Beachy Chic

A room showing proper use of blue and white decor items and furniture to bring out the blue beachy appearance while maintaining a neat and nice look to it.

Martin Ray Plan Veranda Gardens, Port Saint Lucie, Fla., by DiVosta Homes.

You don’t have to be on vacation to enjoy this interior design style and you don’t even have to live near the beach! To accomplish the Beachy Chic style, though, you might need to take a few trips to a coastal flea market or garage sale, as anything you could find washed up on the beach are must-haves — think seashells and coral, rope or wicker accents, artful driftwood pieces, fishing gear, jars filled with glass, pebbles or sand, etc. When choosing a color scheme, it’s best to stick with cool colors to capture the airy, relaxing ambiance of the beach. Sandy-colored neutrals and off-whites also work well. Combined, blue and white stripes capture the idea perfectly. Finding the right fabrics might get a little bit tricky, but you’ll find a variety of textures work well with this design: jute or sisal rugs, sturdy canvas and soft linens. With the furniture, distressed finishes, aged metals and weathered wood work well. An added benefit of this style is that most items are already distressed, so it won’t be too likely for your kids and pets to mess them up. Just remember, casual is key when it comes to Beachy Chic style. 

Distinguishing Elements:
• Cool colors paired with neutrals (blues, greens, sandy off-whites, greys, browns)
• Coastal, beachy décor (i.e. driftwood pieces, rope, seashells, fishing gear and jars)
• Canvas, jute, wicker, sandy, natural textures and fabrics
• Nautical-themed artwork

Drew Knight is a freelance writer for Builders Digital Experience (BDX). You can find him online at LinkedIn.

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