Beach House Style Guide

Get the coastal look wherever you live with our expert tips on beach house style for every room of your home.

Fresh Ideas for Porches and Decks

From tropical lanais to open-air living rooms, these balmy outdoor spaces all say “coastal” with a capital SEA. Looking to upgrade your personal retreat? Check out these stylish ideas.

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a side sunroom porch with a pale blue ceiling and white walls surround white wicker chairs with navy striped over-stuffed cushions
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Historic Hue

For generations, Southerners have painted their porch ceilings a soft blue shade called “haint blue” because it makes ceilings appear higher and is rumored to deter wasps.

Idea Spotlight
Place an outdoor shower just outside your porch so you can rinse off salt and sand before entering the home. It’s also an easy way to quickly wash surfboards, wet suits, and pets after a day at the shore.

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