21 Ideas To Bring Home The Beach

With the right mix of tranquil colors, organic textures, and playful accents, you can start your coastal restyle today.

beach house kitchen

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

In the Kitchen

Ocean Hues
A light-blue shade on the cabinets and island complements the sea-inspired backsplash and softens stainless steel appliances and dark countertops and floors.

Sun-catching Tiles
Atlanta designer Carter Kay started with the tile, and the color inspired the palette for the entire house. A hint of iridescent shimmer sets off the blue cabinetry and sandy trim and ceiling.

Shop the look: Designer Carter Kay, Carter Kay Interiors. Builder Bill Singleton, Singleton Construction. Cabinet/trim in custom color. Tile, Walker Zanger. Lightfixtures, South of Market. Stools, The Wicker Works. Wolf range, ABT.

Beach House Breakfast Nook

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

In the Breakfast Nook

Nature-inspired Furniture
With a similar texture to dunes grasses, these chairs can’t help but evoke the beach.

Pops of Color
The pair of turquoise tables ties this space to the nearby kitchen.

Shop the look: Walls in Desolate (OC-10), Benjamin Moore. Chairs, The Wicker Works. Hable Construction chair fabric, Jerry Pair. Sofa, Perennials, Grizzell and Mann; 404/261-5932. Custom painted tables, Carter Kay Interiors.

Beach House Den

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

In the Den

Restful Palette
In a room without a view, Carter used darker shades of coastal coors to bring in a serene beach mood.

Glass Accessories
Bottles and balls in shades of blue and green look like they just washed up on the shore.

Graphic Botanicals
Modern lines and large-scale pattern make these armchairs the showpieces of the room.

Shop the look: Walls in Huntington Beige (HC-21), Benjamin Moore. Lee Industries chairs, sofa, and ottoman, Smith Grubbs & Associates. Brentano chair fabric, Donghia. Larsen sofa fabric and Jane Shelton ottoman fabric, Travis & Company. Two Abroad antique baker's rack, Carter Kay Interiors. Antique ship's prow decoration, A. Tyner Antiques.

Beach House Porch

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

On the Porch

Inspiring Words
“We took a bunch of letters, and just by chance our client arranged them to spell ‘nice tan,’” Carter says. “We loved it, and it stayed!”

Shop the look: Furniture, The Wicker Works. Hanging letters, South of Market.


Beach House Dining Room

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

In the Dining Room

Slipcovered Seating
Linen covers on the host and hostess chairs add an earthy, organic tone to the beachy palette

Game Table
The dining table was once a Ping-Pong table, now a playful note in the buttoned-up space. If you look hard enough, you can still see the green paint from its previous life.

Soft Sheers
Large open windows draped in gauzy linen add a delicate touch to the room and let in sea breezes and fantastic light.

Shop the look: Walls in Desolate (OC-10), Benjamin Moore. Table, South of Market. Lee Industries slipcovered chairs, Smith Grubbs & Associates. Larsen chair fabric, Travis & Company. Chinese chairs, Scott Antique Market.

Beach House Master Bedroom

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

In the Master Bedroom

Soothing Neutrals 
Various tones of light, sandy colors, from the headboard to the drapes, keep the mood calm.

Modern Twists
Beach houses don’t have to be kitschy or fussy! Carter used a contemporary print to reference the surroundings without being clichéd.

Organic Linens
Super-soft linen duvet covers like this one feel as inviting as they look.

Shop the look: Walls in Desolate (OC-10), Benjamin Moore. Linens, Susan Shepherd Interiors; 904/241-5900. Roger Arlington drapery, wall, and bed skirt fabric, Galbraith & Paul bench fabric, and Hanson wall lamps, Jerry Pair. Blinds, Barter & Galambos; 404/364-9011. Baskets, Scott Antique Market. Acrylic table and chairs, Travis & Company. Iron bench, Neirmann Weeks. Custom rug, Eve Oxford, Inc.; 404/233-8958.

Beach House Master Bedroom Porch

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

On the Master Bedroom Porch

Outdoor Comforts
Hanging beds on the porch off the master bedroom make a great place for afternoon naps.

Shop the look: Custom hanging beds, Singleton Construction.


Beach House Bunk Room

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

In the Bunk Room

Textured Draperies
A thick fabric in the same shade as the trim and ceiling draws the eye toward the stunning view.

Beachy Brightness
In a room with lots of fun pattern, a pop of solid color anchors the space.

Playful Upholstery
One small-scale print, like these dancing ladies in sea blues, keeps the mood light and the look cohesive.

Common Thread
The rug picks up on other blues so that the patterns can coordinate, not clash.

Shop the look: Walls in Desolate (OC-10), Benjamin Moore. Colette chair, ottoman, and pillow fabric in Ecru and Granita bed curtain fabric in Caribbean Blue, Donghia. Custom rug, Eve Oxford, Inc.; 404/233-8958.

Beach House Guest Room

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

In the Guest Room

Unconventional Art
A weathered, metal turtle sculpture adds texture, references the beach, and brings in a whimsical flair to this bedroom.

Outdoor Furniture
Wicker isn’t just for porches! Bring them inside for a casual look.

Shop the look: Walls in Silver Cloud (2129-70) (3/4 formula), Benjamin Moore. Custom rug, Eve Oxford, Inc.; 404/233-8958. Victoria Hagan Home curtains, Ainsworth Noah; 404/231-8787. Turtle, Scott Antique Market. Furniture, Maine Cottage; 207/846-1430.

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