When I think about some of the most relaxing, enjoyable times that I’ve had in my life, the first image that comes to my mind is laying on the beach during summer vacation. There is nothing quite as refreshing as listening to the waves and watching your children frolic in the ocean, while you sit on the sand sipping on a Mai Tai.
Enjoy the Beach? 34 Beach and Coastal Decorating Ideas You’ll Love
Unfortunately, our beach vacations have to come to an end, but the relaxing feeling that you experience while you are there can come home with you. Beach and coastal decorating ideas are great for making the blue turquoise water and the white sandy beaches a part of your home décor. You can incorporate seashells, starfish, coral, driftwood, and even those loudmouth seagulls that are part of the beach experience.
The soft colors that you get at the shore are great for creating beach and coastal decorating ideas for your living space. This guide is designed to help you get started creating a beach motif in your home. It can serve as a relaxing retreat for your alone, or it can be a place where your guests can take your love of the shore with you.
1. Cargo Netted Candle Holders on Sandy Driftwood
Looking for a way to bring tea lights or candles into your living space with a hint of the beach? These candle holders are just the thing. Made from Mason jars wrapped in a cargo net, the soft green of the glass offers a subtle hint of the ocean depths. The natural twine brings back memories of seagrass swaying in the breeze.
2. Some Palm-Inspired Beach and Coastal Decorating Ideas
Palm fronds, set in simple white vases, make both an architectural and natural statement. The splayed leaves of the palm fronds offer a strong green color and sharp, architectural lines that presents beautifully against any background surface. The simple white vases offer a soft profile that highlights the natural beauty of the fronds with distracting from them.
3. Coral Creations and Shells of the Sea
The creatures of the ocean and beach offer us their treasures in the form of corals and seashells. These natural jewels come in all sizes, making them versatile for wall art, tablescapes, and shelf displays. When putting together a beach theme, grouping these beauties together will reinforce the look and offer a natural focal point in the space.
4. A Starfish Wreath Blooming in the Sun
Greet your guests with a door wreath that embraces the look and feel of the beach. A starfish, with its rough surface, is the star of the show. The soft green and white of the surrounding blossoms bring the colors of the ocean and sand to the display. Add a monogram to the other side for a personal touch.
6. Coastal Decorating Ideas with Turquoise Accents
The turquoise of the ocean is a perfect color to introduce into any room, especially one that already has a neutral palette. Soft greys, whites, and tans are the perfect backdrop for the turquoise accents in this room. Pillows, lamps, stools, and artwork offer a subtle hint of color that blends well into this soft palette.
7. A Nautical Headboard with Vintage Oars
Headboards don’t have to be boring in a beach theme bedroom. Standing vintage oars on end, at varying heights, brings their soft, weathered wood surface into focus. Line them up along the head of the bed and you have a natural place to rest. Put it against a soft blue-grey wall to pull out the weathered look.
8. Sandy Colored Curtains with Starfish Tassels
Collecting starfish one of the quintessential hallmarks of a walk along the beach. Add a natural twine loop around one of the arms of a large starfish and attach it to a curtain tieback made from the same material. Add a dangling shell as a tassel, then pair it with sandy colored curtains for a perfect beach look.
9. A Beach Mural on the Docks
Rough boards, painted in varying shades of blue, turquoise and sand, give the impression of an old seaside dock. The light blue of the sky stands above the varying colors of the ocean. A sandy base completes the color scheme of this display. Add some rough lettering in a beachy font for the perfect seaside mural.
10. Soft Sandy Beach Centerpiece with Lighthouse Inspirations
An old lighthouse shaped lantern is the perfect container for a seaside landscape. The weathered wood and glass of the lantern frame the sand, shells, and starfish that call the inside home. A large candle provides soft illumination for the area around the lantern, as well as a highlight for the natural beauty inside.
11. Driftwood Coffee Table for a Beach House
Driftwood has a natural weathered look caused by continuous exposure to water, salt, and sun. Its soft color makes it a flawless background for the flickering flames of tea lights. Drill some shallow holes in the upside of the driftwood to hold the candles. Place it on a weathered bench, painted in a soft turquoise color, for a perfect coffee table.
