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Beach House Dining Room Decor

Updated on June 2, 2016
Bring the fresh look of the coastal regions into your dining room decor.
Bring the fresh look of the coastal regions into your dining room decor. | Source

Gulf Coast Sophistication

The formal look of polished wood, celadon green placemats, a gracious living mark this look as truly Southern but with a soft and easy look that came from those sweet Gulf breezes.
The formal look of polished wood, celadon green placemats, a gracious living mark this look as truly Southern but with a soft and easy look that came from those sweet Gulf breezes.

The Casual Comfort of Coastal Dining

Half the fun of a beach house is the way you can kick back and enjoy things like eating a great meal together without too much fuss. Games are at the ready for times when you aren't on the beach, or just surfing around the area spying out great little shops or sitting and watching the sunsets.

Beach House colors and textures make a dining area a good place for the family to gather. Simple and made for highlighting the important things like the conversation and the food.

That doesn't mean the dining design goes unnoticed! Just that it isn't in the way of having a relaxed good time.

Maybe this style of dining is for you year round... take a look at the beachside ambience this look could offer in your own kitchen and dining areas.

Explore for decorating ideas of your own...

A sampling of:


  • Elements that make a coastal look
  • Examples of dining furnishings
  • Dinnerware styles and accessories that create looks for New England, Gulf Coast, West Coast, or Hawaiian styles.
  • Craft ideas
  • Some delicious recipes
  • Regional colors

Beach House Colors

Using beach house colors of driftwood, seafoam, ocean blues, nautical navies, and sailcloth white can dress up the dining room environment, set the tablescape, and create a kitchen-dining room ready for family meals of entertaining friends.

While I love the colorful ones, there are subtle seashell embossed, white tableware sets that will quietly showcase any meal. The decorative quality of the designs add a feeling of the seaside, and reminders of scenes that are unique to the coast.

Colors Of The Sand, Sky, and Sea

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Dinnerware with Beach Themes

Set Your Table With Coastal Style

New England Coast


The Yankee sensibility is frugal and battered, well worn furnishings and tableware add to the charm of many a Yankee household. Red, white, and blue abound, with iconic sea creatures, both real and mythical.

While strongly practical, traditional antiques, and heritage looks are common, there is quite a bit of whimsy included.

The Northern clime requires more warmth and a cozy feeling, which is reflected in these rooms.

New England Clam Chowder, Anyone?

These dishes seem waiting for new England clam chowder.
These dishes seem waiting for new England clam chowder.

Classic White For Gulf Sun and Sand

Thomson Pottery 16-pc. Set Embossed Shell
Thomson Pottery 16-pc. Set Embossed Shell

Pretty white dinnerware that is at home with any season and setting. The embossed seashell motif is subtle but makes you think of easy beach house living. Relaxed mood for a great dining experience.

 

Gulf Coast

The Gulf coast has a Southern vibe that is lighter and brighter with touches of formality to it. You will find white surfaces with dark woods as a favored interior look, or Rattan with glass tabletops.

I have yet to see a Beach house in this area that is done in a Retro style or with the down home Yankee look of battered tableware or nautical kitsch, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Coastal Dining Room

9pcs Set Myrtle Beach III Square Counter Height Table with 2 Arm Chairs 6 Counter Height Side Chairs in Dark Oak Finish
9pcs Set Myrtle Beach III Square Counter Height Table with 2 Arm Chairs 6 Counter Height Side Chairs in Dark Oak Finish

A comfortable and classy dining set that fits many moods. The darker wood is a Southern classic for gracious living.

Counter height chairs are great to pull up for dinners, snacks or just a game on a rainy day.

 

Hawaiian Island Coast


Hang loose in the Hawaiian Islands, flowers are big and bright and decorate plenty of items. There is always a casual sense to this style and the colors range from subtle to bright. From formal to kitschy, the only requisite is comfort.

Polynesians have a strong design sense, and the Asian influence is also a part of the look. Bold clean lines, or bold color is often used in tableware and cloth items. Rattan, smooth woods, glass are welcome in the dining rooms done in this style.

Going Hawaiian?

South Sea Rattan WK400 Antigua 5 Piece Dining Set with Swivel-Tilt Chairs
South Sea Rattan WK400 Antigua 5 Piece Dining Set with Swivel-Tilt Chairs

Cozy dining set with comfy swivel chairs create a casual beach house look.

 

Go Retro

West Coast

The California look is well known. Bright and sunny with lots of comfort and good living vibes. More Mediterranean influences than on the Southern or Eastern coasts, this dining room can go Spanish, Asian, or Retro, and everything in between.

But one thing rules: the look is expansive and open, with sunny or light colors predominating.

Color, comfort, and style are important on the West Coast.

