Beach in the Suburbs: How to Create a Beach Theme for Your Home

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It’s difficult to showcase your love of the beach when you live in the middle of the suburbs. However, it’s not impossible. There are many ways to bring a beach theme into your home without spending a ton of money. Just use a little creativity and follow the tips below.

Pick a Color Palette

There are a few different color palettes that work well with a beach design. You might stick to a mostly neutral palette, working with blends of gray, taupe, white, and cream. Or perhaps you prefer a nautical theme with accents of navy and red. You may even prefer a brighter color scheme that incorporates turquoise, orange, yellow, and other bold colors. Whichever scheme you prefer, it’s time to pick a color palette to use for your home.

Incorporate Natural Elements

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A beach theme should have lots of natural elements to bring the feel of the sand and the ocean inside your home. Driftwood pieces make excellent accent pieces, and seashells or sand can be used in votive holders for a unique look. If you don’t have access to a beach anytime soon, you can usually order these kinds of items online for delivery to your home.

Use Lighting to Your Advantage

The beach is bright and airy, thanks to all the sunshine and the cool ocean breezes. To bring this feeling indoors, try letting in lots of light. Use retractable shades so you can let the sunshine in, and forego heavy curtains, which will only block out light. Try adding jute or bamboo shades and a pair of breezy, sheer curtains instead. For added light, place lots of lamps throughout the room (a promo code for Macy’s can help offset the cost). When it comes to a beach theme, you can never have too much light in the room.

Add Nautical Accents

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Nautical accents are instantly reminiscent of the beach. Try adding décor with rope accents or anchor details to capture the nautical look. You might even find an old boat steering wheel (or a replica) to use as a focal point in the room.

Use Souvenirs or Memorabilia as Décor

The beach theme is especially fun because it’s a great way to make use of all those souvenirs you’ve collected from past beach trips. Use the seashells your children gathered to create a beautiful centerpiece for your table. Bleached sand dollars look lovely as a garland or simply scattered around the room on tables. Have your little ones draw pictures of their beach memories and frame the finished pieces for a unique touch. It’s lovely to be surrounded by the things you love and reminded of good times you had together as a family.

A nautical theme for your home may not take as much money and effort as you expect, and the final result is well worth what you put in.

Author: Anica Oaks, freelance writer and web enthusiast