Have you ever noticed that when the topic of the beach or the ocean comes up, most people agree that they love the sand and the sun? Why else would the beach be one of the most popular vacation destinations? In fact, most people probably have a collection of treasures that they have brought home from the beach. Shells, driftwood, pretty stones and rocks, sea glass and sand dollars are just some of the keepsakes that we cherish from our beach vacations. Depending on which beaches you visit and how determined a beachcomber you are, you may have some very beautiful and rare items from the deep! What you do with all these lovely mementos is the key here.
You can transform a room in a short amount of time by giving it a peaceful beach theme and may not have to make even one trip to your favorite home décor shop to do it. Whether it is a family room, guest bed room or perhaps even a bath room, you can “beach it up” with a few simple touches.
First, create a blank canvas by removing any clutter. Take out anything sitting around on tables, dressers or counters that do not fit the beach or ocean theme. Even if they may fit in, remove them for now and work them back in as you decorate each empty space. If you are thinking that your wall color or flooring does not look like sand and water, don’t worry! Beaches are a blend of colors and neutrals.
As long as you don’t have any wall color too dark or loud (like bright pink for example) and your carpet or flooring is fairly neutral, you can pull this off! Gather things that remind you of the beach. There are no strict rules here – you may add beach chairs that are stored in your garage, photos from vacations or even a big clam pot! You should also try to round up some empty glass jars and vases to help display your shells, rocks. How you spread the décor items throughout the room will depend on how much you have to work with.
If you only have a few things that are obviously from the beach, you can spread them around the room and complement them with more common items that will still fit in such as baskets, plants, wooden boxes, candles and candlesticks. Think of soft colored throw pillows or a couch blanket that might add a nice beach shade. You may end up borrowing a bit from some other spots in the house! Continue until you feel like you have achieved the results you wanted.
After you take a step back and look at the results, you may be amazed at what you could accomplish with some simple stuff you brought back from the beach and had lying somewhere without much use!