Get ideas for coastal bathrooms, and prepare to create a sea-and-surf-inspired bath space in your home.
By: Sean McEvoy
Coastal bathrooms aren't just found in seaside towns. Many homeowners with a love of the beach choose to theme their bath spaces with coastal elements, regardless of how far they need to travel to catch a whiff of sea air.
The first consideration if you're contemplating a coastal or beach-style bathroom is the color scheme. Bright, light, airy styles tend to work best for beach themes, so you'll likely want to explore a range of whites and blues that will transport guests and family members beachside.
Nautical patterns are another feature of beach-style bathrooms, especially in the form of bold stripes, often in blue and white. These can be employed subtly on linens or accessories for a sea-faring feel.
Speaking of accessories, seashell soap dishes, decorative coral or dried starfish placed artfully on windowsills and bathed in natural light, or a sea-sponge hung strategically in the shower can all bring a hint of the ocean into your coastal bathroom design.
In terms of core style, Cape Cod/cottage style and Mediterranean are two of the most prevalent coastal bathroom designs. Cottage-style bathrooms are characterized by a bright, airy feel and the use of traditional beadboard. Mediterranean styles feature lots of smooth, often sand-colored tile.
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