6 Chic Ways to Decorate with Surfboards (Plus 3 Display-Worthy Boards!)
Turn a Corner
Casually displaying a surfboard in a living room creates a focal point that directs eyes where you want them to go — to an amazing view, for instance. In this case, the surfboard adds to the indoor-outdoor feel created from walls of retracting windows. There's no need to try a precarious mount job either; simply leaning the board against a corner looks relaxed and natural — and makes it easy to grab the board on a moment’s notice when the perfect wave swells.
Shop it: Roxy Palm Tree Surfboard, Price Available Upon Request
This colorful, palm tree-printed longboard makes a fun art piece propped in the corner of any room, and it’s a beginner-friendly choice for newbie wave riders.
Give an oft-neglected area some character! Ceilings offer extra space to show off a room’s personality without taking up valuable square footage elsewhere. Hanging multiple cleverly placed surfboards can also add depth to the area.
Dress Up Walls
Instead of artwork, a wall-mounted surfboard is a fun and unexpected way to liven up bare white walls. This brightly hued board is the perfect complement to the kitchen's cheery colors, and the perfect size and shape to emphasize the home's tall ceilings.
Shop it: Decorative Wooden Surfboard Wall Art, $435
Real surfboards can typically run upwards of thousands of dollars. If you’re not one to hit the swells, boards designed purely for decoration will often come cheaper. This 6-foot striped find is made from cypress wood with a coat of epoxy, so it’ll hold up both indoors and out.
Take it Outside
Of course, these ultimate beach toys aren't reserved for indoor appeal. Try spiffing up your outdoor living space by incorporating a bright board into your decor. Doing so not only adds a pretty pop of color to your landscape, but also serves as a welcome contrast to short, stout planters and shrubs.
The limited amount of wall space above a window can be an awkward one to fill, but a minimalist surfboard, like the one shown here, can be the perfect fit. Wooden surfboards add a vintage vibe and are easy to pair with virtually anything. We love how this little office nook carries the light wood hue from the shelves to the director's chair. (Bonus points for the fun, matching surfboard clock atop the desk!)
Shop it: Mulholland Long Surfboard, $9,950
Here’s a fresh take on a traditional wooden board: Made with a mix of woods from walnut and cherry to Douglas Fir and white oak, this statement maker by Kelly Wearstler pays homage to iconic west coast style.
Spark Sweet Dreams
Decking out your bedroom with a surfboard (or two) will have you dreaming of the perfect wave all night. The wall setup here provides easy access for those avid wave worshippers, and serves as a smart and chic storage solution when the board is not in use.