Transform your home into a traditional-style beach retreat with our easy and inspiring ideas.
Writer: Rachel Bertone
1 of 18Photo: Annie Schlechter
Incorporate organic details to achieve classic coastal style. This living room features accents such as a bamboo ceiling, jute grass cloth wallcovering, and a softer take on the traditional blue-and-white color palette.
2 of 18Photographer: Lisa Romerein
California-based designer Tim Clarke loves to mix several styles in a room for an interesting look. Here, a delicate chandelier blends with coastal wicker chairs and a rustic farm table.
3 of 18Photographer: David Hillegas
Use varied splashes of this bright neutral for a beachy look that's not overdone.
4 of 18Photographer: Lisa Romerein
Mix patterns in neutral colors for a traditional look that’s still sophisticated. Elegant accessories, such as these regal mirrors and delicate chandeliers give off a graceful tone.
5 of 18Photographer: John Bessler
Nothing says traditional beach style like wicker furniture, a blue-and-white color scheme, and nautical touches. Crisp hues contrast with dark wood in this living room, and playful patterns such as large checks and tiny dots add interest.
6 of 18Photographer: Annie Schlechter
The weathered dining room credenza and wooden dining table add warmth to this beautiful blue space. The graphic print fabric on the chair backs incorporates a touch of modern to this traditional space.
7 of 18Photographer: J. Savage Gibson
Blue and white mixed with fun accents, such as the zebra-print headboard fabric, creates a soothing yet lighthearted atmosphere for a guest room.
8 of 18Photographer: William Waldron
New York-based designer Todd Romano gives this traditional neutral living space a jolt of color with a lemon-green glaze lining the shelves. The hue is a perfect foil for the classic collection of blue-and-white china.
9 of 18Photographer: Annie Schlechter
Homeowners added sea blue fabrics for the curtains and coverlet and dressed the stool and accent pillows in a bold stripe to add some color to the neutrals in this bedroom. An antique headboard and one-of-a-kind steamer trunk complete the space.
10 of 18Photographer: Jonny Valiant
If your home already has traditional architecture, mix in subtle modern touches to keep your look up-to-date. These granite kitchen countertops with shells and sea life embedded in the stone add to the coastal appeal. The terra-cotta tiles were aged with dark wax.
11 of 18Photographer: Jonny Valiant
Light & Lovely
In this bedroom, neutral walls and linens contrast the room’s dark wood ceiling. The soft cream bedding and organic natural window sheers keep the room light and warm.
12 of 18Photographer: Annie Schelechter
What's more nautical than plaid patterns and ship accents? This living room captures a traditional seafaring vibe with ocean-inspired accessories and a blue, white, and red color palette.
13 of 18Photographer: Roger Davies
Using calming jewel tones in a bedroom, like blue-greens and turquoise combined with neutrals, is a fun update on a traditional look.
14 of 18Photographer: Jonny Valiant
With a stunning coastal view outside, like the Nantucket Sound, the homeowners decided to let as much natural light into the bath as possible with a simple picture window and minimal accents.
15 of 18Photographer: Jonny Valiant
A large, warm, family-style kitchen is perfect for a classic beach cottage. Use sunny accents and calming paint colors to create an inviting space.
16 of 18Photo: Marc Royce
Large windows allow beach light to twinkle on custom bedding and an elaborate headboard. Keep the rest of the room open and fresh.
17 of 18Photo: Marc Royce
Create a light, livable version of traditionally dark and ornate Mediterranean rooms by sharing space with both chandeliers, Cuban tiles, and stainless steel appliances.
18 of 18Photo: Marc Royce
Create a smooth transition from room to room by keeping a color consistent, like these blue seat cushions. Window seat built-ins help display more personal belongings.