Natural Textures: Rattan, Seagrass, Woven Burlap

No matter which color scheme you choose, Beach House dining style is made with lots of natural textures, woven mats, seagrass baskets, nubby textured table linens.

The boat ropes and sea-wind worn wood are echoed in the colors and surfaces of the furnishings and accessories.

Seagrass Textures For Beach House Dining

These are the perfect foil for cool sea side colors

Seagrass is a material that is easy-care and adds great texture. So many items are made from it- even a dining room set of chairs! It lends an instant beach house feeling to any room.

Think of where you might best accentuate your room with an item made of seagrass.

Natural Inspirations

  • An entire dining room set, table and chairs, all made of seagrass
  • The rug is a popular dining room decorating item. Made of seagrass or some similar material, like sisal, it brings texture and a casual, easy care feeling.
  • Rugs, chairs or baskets made of seagrass bring elements of the beach into the house.

Casual Textures

One of the best points of beach house decor, especially in the kitchen and dining area, is its sturdy resistance to daily wear and tear. Kid friendly furnishings with a sense of fun create a welcoming atmosphere for diners of every age. All without any sacrifice of style.

New England Lobster Mats

Kay Dee Designs Driftwood Lobster Cork-Backed Placemat, Set of 2
Kay Dee Designs Driftwood Lobster Cork-Backed Placemat, Set of 2

These have a definite New England feel, from the trendy calligraphy, the natural cork material, and the iconic Maine lobsters.

Kids find them fun, Mom and Dad find them stylish.

Save the table surface and streamline cleanup.

 

Beach Themed Dining Room

Wall Decor : Make your own with vignettes or collages.

Beach House Crafts

Creative ways to add the beach look

Crafty Decor Ideas

Seashell Shadow Box

Get a shadow box, antique it white, gather some seashells and arrange them within for a simple, yet effective looking wall decoration.

Or create a miniature vignette...

Cheerful Colors Are Fun

... And fun is part of the beach house scene

Natural Objects

Use driftwood or collected shells to create jars of natural objects or decorate mirrors or picture frames.

Romantic Beach Memory Vignette

Explanation of the items below. Create your own beach house vignette for a mantle, the top of a dresser or side table.
Explanation of the items below. Create your own beach house vignette for a mantle, the top of a dresser or side table.

Memories + Beach Materials = Romance

A picture of a totally romantic gift for a friend's wedding memory,"the frame has three panes of glass. in the back is sand from where they stood and took their vows.

In the front are shells from the beach of the house they stayed in for the wedding.

The polaroid was taken at sunset just after they took their vows.

In the bottle are three sands:

  1. The bottom layer is the sand from the house in which they stayed,
  2. The second is the ground on which they stood, the top is from Hawaii where they honeymooned.
  3. The broken shells on top are also from their wedding, added for sparkle effect."

East-West Sea Coast Buffet

Summertime Dishes for Entertaining

Create your Beach House dining room, and then get ready to entertain! Serve an East Coast Buffet and enjoy time with your guests.

Try This Menu

Fish Tacos

West Coast Grilled Veggie Pizza

Cold Soba Salad

Guacamole and Tortilla Chips

Cold Lemonade and Beer, if desired.

Ten grilling recipes from Coastal Living

Grasslands Road Studio 100 Making Waves 9-1/4 by 13-3/4-Inch Fish Handpainted Serving Platter
Grasslands Road Studio 100 Making Waves 9-1/4 by 13-3/4-Inch Fish Handpainted Serving Platter

I've seen lots of cute, fun accessories inside Beach houses in the South. They immediately say that you are in an environment that is for play and relaxation.

If you are serving casual meals there is nothing as cheerful as a brightly colored sea creature serving dish!

 

Maryland Crab Bake? Maine Lobster?

Ingredients

  • shrimp
  • scallops
  • chicken chunks
  • various colored bell peppers
  • tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • onions
  • marinade:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice or lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • crushed 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • crushed 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Choose your combination of veggies, seafood, or meat ingredients, have all "chunk-size".
  2. To prepare marinade: mix oil, lime juice, onion, thyme, fennel seed, and pepper in a plastic zip bag. Add scallops, fish, or meat with fennel, sweet pepper, and veggie chunks. Seal bag and place in refrigerator. Marinate for one hour, turning bag occasionally to distribute the marinade.
  3. Soak wood skewers, then thread onto the skewer. Cook on the grill, turning occasionally and brushing with additional marinade.
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      Ashish Dadgaa 5 months ago

      @Ilona,

      Beautifully penned down Hub. I loved your each and every idea of decorating Beach House dining room. Being a construction Manager I had never thought before that we can decor dining room with so much detail and perfection.

      Thank you so much for sharing this information with us.

      Bless you.