozy beach atmosphere.

Using shells gathered together on the beach, photos of your family around the fire, pops of bright colors, or highlighting a nautical theme is what makes a home memorable. It creates warmth and makes it a place that you can't wait to return.

In your beach home all bets are off, if you want to paint the cupboards but are normally afraid... go for it if that’s your style. This blue kitchen not only sends vibes of peacefulness to its guests, but creates a quiet coziness.

Displaying beach glass, shells, coral and shark teeth not only adds to the decor but invites warm memories.

Organized Mud Room
Organized Mud Room | Source

3) Storage

Unless you have a sizable amount of money in your bank account, your home by the sea is not going to be a manor. Lots of storage options and making the most of small spaces will be key in making your beach home feel comfortable, livable, and organized.

Baskets, cubbies, and hooks create storage and keeps things out of the way after a day at the beach.

Nautical Themed Nook
Nautical Themed Nook | Source

Nooks with pull out drawers not only create storage, but allow for extra seating.

Most importantly it serves as a place to relax and gaze out at the water.

Pretty in Pink Armoire
Pretty in Pink Armoire | Source

Reclaimed armoires and dressers placed in unconventional spots around the home are perfect for guest storage, extra pillows, and quilts.

This pink armoires not only adds to the charm of the guest room, but serves as great storage.

Cozy Outdoor Gathering Place
Cozy Outdoor Gathering Place | Source

4) Outdoor Spaces

With a beach side cottage, the outdoor area is as important as the indoor. It is essential to bring the indoors outside, and make your outdoor space as comfy as what is in your living room. Chances are, this will be the area that your company will migrate to the most. In a place where sand meets sun, and the water is your back drop, this should be the focal point of your home.

Comfy couches and decor can make your outdoor gathering space as cozy as your indoors.

Outdoor Dining
Outdoor Dining | Source

Dining outside is just as important, if not more, as dining inside.

Lovely Hammock
Lovely Hammock | Source

An outdoor hammock is perfect for relaxing with a good book and a glass of sweet tea.

Luxurious Outdoor Shower
Luxurious Outdoor Shower | Source

Outdoor showers can be luxurious and helpful when you have a house full of sandy feet.

Gorgeous Kitchen Windows
Gorgeous Kitchen Windows | Source

4) Windows

As important as it is to bring the inside out, it is just as crucial to bring the outside in.

Beautiful windows are essential to the perfect beach cottage. If your cottage doesn't have great windows, highlight what you do have with complimentary window coverings. Eventually, you could look into a little demo and renovation to add some windows.

Having windows in your kitchen creates light and makes doing dishes not so bad

Soaking Tub
Soaking Tub | Source

Soaking in a hot bath with the crashing waves in the background is the perfect way to end a family beach day.

Beautiful Architecture
Beautiful Architecture | Source

Beautiful architecture and cool tones adds character and charm to any retreat.

Fun Vintage Prints
Fun Vintage Prints | Source

6) Details

Accessorizing your beach cottage is a great way to add color, warmth, and character to an already lovely getaway. Not to mention it is the funnest part of decorating!

Vintage beach style prints are fun and unique.

Lantern Filled Porch
Lantern Filled Porch | Source

No beach house is complete without lanterns... many, many lanterns.

Nautical Themed Drinking Glasses
Nautical Themed Drinking Glasses | Source

Quirky and fun serveware is essential for any beach cottage party.

Driftwood Wreath
Driftwood Wreath | Source
Wood Cut Whales
Wood Cut Whales | Source

DIY projects this driftwood wreath are a fun way to bring you into your home.

7) Have Fun

The of the most crucial things to remember when decorating is to have fun. When you have fun it shows through and creates and inviting place for you and guests to enjoy.

8) Enjoy your Beach House

Having a beach home brings many memories and a lot of joy. Be sure to enjoy it and savor all those moments and memories with family and friends!


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    • Lynn Clark profile imageAUTHOR

      Lynn Clark 

      2 years ago from Wilmington, NC

      Thanks! And that's my sentiments exactly.. what's the point if you cannot truly enjoy it??

    • purl3agony profile image

      Donna Herron 

      3 years ago from USA

      I really love beach house style and you've shared some wonderful ideas here. I love that you remind people to keep it comfortable and have fun decorating their home. After all, it's supposed to be a relaxing retreat! Thanks for sharing!


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