12. Sand, Seashells, and Soft Beach-Themed Undertones
Beach landscapes are an amalgamation of many things, like sand, water, seagrass, seashells, and birds. They have a soft palette of colors with shades of turquoise, sand, and grey blending flawlessly together. This room brings all those elements into perfect harmony for a beach look that remains true to the theme, without being over the top.
13. Tropical Vegetation in a Beautiful Seashore-Themed Vase
Take a walk along a natural seashore and you will see all the elements featured in this spectacular display. Soft sand acts as a base for a myriad of seashells, piled to highlight their subtle tans, greys, and pinks. Tall grass sprouts up from the seashell mound, bringing height and contrast that spill over the top of this cylindrical clear vase.
14. Mantle Decorations of Sea Glass and Starfish
A row of soft blue colored Mason jars stands proudly along this seaside mantle. Small votive candles flank the jars, offering a soft flickering light. Standing tall, weathered wooden planks bring a hint of a seaside dock to this fireplace. A necklace of twine and seashells grace the face of the dock, while driftwood branches rise from below.
15. Rustic Dresser Designed for a Beach Enthusiast
Bring the beach into your bedroom with this small dresser. Painted in a soft, weathered turquoise, this dresser is the perfect background for seashells and starfish motifs on the drawer fronts. Boat rope replaces the traditional handles to give this furniture piece both function and style. Add a few beach-themed accessories to the top for a finished look.
16. Picture Perfect with Shells and Pearls Galore
Pictures of a beach vacation bring back great memories for the entire family. Frame your favorite pictures with wood frame painted a soft turquoise in a cracked finish. Add some small shells, pearls, and a starfish to highlight the edge of the picture. It works perfectly on a tabletop display with seaside accessories.
17. A Rustic Wicker Table with Coastal-Themed Accents
The natural weave of a seagrass tray offers a natural place for a tabletop display or a place to set a drink or two. The soft color of the tray subtly contrasts with the glass and flowers on display, while boldly standing out from the darker background. It is a great way to bring a coastal feel to any room in your home.
18. Shades of the Tide Meeting the Beach
Transform an old high boy dresser into a focal point for your beach themed bedroom or living space. Subtle coloring starts at the top with a wash of white, moving through lighter shades of turquoise before arriving at a beautiful deep shade at the bottom. Weathered edges and old glass knobs complete this seaside look.
19. A Nautical Knot Lamp at the Shore
Boats have been leaving harbors for thousands of years. One thing most of those boats have in common is rope and the knots used to tie them. A large boat knot, wrapped around a solid core, makes the perfect base for this small table lamp. A natural linen shade and some simple beachside accessories highlight this feat of nautical engineering.
20. Beach and Coastal Decorating Ideas for the Bedroom
You can just feel the sea breeze wafting through the soft white curtains in this seaside bedroom. The headboard, with its worn color and subtle texture, looks like it has been out in the sun and sand for decades. The cool palette of blues and greens gently stand out from the weathered white on the walls. Distressed wood, wire baskets, and natural textures complete this oceanfront theme.
21. A Dining Space for a Coastal Cottage
Modern coastal decorating blends a subtle sophistication with the traditional rustic elements of seaside living. Comfortable, yet modern, chairs nestle snugly against a well-used table with tattered edges. Sailboats on a deep blue ocean bring the ocean living up onto the walls. Lantern-like lighting reinforces this coastal sophistication.
22. Burlap Rope Candle Holders with Starfish Details
Transform simple glass candleholders into something you would be comfortable seeing in a seaside cottage. The candle nestles inside a simple cylindrical glass candleholder. Wrap the base with medium width natural rope. The wider the width, the more primitive the candle will look. Add a seashell or starfish for a beachy finishing touch.
23. Welcoming Beach Motif for Your Living Space
Soft whites and khakis give this living area a naturally neutral background. Turquoise or robin’s egg blue pillows bring a bit of sophisticated color to the sofa. A large clam shell, filled with seashells and starfish, sits beside a shell filled vase which sprouts a graceful orchid. Framed shells and starfish bring the beach theme vertical in this sophisticated space.
