19 Beach Chic Decorating Ideas to Copy at Home

Not just for coastal living anymore, beach-inspired decorating gives your home the laid-back setting that's just right for summer.

By: Chelsey Bowen and Keri Sanders

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Photo By: Sean Litchfield Photography

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Photo By: Carter Kay

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Photo By: Sean Litchfield Photography

Photo By: Lisa Romerein (Styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Photo By: Lisa Romerein (Styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Open and Airy

Tons of light, linen curtains and a crisp white slipcover come together for a soothing and comfy take on coastal living. Courtesy of HGTV Magazine

Sweet Color Pairing

What's more beachy than an all-white room? Add in a few cheerful pops of color, and you have coastal style with a sunny disposition. 

Shell Chandelier

This delicate chandelier from HGTV Magazine features cascading windowpane oyster shells which offer a subtle nod to a more sophisticated beach style.

Simple + Understated

Coastal with a touch of contemporary, this blue and white bedroom finds its style in subtle details, like the wooden starburst mirror and coral-inspired lamp. 

From: Carter Kay

Beachy Dining Views

Rattan chairs add a comfy coastal element to this casual dining room, which also features large picture windows to make the most of a breath-taking view. See this impressive beach house makeover here.

Quirky + Color

Playful and relaxed, this quirky space uses less common tropical elements like a fun pineapple wallpaper and oversized basket pendants to add a punch of beach chic style. See the entire space here

Creative Wall Coverings

A wall covered in large maritime maps and a homemade minnow trap light fixture are the perfect pairing for this thrifty space that utilizes flea market finds and creative wall coverings for a totally stylish look. Courtesy of HGTV Magazine

Sea-Worthy Blues

This adorable beach home makes use of crisp white walls and a peaceful blend of varying shades of blue for a calming coastal effect. Wicker baskets and nautical pillows finalize the look. 

Coastal Meets Americana

This red, white and blue bedroom featured in HGTV Magazine mixes in just the right amount of coastal charm with sea-inspired pillows and a pair of framed sea treasures.

Nature + Neutrals

A neutral palette of driftwood gray mixed with an unexpected mirror covered in reclaimed twigs creates a soft, organic vibe that offers just the right amount of coastal inspiration in this petite bathroom.

Under the Sea

Create a gallery wall with simple black frames, where you can switch out the artwork depending on the season. Drawings of different starfish, like the ones used by RMSer rnhey, are perfect for summer.

An Assortment of Texture

A variety of fabrics yield the relaxed atmosphere synonymous with beach style. A serene blue painting evokes visions of the ocean and sky, while on the coffee table, twine balls and distressed accessories add a touch of weathered texture. Design by RMSer angelineguido.

Reflective Display

Decorate an entry or hall table with a coastal vignette. Find one commanding object, like the antique mirror RMSer Lulu D uses here, and surround it with other accessories of varying scale, but similar style.

Boathouse Retreat

Blue and white is the quintessential color scheme for any nautical-inspired setting. After removing the drywall behind the bed to create a unique focal wall of painted wood slats, RMSer laylapalmer completes this clean, cozy guest bedroom makeover with a vintage oar hung above the bed.

Peaceful Hues

A soothing color palette is essential to any beachy design. To create a relaxing retreat that reminds her of the ocean, RMSer kathysue incorporates cottage-inspired furnishings, beach glass bottles and beautiful white shells.

From the Seashore

Swapping out a mantel display with the season breathes fresh life into your space. RMSer moredesign creates a breezy vignette of metallic and white seashells. A coral-inspired chandelier and driftwood mirror complete the look.

Casually Chic

Dress up plain wooden chairs and add a coastal touch with floor-length white slipcovers. A sisal rug lays the foundation for this refreshingly casual dining room, which is topped with a Paris street light chandelier.

Natural Additions

Cozy texture and tropical spirit make woven accessories the perfect addition to this laid-back style. RMSer DWIGHTLOUDAN creates a unified look in this breakfast area by repeating the organic fibers in the light cover, area rug and placemats.

Seaside Luxe

From the mother of pearl sink to the beadboard wainscoting, this cottage-inspired bathroom is refined yet simple at the same time. Carefully placed starfish add just the right touch of beach. Design by RMSer Campbell1082.