Who doesn’t love a day at the beach with all that sun, surf, and sand?
I used to live in a bustling Midwest city where the people were friendly and the temperature was often a negative number. There was a beach-themed restaurant near me that served fruity drinks with paper umbrellas and offered up a giant sandbox for a dance floor. I called that place home from November until June, wiggling my toes (to music) in the sand, and pretending I lived in a city where it did not (freakishly) snow in May. Fortunately, there’s a way to inhale beachy ambiance that doesn’t involve camping out in a local restaurant, and it’s as simple as a few inexpensive tweaks to your home décor.
Dip Your Toes in at Low Tide
Want to adopt a nautical theme without completely going overboard? Here are some low-key ways to incorporate beach inspiration.
- Beachy Paint Color. Sandy beiges, ocean greens, and sky blues will turn your great room into a tropical stay-cation. You can draw color inspiration from the Sherwin-Williams® ColorSnap® Visualizer to find the best shades for your home.
- Divine Driftwood. One well-placed piece of driftwood can completely change the tone of any room – even a sleek kitchen. Check out this cool design idea from the Orchard Park community in Winter Garden, FL (near Orlando).
Sea Colored Glass. Lighten the mood indoors with a few blue-green glass vases. This home at Sawgrass Pointe in Orlando, FL, makes full use of sea-inspired décor.
- Toss a Few Pillows. Some strategically placed pillows on a comfy couch will tell the world your heart is at the shore. The Mirabella community in Tampa, FL, gets this décor just right.
- Sea Shells and Coral. Sea shells aren’t only by the sea shore; sometimes they’re in your great room. This home at the Pine Trace community in Port St. Lucie, FL (Southeast Florida), displays a gorgeous shell plate in the kitchen, and beautiful coral in the great room.
And you’ll find fun shell décor in this great room at the Copperleaf community in Jacksonville, FL.
Fish and Sea Horses. Make any room come alive with a school of fun sea creatures. This bedroom was styled with sea horses galore at the Forest Hammock at Oakleaf Plantation community in Orange Park, FL (near Jacksonville).
And there’s nothing fishy about the fun décor in this loft at Egrets Cove in Jacksonville, FL.
- Art of the Ocean. Bring a sunny summer vibe to your home with a beach-inspired painting. This master bedroom in the Glen St. Johns community in St. Johns, FL, keeps the ocean front and center with a gorgeous seaside rendering.
Ride the Waves at High Tide
Ready to go full steam ahead with beach décor? Here are some easy ways:
- Land-worthy Boats. Turns out boats make excellent shelving for a nautical-inspired den. Who knew? (Our clever KB stylists did, actually!) Admire this sailboat-themed den at the Coves of Estero Bay, in Fort Meyers, FL (Southwest Florida).
- Beachy on the Outside. Let a little of that deep-blue sea vibe spruce up your shutters and front door like this cool home at the Vista Pointe community in Jacksonville, FL.
Backyard Beach. Nothing feels more beachy than an old fashioned sandbox – grownups allowed!
No matter where you live – West Coast, East Coast, or somewhere in-between – bringing the beach indoors is as easy as a few unique décor pieces inspired by the sea. For more home design photos, view the community pages at kbhome.com.
A.J. Bowker is a contributing writer to From House to Home. She has lived on the East Coast, in the Midwest, and is now settled in Southern California. One thing she has learned from living in various parts of the country: home is a state of mind.