24. Sand and Ocean Colors Dining Together
Color is what brings this room together. A medium, yet soft, blue-grey graces the wall, on which hangs a big weathered clock face. Old style chairs surrounding a wooden table with white legs and a wooden top. Jars of differing sizes sit nestled in a divided wooden tray painted a similar color to the wall. A natural texture throw on the side bench completes this seaside theme.
25. Tropical Breakfast Nook Under the Palms
Coastal themes don’t have to feature sand and seashells unless you want them to. This beautiful white kitchen shows the possibilities. Clear hanging pendants harken back to the old lanterns lit by the lighthouse keepers. Broad stripes of soft blue and grey bring the ocean sky into view. Bold palm fronds in a clear vase and beach theme wall art complete this subtle coastal look.
26. Abundant Sea Life Décor with Home Comforts
Weathered wood and sea creatures create a warm seaside cottage look. Octopuses and seahorses ride around on fluffy pillows while a wooden fish graces the top of the coffee table. A driftwood trough is a home to a myriad of starfishes. Natural fiber wraps a clear lamp base while textured pillows and a large area rug complete this comfortable living space.
27. A Bookcase Crawling with Coral and Shells
Bookcases are the perfect place to display favorite treasures from your beachside holidays. Driftwood and coral sit atop books of all sizes and shapes. Jars of sand, starfish, seashells, and sponges peak out in every direction. The subtle whites, soft tans, and weathered greys make a quietly sophisticated vinette to store treasured memories.
28. Driftwood Timepiece with Seashell Minute Markers
Driftwood comes in an infinite number of shapes and sizes, making it a perfect material for many home accessories. A nice flat piece makes the perfect base for this beachy clock. The creator drilled a hole in the middle and installed a clock mechanism on the back. Pointed seashells mark the hours around the edge of this timepiece. But, do you really want a clock at the beach?
29. Entrance Way Beach and Coastal Decorating Ideas
Your entryway is the place where your guests see your home for the first time. Decorating this area in a coastal vibe offers your guests a welcoming space that is tranquil and inviting. A natural fiber chair offers a comfortable seating space next to the weathered base of the marble table. Subtle sea glass accents with a clamshell inspired dish offer the superb finishing touches.
30. Beached-Themed Mosaic Full of Shells and Starfish
Take your beach inspiration and put it up on your walls. Sand dollars and seashells sit next to starfish and coral branches in this beach themed mosaic. Nine boxes encase nine different types of treasure found along the seashore. Placed in a modern grid configuration, this display offers a sophisticated touch for any coastal themed room.
31. Beach Relaxation Plentiful with Sea Life and Coral
Seaside coastal towns seem to have a well-worn weathered look on every surface. This room embraces that weathered feeling with large pieces of wall art that look like they have been outside forever. Worn, whiteboards give the impression of the walls of a seaside shack. Cool blues and greens bring a wash of color against a sandy couch.
32. Round Mirror Designed with Pieces of Driftwood
The sun and surf transform pieces of timber into the soft, rugged pieces of driftwood commonly found on the beach. Tiny pieces of driftwood radiate out from this round mirror, giving the viewer the effect of a sunburst. Varying lengths of wood offer a rugged, yet subtle, appearance. It brings a reflective sun to any fireplace mantle.
33. Picturesque Beach Motif for a Coastal Home
Looking for something beyond seashells and starfish for your coastal space? This vignette offers a number of ideas that harken to the coast. Long-legged birds stand proudly in front of large sea glass jugs. A life buoy picture frame offers an opportunity to highlight a vacation spot. Cargo netting provides texture to this coastal theme.
34. A Seashore-Inspired Wall for a Beach House
Antique wood, splashed with subtle color, offers a beach washed focal point for this space. Standing against whitewashed boards, this clock gives the impression it has been around for many years. Starfish grace the wall around it along with maps of all sorts. A large fish seems to swim through beach themed accessories in every direction.