Once upon a time, the best way to give a space a seaside/nautical look was by using lots of navy blue, anchors and seashells everywhere. While certainly a fun approach, it is not necessarily the best way to show off more fine design pieces.
With any actual beach house space, the water view is always the best accessory. But even if that’s lacking, there are still plenty of ways to bring the beach inside any home, in ways that are both fun and stylishly contemporary. The following are three of my favorite approaches to the modern beach house look:
For many, having the opportunity to relax is a luxury. So having surroundings that embody that sense of luxury—and enhance it—is very important. The living space pictured below in Laguna Beach, CA, uses soft natural tones as a foundation, with subtle pops of color. That way, the furnishings dwell quite comfortably amongst the wood and iron beams as well as with the watery view prominent through the large windows.
Eclectic and Colorful
When people think about being by the ocean, they often envision cool blues, greys and greens and, of course, plenty of airy white. The beach is also a source of fun and play, an atmosphere that can be easily carried through a space by adding bright accent colors and sea-inspired accents like coral pink, orange, shells or seascapes. As shown in this living room on Kiawah Island, the soft turquoise cabinets and accents carry through a watery feel, while bright pops of orange add energy.
Warm and Rustic
Wood planks worn smooth by years of sand-laden wind and salt water, rough rope used to set sails on ships, metal with dark patina, pitted and hazy glass. Incorporating such elements into a design gives it a timeworn, lived-in feel, as shown in this dining room. It also conveys a genuine sense of nautical surroundings through texture as much as color. Photo via OutInDesign.