We all know the benefits that come with going to the beach. Just walking on sand will stimulate the nerve endings down the soles of your feet. You also burn calories when you visit the beach. If you don’t spend too much time under the sun, then you get just the right amount of natural exfoliation and Vitamin D. Of course, you can’t bring these wonders home with you.
The next best thing to do is to recreate the lovely scenery in your home.
As If by the Shore
Even if you’re far from the beach, there are many ways that you can recreate the breezy ambiance there. You can set up a vacation home, one that has a laid-back, coastal look and feel if you know what elements to include.
The best beach getaways are often painted gray on their exterior, preferably stone gray siding. This color is forever coastal when paired with a light blue door and white trim.
Coastal living also means using a lot of wicker furniture. The natural woven pieces can be topped with a cushion complete with canvas fabric. White furniture pieces also look great in a beach setting. Look for the types that have a lovely X-base.
If wicker isn’t your cup of tea, then you can go for the slipcovered sofas. You can decorate these with marina-inspired pillows. The best materials to be used here are twill and cotton so that the slips will have a rumpled yet relaxed look. Add some lattice prints, fish patterns, and stripes on the accessories. Complete the living room look with soft shades of brown and aloe.
As for your dining area, it would be great to combine X-back chairs with cushion and slipcovers. Have them paired with a vintage-looking table with white finish. This weathered look is perfect in a beach-inspired home because it shows the sea-breeze and ocean water weathered look that real beach pieces show.
Still on the dining area, you can add the seemingly sea water calmness as you place a blue striped rug under these furniture pieces. You will surely think of the marina as you do this.
Capiz accessories will also look great in your newly-redesigned home. These shells can be the materials used on a lovely chandelier hanging in the living room. Windowpane oysters offer you these lovely discs which all spell – beach beauty.
And what’s a beach house without a mirror? Find a mirror with distressed frame, preferably a white distressed finish. Complement this accessory with an equally distressed table or console.
Now let’s go to the kitchen. Marble is a wonderful choice for the countertop. If not, you can still go for engineered stones or granite. Accessorize with shell fruit baskets.
Continue the beach-inspired theme in your kitchen as you add glass tiles as a backsplash. Have the walls colored with a seafoam hue paint. Pastel seats will look great when they are placed near a white kitchen work table.
Coastal living, when extended to the bedroom, can be achieved by painting the walls with a seaside color. Have a beach-inspired artwork hung above the white or powder blue bed. How about placing a line headboard? Just imagine the look of a nail-head-trim headboard complete with beach blue bedding. The footboard can be decorated with baskets holding blankets and pillows.
Beach themes can also be infused with pirate elements. Wooden chests with burnt oak stain will give it the washed-ashore, aged look. Place some plantation shutters above this wooden chest and you’d get the needed contrast.
As for the bathroom, just remember two things – light blue and white.
Useful Reference Links
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