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Beach Chic Style Without Going Overboard

Written by Nissa

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:

Relaxed Luxury

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.

Get the look:
1. Suita Sofa – Pointed Back Cushions by Vitra 2. Hecks Ottoman by Blu Dot 3. Atwood Lounge Chair by Gus Modern 4. Fin Coffee Table by BDI

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.

Get the look:
1. Vista Indoor/Outdoor Rug by Mat-The-Basics 2. Richmond Sofa by Gus Modern 3. Felix Pillow by DwellStudio 4. Airlie Pendant by Currey & Company 5. Delta Table Lamp by Robert Abbey

Warm and Rustic

Photo via OutInDesign

Photo via OutInDesign

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.

Get the look:
1. Dylan Ceiling Fan by Monte Carlo 2. Pike Place Chandelier by Troy Lighting 3. Dartmouth Dining Table by Saloom Furniture 4. Vern Table Lamp by Arteriors

About the author



As the Content Marketing Manager for YDesign Group, Nissa has been writing about lighting, furniture and decor for many years. Considering that there's always something new out there, she'll likely write about them for many years more. She loves all things modern design, especially those designs that reinterpret classic forms in cool, imaginative ways. If she had her way, she'd spend all her money on such pieces (and wine).

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