Who doesn’t love escaping to the beach? If you live for summer, bring a little of the beach home with you by transforming your home (no matter how far from the coast you live) into a seaside-inspired, laid-back retreat that you can enjoy all year long. Read on for 3 secrets to beach cottage style.
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Secret #1: A beach-inspired color palette. Take a moment and picture your favorite beach. What colors do you see? No matter where your dream beach is located, it likely includes white or beige sand, and miles of blue sea and sky. If you stick with this blue, white, and natural/beige color palette, you are already well on your way to nailing beach cottage style. One trick to creating the kind of beachy mood you want is to pay close attention to the shade of blue you choose: if you want to create a nautical New England vibe, go with deeper navy and royal blues; if the Caribbean is more your cup of tea, aqua and turquoise should be your go-to blues.
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Secret No. 2: Casual materials. Beach cottages are casual, easygoing spaces meant for barefoot living…in other words, not the place for stiff or fussy materials. To perfect the beach cottage look, you have to think imperfect: worn wood, chippy painted pieces, crisp cotton and rumpled linen, matchstick blinds, and easy-care indoor-outdoor rugs are a beach cottage’s best friends.
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Secret No. 3: Reminders of the sea. Beach style decor sometimes gets a bad rap for being too overdone (think, nautical ropes and buoys everywhere) but it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of raiding the marine supply shop, fill your home gradually with meaningful pieces that speak to what you love about the beach. This could include shells and smooth stones picked up on beach walks, a photo from your last vacation in a simple white frame, or vintage art in shades of blue that you found while treasure-hunting at a local flea market.
I think what I love most about beach cottage style is the anything-goes attitude: want to hang a giant mermaid sign on the wall? Go for it! Feel like changing things up? Grab a bunch of photo postcards and tape them to the wall above your bed. As long as it makes you happy, you’re doing it right.
Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Jaipur Rugs Indoor-Outdoor Aquatics in nautical blue and green; Surya Lighthouse rug in teal and beige; Surya Escape rug in powder blue and white; Loloi Rugs Venice Beach in blue.
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