Summer is a state of mind: No matter the time of year, if you're a fan of the ocean, you'll be glad to know that your home can feel like a beach house year-round. Get all the ambiance of a seaside holiday without setting foot outside your favorite space. Whether you're incorporating sandy hues in your color scheme, beach décor in the living room, or a full-on ocean style, take inspiration from interior designers that have mastered the art of making a home feel like summer. These beach-themed rooms will bring all of those relaxing vacation vibes to your personal oasis.
Below, browse beach house living rooms to transport yourself to an island right from your own home.
Love the Sand and Sea Look
The easiest way to bring the beach into your home is to incorporate the colors you see when you're sitting seaside. Think about shades of blue and teal paired with sandy tones: This living room highlights the best of both palettes with warm ivory walls and throw pillows alongside ocean-inspired throw pillows, décor, and a soft blue rug. Décor from the wood beads on the coffee table to beachy items on the bookshelves carries the theme throughout the room in a classic style.
Try a Black Sand Vibe
Since dark rooms can be surprisingly airy, embrace the darkest tone of all by decorating with black. Play up the island vibes with rattan accessories, linen fabrics, and a variety of natural leaves. This Hamptons beach house packs plenty of light into a matte black living area, complete with plush throws, natural wood furniture, and an ivory rug along with string lights for an evening glow.
Go for Coastal Chill
Sometimes creating a special style comes down to a single statement piece. This airy fan-shaped chandelier takes this living room from a black-and-white modern space to a coastal chill sanctuary. Minimal dark accents are placed throughout the room to create depth that makes the design feel dynamic without overwhelming its beachy vibe. Shiplap ceilings bring an added element of seaside style for a rustic finish.
Style a Seaside Escape
With the right elements, you can bring the ocean to even the driest of climates. Incorporate elements like sandy textures, crisp whites, and soothing blues to transport you to a seaside escape in your own living room. A variety of patterns brings depth to this living room to complement its light wood wall art and bright, textured coffee table décor.
Meet Minimal With Maritime
Designing a beachy space doesn't mean it has to scream seaside décor. You can enjoy the elements of minimalist living room design and still channel moments spent on the shore. Incorporate jute fabrics, green leaves, wood textures, and bright white walls for an understated island vibe. This living room ties it all together with an abstract ocean-inspired painting to complete the look.
Embrace Beach Fog Hues
Gray days at the beach can be among the most peaceful. Bring that same earthy, serene vibe into your home year-round with a grey, white, and neutral color palette. A moody photograph brings character to this soft, inviting space, styled with tall indoor plants and crisp white walls for an airy feeling with natural elements.
Mix Old World and Oceana
Not all beach houses have a modern design. This living room fuses antique elements with contemporary accessories in a way that flows beautifully. We especially love the contrast of light pink accents against an array of soothing blue hues, all styled in a fresh white space over a jute area rug.
To add a bolt contrast to rooms with soft pastel colors, opt for a metallic light fixture that brings a reflective texture to the space.
Design a Surf-and-Turf Sanctuary
Who said leather doesn't belong in a beach house? Transform any living room with a few added touches of rattan, natural wood, and a variety of warm hues. This space feels undeniably coastal with its warm leather sofa paired with lush palm leaves, pacific-themed coffee table books, and a wide-woven throw blanket in a sandy tone.
Blend Sea and Sky
There's no better color palette for creating a beach-themed living room than the colors of the sea and sky. Mixing in a variety of wood, rattan, and wicker textures adds plenty of interest to a classic scheme of blue and white. A blend of blue hues creates a soft feeling in this cozy, inviting space.
Get the Sunshine State of Mind
Blue isn't the only shade that conveys a day at the beach. Colors often found in a beach umbrella—like yellow, orange, green, and red—bring the sunshine in, no matter how cold it gets outside. Final touches like lush houseplants, vibrant wall art, and patterned floors tie it all together in this bold living room.
Style With Shiplap
A classic element of beach-themed living rooms is their use of shiplap. Whether you're covering your walls, ceiling, or both, this material is a staple of seaside décor. Minimal touches of light pinks and green leaves bring color to this fresh white space, while rustic wood elements complete the look.
Use Bold Island Patterns
There's a way to embrace beachy motifs, palm prints, and a blue color scheme that doesn't feel cookie-cutter. This island-inspired living room feels playful and on-theme without looking like your grandparents' Florida room. A blue-and-white palette keeps it simple in this space, while plenty of variety in textures and beachy décor make it a perfect example of upgraded ocean style.
