It’s Memorial Day weekend and that means the unofficial start of the summer season is upon us. For me, summer is synonymous with the beach. I’m lucky enough to live within a 10 minute drive to the ocean and I’ve always loved the light and airy beach house aesthetic. To me that means adding subtle and classic details like texture, stripes and touches of blue. Nothing over-the-top or too “theme” like. So here are 10 ways to get the beach house look.
One: Keep it Light. White paint, light flooring and upholstery with some contrasting accessories will give that easy, breezy look.
Two: Add Texture. In the form of grass cloth, linen, rattan, sisal rugs, baskets and block prints.
Three: Just Add Stripes. This is easy to do with pillows, rugs, window coverings and even a touch of wallpaper.
Four: Take it Outside. Give your outside space some sea side character by incorporating weather friendly teak or rattan furniture, galvanized pots, outdoor lanterns or an Adirondak chair.
Five: Sea Inspired Art. It’s easy to find tons of great art these days on Etsy, One Kings Lane and Minted.
Six: Bring the Outside In. Go for a slightly tropical vibe with a fiddle leaf fig or some succulents or get a Hamptons look with classic blue or white hydrangeas.
Seven: Shiplap! This one deserves an exclamation point because it’s one of my favorite ways to add a coastal touch. Consider adding a wall of white painted shiplap in a bath or hall. It has beach house written all over it.
Eight: Give a Nod to the Nautical. Incorporate something brass or sailing inspired or both!
Nine: Come Down with a Case of the Blues. Any shade will do.
Ten: Add an Outdoor Fireplace. Or shower or why not both?
All images above Via Kelly Nutt Design Instagram feed. I’ve featured Kelly’s designs before on my blog. If you’re looking for more Southern California beach style inspiration, she’s one to follow. She always posts the most beautiful photos and you will not be disappointed.
Here are some ideas on how to get the look:
Art / Stripe Pillow / Bowl / Tripod Lamp / Hurricane Lantern / Book Collection / Nautical Bottle Opener / Bronze Round Mirror / Bench / Rattan Chair and Ottoman / Chambray Pillow / Rug
Cheers to summer! Now go clean the BBQ and enjoy your holiday weekend.