How to Create a Breathtaking Beach House

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In header: Klaussner Ginkgo Trisha Yearwood Coffee Table and Klaussner Ginkgo Trisha Yearwood Side Table

[Updated 12/31/2018]

Nothing says summer more than sand in your shoes, the smell of sunscreen and the gentle sound of crashing waves. If you love lazy days on the beach as much as we do, why not bring some of that serenity indoors?

Transform your beach house into a coastal oasis by choosing the perfect color palette, furniture and décor. If you don’t live near water, you’ll still love the summery vibe our beach house style adds to your home!

Create the Perfect Beach House with Coastal Furniture and Nautical Décor

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Pictured above: Ashley Tanobay Coffee Table, Ashley Tanobay End Table and Ashley A10004 Collection Pouf

Your beach house should be a reflection of both your unique personality and your favorite memories. From a modern coastal look to a country cottage, there are many different beach house design styles to choose from. You can’t go wrong! No matter the style you choose, you can give it a beach-inspired twist by incorporating accents and the right color palette.

1. Choose a Beach House Color Scheme

Choosing a color scheme is the first step to designing any home and is especially important when creating the perfect beach house. It’s easy to get caught up in themes, which can make your space seem cliché. However, building your space around a color scheme avoids this pitfall while still creating a cohesive look.

Think of your favorite beach locations and draw inspiration from natural elements like wet sand, foamy water, seashells and plant life. Make sure your colors are light and airy to ensure your home appears welcoming and bright. Here are a few of our favorite beach house color palette ideas:

Beach House Color Palette: Inviting Outdoor Patio
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Ashley Salceda 2-Piece Outdoor Sectional & Chair | Sphinx Bali 5′ X 8′ Outdoor Rug | Ashley Salceda Outdoor Dining Table

This deep and colorful palette uses a dark brown to anchor the space and pairs it with a crisp cream hue. The beautiful contrast adds depth that is accented with pops of sky blue and red. The welcoming combination is versatile and looks fantastic in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Try  decorating your patio with houseplants and accessorize the space with bright pillows or outdoor rugs.

Beach House Color Palette: Coastal Living Room
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Ashley Chamberly 4-Piece Sectional | Klaussner Music City Coffee Table | Dalyn Lavita Linen 5′ X 8′ Rug

After a long day at the beach, you’ll love kicking back to relax with this soothing color scheme. Reminiscent of shimmering water and wet sand, this palette is filled with neutral colors. An eye-catching blue hue offers a splash of color to the crisp space, creating the finishing touch. When decorating a living room with this gorgeous palette, don’t forget to style your coffee table with sea-inspired décor like shells or a terrarium.

Beach House Color Palette: Contemporary Bedroom 
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Modus Furniture Ocean Queen Platform Bed Modus Furniture Ocean Nightstand

Sweet dreams are made of these luxurious hues! That’s why this palette is ideal for a beach-inspired bedroom. The combination of dark and light brown tones against a gentle cream creates a tranquil atmosphere you’ll love. Plus, two blue colors that reflect both the sea and sky make this palette look modern and fresh. When transforming your bedroom into this serene design, accent the space with sleek benches, lavish lamps and cozy throws. 

2. Browse Unique Accents and Nautical Décor

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Pictured above: Ashley Kirwin Nuvella Blue Sofa

The key to making the perfect beach house is showcasing your own personality and character in the space. While you want to keep accents related to your summery design, you should incorporate off-the-wall décor and furniture. These stunning focal points will become talking points for all of your summertime guests.

Browse a few of our nautical accents and unique finds:



3. Add Bold Indoor/Outdoor Rugs

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Pictured above: Modus Furniture Craster Coffee Table and Modus Furniture Craster End Table

Add the finishing touch to your indoor and outdoor spaces with a bold rug! Our outdoor rugs are designed with durability in mind, so they can withstand both sun and moisture. Plus, they are easy to clean. That means you won’t have to worry about your guests carrying in sand from the beach.

Are you unsure of what type of rug will fit in your home? Check out our infographic on choosing area rugs for every space! 


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Show Us Your Beach House!

Do you have a beautiful beach house filled to the brim with coastal décor? Have decorating tips and tricks you want to share? We want to see and hear them! Share your beach house with us using the social icons below.

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