These beachy decorating ideas will almost get you feeling the sand in your shoes.
What is it about blue and white that says "beach" and "summer" so loud and clear? Sure, they’re the colors of sea, sky, sand and seashells, but they’re also widely seen on weathered shutters and well-worn wicker, porch ceilings and veranda swings, Mediterranean tiles and white-washed jeans—all comfortable things that invite you to kick back and relax. So, go for it. Create that beachy feeling, even if it’s only in your own home or backyard.
Navy seashells dance across this handy bag that’s deep enough to carry everything you need for your next picnic or trip to the beach. Love those shells? There’s even a sun hat to match. From Hable Construction (www.hableconstruction.com).
Pottery Barn’s (www.potterybarn.com) crisp blue and white linens, with a dash of paisley thrown in for good measure, are cool and inviting.
There’s nothing quite like white wicker when it comes to creating a summer ambience, and Padma’s Plantation (www.padmasplantation.com) has some of the best. But check out the colors in its Urban Cottage collection, too.
This frosted blue candle-powered chandelier called the Palazzo T4 looks glassy and classy, but it’s pure acrylic—perfect for bringing a touch of Venice outdoors. From www.pepper-mint.com (www.pepper-mint.com).
Fringey azure napkins scream summer meals eaten outdoors. Rattan place mats add to the beachy casual ambiance. From Pottery Barn (www.potterybarn.com).
The quiet blue in artist Robert Deyber’s giclee print of a Cape Hatteras lighthouse is as serene as a long summer day. From The Guild (www.guild.com).
Maybe molded plastic chairs have never been your thing. But they’re great for whatever the great outdoors throws ’em, and this sky blue Air Chair from Room & Board (www.roomandboard.com) is stackable and full of style.
You won’t be able to have a blue mood when you’re hanging on this turquoise and white wicker couch designed by Paola Navone. From The Conran Shop (www.conran.com).
Come summer time, the creaking of rockers on front porches can be heard from coast to coast, no beach required. Now Palecek (www.palecek.com) thinks the younger set needs their own way to rock and roll. We love the blue one, of course.
Shades of blue in cool summer stripes make the Cross Cots from Janus et Cie (www.janusetcie.com) a welcoming refuge.
Outdoor rugs are all the rage and this one by the Anji Mountain Bamboo Rug Company is as blue as the ocean deep. From poolclick.com (www.poolclick.com).
Sun ‘N’ Shade fabrics from Waverly (www.decoratewaverly.com) are true blue indoors and out. Blue stripes and patterns really get the porch swing swaying.
In the dock house of HGTV’s Dream Home 2005, a wonderful structure perched out at the end of the 50-foot pier on Lake Tyler, designer Linda Woodrum let loose with her color palette. Think "watery blues," she says. "You lift the three garage doors on the downstairs sitting area and you're inside but are totally experiencing the water and sky outside."
Toss a few lush tropical pillows around your house, and it’s instant summer (just add margaritas!). We like these aqua and green Largo pillows from Crate and Barrel (www.crateandbarrel.com).
Blue walls, blue photo mats, blue tile Pottery Barn (www.potterybarn.com) knows how to mix it up nice with whitewashed white. Add elegant silver and hurricane glass and you’ve got true summer style.
Something’s definitely fishy at Target (www.target.com), the source of these blue-and-white acrylic plates. To get the party going, there’s also matching tumblers and serving bowls.