Design Your Midcentury Summer
When creating a coastal-inspired space, don't forget to can take inspiration from other design styles to make your vision come to life. This living room would look fabulous in any beach house, but it also boasts a midcentury modern feel thanks to its built-in seating that flows seamlessly with the wood walls.
Embrace Sailor Stripes
Blue and white stripes evoke feelings of life at sea. Bring those maritime vibes into an otherwise-muted room with a spacious area rug, and incorporate similar colors throughout the space. This living room livens up neutrals thanks to the patterns of its rug, bench cushion, and throw pillows.
Bring the Ocean Inside
If you're fortunate enough to actually live on the beach, installing wall-to-wall sliding doors brings the ocean itself right into your living room décor. This space is a prime example of indoor-outdoor living, with doors that open completely from the living room onto its wraparound porch overlooking the sea. When you have the view, don't be afraid to show it off.
The best part of a beach house is always the endless summer vibes, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice those cozy feelings you want in the winter. Contrast natural wood, wicker, and white walls with soft linens, layered knit throws, and firewood for the off-season. Just be sure to keep the color palette minimal with neutral hues to make the space work year-round.
To bring in even more natural sunlight, hang your curtains above your window frames and several inches wider than the edge of the windows for maximal light exposure.
Highlight Ocean Tones
The nice thing about working with a simple color palette is the ability to mix together endless prints. From the geometric-patterned throw pillows to the textured console table bowl and ocean paintings, this beachy room is complete with plenty of variety. Minimal accents of yellow warm up the cool hues, while an upholstered gray sofa keeps it neutral for the décor to stand out.
Stargaze With Pendant Lighting
There's no feeling like enjoying the landscape under a million stars. This living room creates reasons to look upward at any time of the day thanks to its oversized pendant chandelier and double skylights. Gaze at the stars at night, and admire the modern lighting all day without missing an inch of style. Rustic wood beams complete the look in this space, paired with striped throw pillows, palm leaves, and an oversized ivory area rug.
Go Sleek With Teak
There's no better way to turn your living room into a beachy escape than by incorporating actual beach-day essentials. These teak wood accent chairs add seating to the space for entertaining plenty of guests, and they're suited for the indoors or on a patio overlooking the ocean. Plenty of linen materials keep things feeling soft and inviting, from the oversized ottoman to the sofa, throw pillows, and accent chair upholstery.
Incorporate Palm-Printed Décor
Palm prints are a staple of tropical décor, and this living room does it well with minimal patterns to accent its neutral color scheme. A blue area rug brings out the colors of the throw pillow, while a leafy plant brings the outdoors inside. Hanging above the sofa, an aerial-view print of the beach transports us from relaxing in the living area to embracing the sun and sand.
Enjoy a Pastel Oasis
Soft pastels are just what you need to step up a muted living room and let the ocean breeze in. The woven baskets and rattan accent chairs in this space add the finishing touches. As the focal point, this neutral-hued stone fireplace brings out sandy tones to complement light blues throughout the space.
Build Your Blue Lagoon
Walking into a room decorated in floor-to-ceiling blue, it's impossible not to be overcome with a sense of coastline calm. We especially love the pattern play in this space, from the blue-framed rug to the large accent wall painted in ocean hues. Clear blue barstools tie the look together for a sea glass vibe that feels freshly plucked from the sand.
Work With Complementary Colors
Warm wood and deep teal are a color palette matched in heaven, and this living room is a perfect example. Because these two hues are often found together on the beach, they evoke feelings of the sea without the need for beachy décor. Vibrant floor chairs make this space a great getaway for gathering with friends and family around a game board on vacation.
Blend Uptown and Beachtown
Bring casual beach décor to an uptown design while still maintaining a sophisticated elegance. The use of a blue, white, and cream color palette, paired with shiplap walls and nautical stripes on the throw pillows, transforms this space through an understated coastal style. We can't get enough of this floor-to-ceiling fireplace patterned in natural ocean blues.
Transport to the Shore
Designing a space fit for a living room beach house doesn't have to cost a fortune, and minimal décor is all it takes to evoke the seaside vibe. This open living room is especially beachy with its rattan pendant lights and wall-mounted surfboard. Bright white furniture carries the airy theme throughout the room, while clear blue-tinted glass draws the eye to the lower level to make the space feel larger.