Not everyone has ample access to soothing beach environments. Take Manhattan for example as inhabitants must travel to to outer boroughs in order to enjoy sunny environments in the sand. If only there was a way to bring the beach to your abode. Wouldn’t that just make things easier? Thankfully, there are ways via decorating.
Styling your home with different accents and updates are awesome ways to give it a boost. It is also a fun way to honor the change in season and all of its fun activities. So if you can’t get to the beach this summer (or maybe are so inspired that you want to bring a piece of it home), spruce up your interiors with some beachy elements. Here are a few ways to do it.
1.) Choose casual materials to promote easiness. Beach life is all about relaxing and being care-free (at least for the time being). Therefore, it is important to breathe this same easiness around your home with laid back elements that will let your guests know it’s okay to put your feet up. Exchange luxury fabrics (window treatments, bedding and table linens) for breathable cotton and linens. Melamine dinnerware and serving pieces are musts as there is no room for fine china at the beach.
2.) Enjoy a beach-colored interior. When it comes to the beach life, there are many color interpretations. Some may opt for a classic approach (coastal elegance) with fresh creams against nautical blues. Others however may prefer brilliant pops of color through popular, summery hues like lime, red, yellow and tangerine. Whatever your preference is, be confident and apply it throughout your entire home. Always remember this: there is no better season to do things differently than summer.
3.) Gather up found beach items. Encourage your children to collect all of their favorite beach pieces with their bucket and pail. If you’re lucky, you will be the proud owner of sand, seashells and sand dollars. Should you have a good mix, style them together in a glass vase for an amazing centerpiece. Place these around your home (think foyer, guest bathroom and dining room) for all to enjoy a little taste of the beach.
4.) Opt for recycled glassware. Have you ever walked a shore and found amazing seaglass that was too pretty to put down? Bring home that same feeling with recycled glassware. An eco-friendly styling option, recycled glasses are not only functional, but makes amazing statements when gathered. Store sand inside or leave them bare for a minimal design.
4a.) Paint your (glass) bottles. In addition to recycled glassware, enhance your home’s “beachiness” with sea-inspired hues. Choose from your favorite shades (think cobalt or sky blue) and head to the recycling bin for various glass bottles. This is the perfect paint project that will yield great results.
5.) Introduce removable beach accents. No one is saying you have to throw sand around your home, but you should consider a few classic options. The truth is there are some pieces that remind you of beach living (or at least being in a coastal environment). Here is a quick shortlist.
- Adirondack chairs (awesome porch accessories)
- Wicker or rattan accents (poufs, rugs, storage baskets)
- Wooden/wood-paneled boxes (a good coffee table replacement or shoe collector in the foyer)
- Oversized coral accents