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General Inspiration Tips and Advice

Beach Style

Who doesn’t want to come home from a long day and feel like they have stepped into a relaxing beach home – I know I certainly do. When making this style your own – just make sure to keep in mind the idea of less is more. Even if you are inclined to grab all the beach themed décor from your local home good store, remember, simple with accents is always the way to go.

For starters, the color palette on the walls extremely important. You want to be sure to stick to muted, tranquil colors, that are reminiscent of the beach. While your instinct may be to go with a deep blue color that reminds you of the ocean water, stick to a lighter version of the same color. Use beiges and browns that remind you of the colors of sand. Light greens that are like sea glass you may find in the sand. The colors you chose to use throughout the room will set the tone for the rest of the décor, and the overall feel for the room. Make sure to keep any trim or wood painted white to maintain the bright, airy feeling you find in nature as well.

Continue using that soft color palette within the furniture. Whatever the room, chose colors that accent the walls you have painted. If you went with a blue or green on the walls, keep the furniture within the tan and white family. If you went more neutral on the walls, bring in some of those blues and greens with the furniture. You can also use accent fabrics to bring out a little more of the color – think throw pillows and blankets in the living room, bedding or curtains in the bedroom.

The fun part (in my opinion) is then adding the decorative pieces to this beautiful palette you have created. Getting pieces with starfish, shells, or sand dollars will instantly bring the room together. Depending on the space you may need pictures to dress up the walls, accent lamps to add to the space, or just knick-knacks to place around the room to add some character.

Once you have tied all three of these elements together, you should have created your own personal retreat. Keeping in mind, “less is more”, will inspire you to want to spend even more time in the space relaxing!

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Beach Home Decor

American Coastal Style

Should evoke a mood or a feeling of casual, breezy, seaside relaxation without bashing you over the head with beachy paraphernalia. American Coastal Style can be broken into subcategories like transitional coastal (my style), coastal cottage, and contemporary coastal. Regardless of which sub-style you prefer, they all have several things in common, tons of natural sunlight, casual furnishings made with natural fibers and textures, ocean inspired color palettes, touches of subtle sparkle from glass and mirrors, and “found”, natural elements from the sea or coast as decor accessories.

Coastal Color Palettes

Choosing the right colors for your walls and decor will immediately help transform your home and give it the feeling of a relaxed coastal environment. The ocean, sky, and sand provide the inspiration for a coastal color palette. Think neutrals like weathered driftwood grays and warm soft sands…Crisp whites like sailboat canvas and sand dollars…Muted greens like beach grass, kelp, and sea glass…Watery sea blues and aquas and..Deep navy and steel grays like the storm clouds over the turbulent oceans.

Let the Light Pour In

Coastal Decor celebrates the sunlight and beautiful vistas. Coastal homes have a multitude of windows allowing natural light to be the main source of illumination in the home. Window treatments are kept simple, light, airy and are rarely ever closed. Think about it, have you ever walked into a beach home that was dark and gloomy? I hope not. So even if you live hundreds of miles inland, go ahead and push back those drapes and let that glorious sunlight pour in. Who would want to obscure a gorgeous beach view anyway?

Casual Furnishings & Natural Fibers

The furniture in coastal decor is anything but stuffy and ostentatious. It should be comfortable and casual, but this does not mean you need to sacrifice style and elegance. Choose natural fibers like rattan, cane, or sea grass for chairs, and jute, sisal, sea grass, or knotted wool for floor coverings.  Slip covered sofas dressed in linen or cotton help keep the look casual, but with kids, a durable utra-suede or outdoor fabrics in sandy shades work well and are practical. Keep linens simple, crisp and clean, and light. And bring in hand painted, distressed accent pieces to round out the look.

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By: Tiffany H.


Summer is almost here! It’s time to break out the bathing suits and beach wear, showing off that new figure you’ve been working on all winter, and get to work on trying to achieve the perfect tan. Now lets switch gears and turn our focus on getting your windows on tight summer condition with a change of the season comes a change of the shades.

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Authentic Bamboo is Perfect in the Summer Home

By: DominicRL-miami_esp-019_cmyk
I have a summer home that sits on beach front property where I spend most of my time in the summer. The house has a sun room that actually has the beach right next to it. I can see the ocean from the room and I was not planning on loosing that view but I really needed something to break up the sun in the afternoon. The room has four double windows and I had wanted to put something natural with a beach feel to it on them.
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