We all feel more relaxed during a beach getaway. There is something about the cool breeze and beautiful beach cottage vibe. This design style looks great especially for getaway homes or beach resorts but replicating this anywhere if you are truly attracted to this style is no crime. For homes situated in hot humid areas, a beach cottage vibe will make your space look cool and breezy. There are a couple of design trademarks to a beach themed look and for individuals who are not interior decorators, this can seem daunting. You may not know how to put things together or you may be at a lost as to how to get started but if you follow these design tips, you could be living in your own version of a charming Nantucket abode in no time.
Use white wood board planks.
Using white wood planks on the walls and floor of your space is a trademark of beach cottage design. It makes a space look rustic, yet bright and clean. If you can’t get hold of real solid wood, painting over simple wood like plyboard cut into planks is a beautiful but affordable alternative.
Go for woven furniture in different natural materials.
Another way to bring the resort vibe into your home is to use woven furniture pieces. Material like abaca, raffia, and bamboo cane make beautiful chairs and accents on furniture like tables or beds, but using leather and creating something with a beach vibe is totally acceptable too.
Play with sea colors and use them for your interior accents.
Using sea foam green or teal and light turquoise for your decor and even wall accent paint will make your home look very relaxing. These colors immediately give the impression of a beach cottage theme. Pick fabric with accents and print in these colors, use jars and vases in colored glass or ceramic.
Pick interesting lighting accessories made of woven material or shell inlay.
Nothing adds more life to a space then some statement drop lights. It completes the look of living rooms and dining areas. When going for a beach themed look, select lighting fixtures made of woven material or shell.
Decorate your home with nautical accessories and real shells.
Accessorizing is the last step of any design process and to complete the look of your beach themed home, using nautical decor like boats, light houses, anchors and shells will make your space come to life.
Throw in a few furniture pieces in rustic wood finish.
If you are going for the relaxing laid back beach cottage vibe, then a few rustic furniture pieces will make your space look stunning. Perhaps a dining table or coffee table in old wood?
Consider bright tropical print and patterns.
If you are not going for a nautical theme, you may want to explore more tropical or exotic prints and patterns like palm leaves, banana leaves, toucans, flamingos or pineapples. These all have a tropical resort vibe and can work for any beach inspired home.
Lastly, to complete your beach cottage look, throw in a few indoor plants like palm trees to make your space look more realistic. Remember to open those windows and invite a lot of fresh breeze in. Oh and don’t forget the hammock on your front porch. How would you feel about using a beach cottage look for apartments? I’m wondering if it would be a bit odd to use this theme in the city?