Beyond the rising temperatures, longer hours of sunlight and sounds of kids splashing in neighborhood pools, you can smell it in the air - summer is officially here! If you're like me, the sudden shift in seasons means that it's about time to pack up the kids, grab some sunscreen and embark on the annual family trip to the beach house. There's nothing more relaxing than waking up to the sounds of the ocean outside your window in the morning - it's even better than a weekend spa gift.
However, after many years of heading to our summer home, I've started to notice that our seaside shanty could use a few decorative touch ups. With a unique housewarming gift or two, I redecorated our beach house so my family and I can kick back in style while enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of beach living. If you're in need of some inspired designs in your own vacation home, consider these fun and festive decor ideas.
When it comes to creating a bright summer theme in your beach house, you can't go wrong with blending colorful floral appeal throughout the interior. HouseBeautiful.com gave me the idea to use a mixture of real flowers, artwork and fabric patterns to lend an eclectic interest to the space. For instance, you might want to consider covering that old, vintage sofa with a white cover sheet that features pink, green and yellow flowers. You can then complement this color scheme with a patterned area rug, floral or landscape paintings and small vases of cut flowers for a truly seasonal living room. For a splash of greenery, I personally can't resist keeping a few ferns or coastal trees around the home, which also produce a refreshing fragrance that mixes with the salty air.
Natural Beach Decor
Considering that your beach house is within reach of the ocean, you can reinforce this aspect in your interior design by selecting natural elements found around your home. Of course, collecting seashells or smooth stones makes for great decorative accents that you can display in a variety of ways, such as in antique silver serving dishes, suggests CountryLiving.com. I've also started replacing some of my older, worn out furniture with new pieces that reflect the natural resources of the beach, such as porch benches made from driftwood, reed floor mats and lounge chairs woven from durable seagrass.
One of the things I love most about authentic seafood restaurants found along the shore is the prevalence of nautical decor, which makes you feel like you're dining in a ship captain's galley. Not only is this a perfect interior design direction to take a beach house, but it also perfectly complements any natural beach decor you've collected. SouthernLiving.com recommends placing coastal artwork of docks, ships and the open ocean aroud the space. You can also hunt for accents such as buoys, oars, lobster traps, fishing net, rope, a ship's helm, sailing flags and maps to transform your home into the interior of a seabound vessel. My kids can't resist these aspects in our beach house, and I often catch them pretending to be sailor or pirates battling the high seas while playing indoors.