A beach house living room is the perfect place to go light, bright, and big on color! Here's how to give your living room a beachy boost, no matter where you live. 

By Betsy Cribb
April 12, 2017
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Our first-ever Coastal Living condo on Florida's beautiful Gulf coast is filled with clever (and chic!) decorating ideas. Here, we've got five tips and tricks for a top-notch beachy living room makeover, plus all the product picks you'll need to bring this bright, colorful beach house look into your own home.

1. Two rugs are better than one.

Take the floor! Start with a neutral base, like a natural fiber area rug, and top it with a colorful cotton accent rug. Here, a jute rug grounds the room in warmth and adds texture, while a cotton rug in lime cabana stripes delivers a splash of color and plenty of beachy, barefoot vibes. Pro tip: The top rug should be at least a foot smaller than the base rug on all sides. Swap out the top rug for another when you’re ready for a room refresh.

Shop the Look (from left to right): Serena & Lily Playa Stripe Dhurrie, from $498; Kilner Stripe Recycled Yarn Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Yellow, $130; Target Liora Manne Playa Stripe Warm Rug, from $54

2. Whites, meet brights.

The slipcovered sofa channels the powdery sand of the beach just blocks away, plus it offers a crisp, clean backdrop for pretty throw pillows in a riot of juicy hues. The sherbet pillows pack a tropical punch, while a graphic black-and-white patterned pillow keeps the razzle-dazzle array of colors from overwhelming the room.

Shop the Look (from left to right): Pier 1 Imports Coral Reef 18" Embroidered Square Pillow, $30; Lattice Pillow Cover in Citrine, $79; H&M Cotton Canvas Cushion Cover in Turquoise, $4

3. Rattan is a beach house dynamo.

When it comes to beach houses, you can’t go wrong with furniture made from bamboo or rattan. The woven pieces deliver sunny tropical vibes and feel as organic as they do timeless, so you can put the natural beauties everywhere from the living room to the porch. We love the smooth curves of this hand-shaped stunner from Serena & Lily.

Shop the Look (from left to right): Anthropologie Pari Rattan Chair, $98; Urban Outfitters Rylan Rattan Stool, $119; Serena & Lily Anguilla Rattan Coffee Table, $798

4. A twirled-up table adds instant character.

Give guests something to talk about! A few short stacks of beachy books look pretty on the coffee table, plus they’re easily accessible for rainy day reading. Ocean-inspired accessories, like coral, shells, seaglass beads, and a cute crab dial up the coastal style factor, while tall greenery adds height and livens things up.

Shop the Look (from left to right): Great Yoga Retreats, $20; Beachside Bohemian$55; Beaches, $24

5. Slipcovers = low maintenance, high style.

For family beach houses and well-loved living rooms, slipcovers are all-stars: Toss them in the washing machine after sandy feet and wet beach pups leave their marks for a sofa that’s as good as new. We love how the airy vibes of this white slipcover sync with the breezy window treatments and beachy grasscloth wallpaper.

Shop the Look (from top to bottom): Bed Bath & Beyond Perfect Fit Classic Relaxed Fit Sofa Slipcover, $70; Crate & Barrel Hathway Sofa Made-to-Order Slipcover, $1,099; Pottery Barn York Square Arm Made-to-Order Furniture Slipcovers, from $415

Now kick back, relax, and enjoy your beach-house-brilliant living room!