Photo Gallery: Seaside-Inspired Interiors
Any combination of blue, white and red will add a graphic, nautical hit to a room. Plus, cotton rugs are affordable and easy to wash — perfect for a cottage or country home.
Red quilts, white walls and a navy rug look sharp together. Rope ties on the pillows, a tripod lamp and caned headboards add to the nautical style.
Bold teal paint livens up this cottage-style children’s bathroom. The bold colour covers a vintage clawfoot tub, old-fashioned sink and the upper walls, contrasting with crisp white panelling.
Group artifacts of similar colours and varying sizes together on a beadboard-backed bookshelf for a beachy, casual look. Here, delicate glass buoys, a timeworn vintage fan, milk-white bud vases and moody seascapes tell a story of the homeowner.
Leave wood ceiling beams exposed or install a pine ceiling for a seaside look. This screened-in porch is made even more cosy and comfortable with wicker furniture, lanterns and nautical accessories.
Stripes in ocean blue and white, whether on a rug or a piece of furniture, infuse a room with a clean and preppy aesthetic. This rustic yet pretty summer cottage has reclaimed wood timbers that add to the casual feel of the room. Seaside and nature-inspired accessories complement the earthy theme.
A wood ceiling, tall ferns and a trendy Breton striped floor rug add to the seaside vibe of this living room. The wall-to-wall windows allow for expansive views to the lake.
For a raw, casual look, leave wood pieces au naturel. A stump stool, side table, bamboo bench and found wood objects are beautiful left untouched, and complement a nature-inspired theme.
Add a beachy look easily by painting the inside of a shelving unit or switching up chair cushions. A soft turquoise paint isn’t overly dramatic, but looks great with bright white vases and stored tableware. Modern nautical chairs are instantly updated with bold blue cushions that can be easily swapped from season to season.
Hits of red, navy, white and brass evoke a Ralph Lauren-look that is classic and timeless. Sailing-ship pillows are an easy way to add a nautical element without overdoing it.
To create a vignette like this, cut and coil lengths of rope in glass vessels to showcase their natural tones and coarse textures. An oversized fishbowl pairs nicely with a length of chunky sisal, while a narrower hurricane shows off loops of twine.
An affordable way to update a room for summer? Pick up a large rug made from sisal or seagrass. The rough fibres, tight weave and neutral tones are kid-friendly and suit nearly any style of room. Ikea has several styles and sizes, for instance.
Older homes often already have beadboard, but to fake this rustic cottage style, install it yourself and paint the wooden slats white. In this colourful children’s bedroom, regatta flags, buoys and patriotic rugs break up the white walls and complete the seaside look.
Wood shutters are a staple for casual, seaside style. When open, they invite plenty of sunshine; closed, they keep interiors cool. Shiny terracotta floor tiles add Mediterranean warmth, while a raw-wood pedestal table and X-back chairs slipcovered in linen add to the cottage theme.
This lightweight railing follows the form and patina of a sailboat mast. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a skylight also add to the bright, airy feeling of the entryway.
Watery hues, a seagrass rug and red coral give this traditional dining room a calm, seaside cottage vibe. Invest in chairs and sofas with slipcovers — they’re usually machine washable, and you can always have other sets sewn in different textures and patterns to transform the look of a room.
Crisp white walls are the perfect starting point for seaside style. In this Carolinas-inspired home, reclaimed ceiling beams were painted black to break up the white beadboard ceiling. A painting of an old boat lift, a vintage helm and rope accessories complete the look.
Textured mats stapled to the walls are an affordable substitute for grasscloth wallpaper, and mosquito netting over the beds is both practical and charming. These fun decor tricks are also budget savvy: the mosquito nets were $10 each at Ikea, and the rattan mats were $10 each in Chinatown.
If you don’t have a beachfront view, create one with contemporary art or photography depicting sun, sand and surf. Purple is calming paint option for bedrooms, especially when paired with crisp white linens.