Following on from my last post about Beautiful Beach Style Decor, let's take a look at the materials, textures and home decor accents that help create a happy and summery beach style in your home all year round. I don't think I've ever met anyone who doesn't like this look... it's just so comfortable but crisp and clean. It's truly an all-American design style to appeal to everyone.
In my previous blog post about beach style decor I mentioned how rattan and wicker furniture immediately conjures up a laid-back beach mood! Rope details do the same thing - I can almost smell the salt air in this entryway, can't you? Just a simple rope bannister provides the perfect detail, contrasting with the white wainscoting, wood plank floor, and a few fishing rods thrown casually into a tall vase.
The rope step ladder on these bunk beds is sure to delight the kids when bedtime rolls around! The ship bells hung over each bed adds another lure to the youngsters... you won't be able to keep them from rushing to brush their teeth and climb into bed. I just hope for the adults' sake that the bells don't have real clappers inside them. But then again, where's the fun in that? All aboard, mateys!
In general the rough textures of rope, wicker and rattan make a great contrast to crisp white cotton textiles and the sharp lines of navy and white striped upholstery.
You don't have to festoon the house with rope. A small detail like this unusual Currey & Company wall sconce sets the tone. The iron and rope sconce light is understated but the simple circle of rope and the iron fixture makes us think of ships, lighthouses, and life by the sea.
A day of beachcombing is bound to turn up some driftwood, Bleached driftwood furniture and decorative details add to the weathered look that that makes beach style so comfortable and distinctive.
For example, this driftwood stool is made from genuinely worn reclaimed old wood. The iron rings accent the beachy feel and make the stool easy to carry around for wherever you need it. At 24 inches high, the nicely shaped stool can also be used as a convenient side table for drinks when friends come to visit after a day of fun in the sun and sand.
Finally, choose some decorative finishing touches that evoke the beach and ocean life. Maybe add a jar of shells or a coconut scented candle or get creative with your old surf board.
This clever homeowner in Orlando, FL, turned a surf board into a bar for the final touch to their beach style house. Notice the driftwood toned floor and all the beautiful turquoise and white to give that lazy summer day feel.
If a surf board bar is a step too far, then some throw pillows with vistas of sea life will do the trick.
This handmade needlepoint pillow is one of a selection of ocean life pillows we stock. It's made with pure wool with a velvet back and the color and detail of the handmade needlepoint pillow is gorgeous. The coral reef and the angel fish look lifelike enough that I feel I should be wearing a scuba mask!
Have you decorated your home with beach style? Or maybe you actually have a beach home and you've had fun decorating it? Tell us about it in the comments!
Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.