Not all of us can say "Let's go to the beach!" and actually GO there when we say it! Those of us in the Midwest may have a beach or two around a really large lake or on the edge of a river, but it's not the same as going to the Gulf of Mexico or to the Pacific or Atlantic oceans. So for those of us who LOVE that "beachy" feel, here are some design ideas for you to bring it into your home where you can get that cozy, relaxing style all year long!
Look Up! - To start a calm, beachy feel, how about painting your ceiling a pale pastel blue, coral or green? Make sure it's just a hint of color and not overpowering. This is a great start to making the space calm and tranquil.
Texture is Key - If you're at the beach, there is a lot of texture: sand, grasses, shells--you get the idea. Adding a chunky woven rug to the floor, or one made of natural jute or seagrass will give a natural feel to the space to anchor in the furniture you choose. Keep the sand and shells in pretty jars on a side table or bookshelf.
Keep it Open - When adding furniture, keep it light and open. Light frames, wicker or simple wood finishes. If you want something fuller and more comfy like a big, easy chair, keep in the beachy color tones--or use one bright piece like a bright beach towel on the serene beach. But don't go overboard on bright colors. Keep the softer pastels as your main color palette. You want a light and bright looking space.
Fun and Casual - The beach isn't somewhere for a suit and tie and high heals. So don't let the space become formal. Use an unexpected shaped chair or something fun in the space. Use accessories in eclectic patterns. How about a light wood dining table with different color pastel plates and mismatched napkins?
Use your imagination and think of things that remind your of the beach. Then sit back and take in the relaxing space all year long.