10 Beach Cottage Decorating Ideas
Whether you're hours away from a coastline or steps away from golden sand, bring the beach inside your home through rustic, sea-inspired decor. Browse through these graceful shabby chic retreats for ideas and inspiration.
Photo By: Courtesy of Somerset Bay Home
Photo By: Somerset Bay
Get the Look: If you're trying to pull in relaxing ocean vibes, keep your dining room design simple. Crisp white slipcovers, a shabby white dining table and natural accessories can make a bold statement without appearing overly rustic.
Toes in the Sand
Get the Look: To create a casual, beachy feel in your space, mix various furniture styles (rustic, cottage or contemporary) and materials (rattan, polyester, cotton or linen).
Get the Look: For an elegantly shabby look, combine your rustic pieces with more contemporary counterparts. The white table and rattan chairs feel ultra casual, while the symmetrical prints, pleated draperies and dark wood serving tray deliver a perfect hint of refinement.
Get the Look: Break up a neutral palette by adding unexpected bits of color. Eyes will be drawn around the room with each vibrant accessory, ensuring guests don't miss a single stunning detail.
Get the Look: If you have an amazing waterfront view, let the scenery become your artwork. Rather than arranging furniture around a TV or fireplace, arrange your room to face the ocean.
Dressed Up Decor
Get the Look: Even if you don't want a full beach-inspired decorating scheme, you can still coordinate subtle hints of marine life and seashells into your decor. Coral can make a stunning accent piece in a hallway vignette.
Get the Look: Don't feel like you have to be on the beach to incorporate a shabby coastal feel in your home. If vacations don't come often enough, let your sea-inspired decor become your getaway.
Get the Look: Celebrate summer by creating a seasonal table setup of seashells, starfish, candles and small driftwood pieces. Invite people over for seafood favorites, like grilled fish, pan roasted scallops and coconut shrimp, to go with the warm-weather theme.
Get the Look: One of the best places to display your sea finds is the mantel. Even if the setup is only around during the summer months, it can still bring that casual warm-weather feel into your home. And for a more formal piece that looks like it belongs all year long, try a stunning light fixture, like this white coral chandelier.
Get the Look: To make your guests feel comfortable and welcome, keep the amenities and feel of a hotel in mind. Maintain a soothing color scheme, plenty of pillows, storage space and bathroom essentials. And of course, mirror the home's surroundings. The weathered oars, sand-filled table lamps and natural accessories will constantly remind them that they're on vacation.