Feb
19

Interior Design Tips For Beach Lovers

Posted by BedfordBrooks in Design Tips, Interior design on Feb 19th, 2016

There’s more to the beach than the sand and the surf, so when you’re explaining to someone that you want to bring the beach to your home, you’ll be able to tell them that you don’t intend on making it feel like you’re outdoors when you’re inside.

Tips To Bring The Beach Home

In fact, seaside decor has a simple, clean, and bright appeal that can inspire feelings of relaxation, so read on to learn how to bring that into your home!

Letting the light in
One of the most important aspects of a beach house is being exposed to bright windows, so design your window areas to let as much sunlight in as possible. This means light shades and keeping your panes exposed during daylight hours. If your home doesn’t get much exposure to the sun, recessed ceiling lights are a great supplement. Be sure to choose a lower wattage LED light to reduce glare.

Choosing the right colours
The main colours in a traditional beach house are:

  • White
  • Beige
  • Aquamarine

More than 50% of the room should be white in order to make the room feel light and open. The beige softens the harshness of the white, and the blue should remind you of a crystal clear ocean. Exposed beams are a nice touch, especially since seeing wood is an easy reminder of nature. Finally, if you are wondering if there’s more to the decor than colour blocking, fabrics with wide stripes can add a touch of interest.

Reminders of open water
Anything that brings up memories of being on the ocean, sea, or lake are good mementos:

  • Surfboard
  • Hammock
  • Seashells
  • Model ships

You can also find nice scents that have hints of ocean smells in creams, candles, and soaps.

Rustic but not rural
Beach homes are not known for plush fabrics on beds, couches, and pillows, so opt for light, quality materials that embrace a bit of roughness for an unfinished texture. Luckily, this type of aesthetic is a very affordable style compared to other more expensive looks.

Relaxation is key
Beach homes are inviting because you’re meant to feel comfortable. In place of formal couches, you could have lounges where guests can lie down and enjoy the calming decor, and in this vein, it’s important to remove clutter and embrace open space. It’s okay for rooms to embrace emptiness in order to give yourself more breathing room.

Other similarly relaxed and natural styles include rustic and rural, traditional European, and nostalgic charm. To learn more about how to turn your home into your personal sanctuary, talk to the Bedford Brooks team today!