Yes, You Can Make Your Home Feel Like a Seaside Retreat—Here's How

Fourth of July may have come and gone, but summer is just getting started—and this means it's time to squeeze in as much time at the beach as possible. But on the off chance that your summer Fridays drag late or you can't seem to get away, we've got an alternative solution: a staycation. Yes, it's possible to achieve the carefree coastal look in your space, even if you live in downtown Manhattan. 

Just like a good top knot and denim cutoffs signify that you're clearly heading to the coast, there are decorating indicators that can trick you into believing you're at the beach without ever leaving your apartment. So how do you turn your apartment into a breezy coastal-inspired space? With the clever use of natural textures, linens, art, and nods to the beach. Ahead, seven coastal decorating ideas that will make you want to stay home when others are at the beach.


Bring the Outside In

Coastal Decorating Ideas — Greenery
Rikki Snyder ; DESIGN: Tamara Magel

Hamptons-based interior designer Tamara Magel firmly believes that beach homes should be decorated with textures, not colors. When decorating with neutral tones and organic textures, add some life with beautiful lush greenery for an instantly carefree, outdoorsy vibe.

NDI Olive Branch $299

Get Inspired by the Coastline

Coastal Decorating Ideas — Beach Photography
Chris Patey

Want to be inspired by the coastal lifestyle even if you're nowhere near it? Do like L.A-based blogger Jacey Duprie and decorate with oversize beach photography. After all, who wouldn't want to stare at the Positano coast all day?

Gray Malin "Positano Coast" $299

Keep Things Light

Coastal Decorating Ideas — Light Finishes
Courtesy of The Line

The Apartment by The Line perfectly embodied the easy, breezy beachfront nature of coastal homes with its Hamptons pop-up last summer in Amagansett. The secret: They kept every finish in a light wood or neutral tone with just a few pops of black and color here and there. 

Fritz Hansen PK22 Lounge Chair $4108

Use Natural Materials

Coastal Decorating Ideas — Natural Materials

If there's one thing that doesn't belong in a beach house, it's anything overly ornate or gilded. Instead, do as the architects at Workshop APD, and focus on using natural materials and textures. In this Nantucket foyer, the firm decorated with a series of linen pendants and an arrangement of barnacles climbing the staircase wall.

Ay Illuminate White Z1 Lantern $920

Give Your Space a Nautical Nod

Coastal Decorating Ideas — Nautical Nods
Tessa Neustadt ; DESIGN: Alexander Design

A subtle nautical nod always has a place in a beach house, so long as it's done tastefully, like in this Malibu home by Alexander Design. Rounded brass mirrors and industrial pendants provide just enough coastal flair without falling into a themed-décor trap.

Rejuvenation Metal Framed Mirror $499

Always Be Beach-Ready

Coastal Decorating Ideas — Beach Bags
Tessa Neustadt ; DESIGN: Alexander Design

The number one indication of an enviable beach house is a sign that indicates the beach is only a stone's throw away. In your entryway, add woven baskets and beach towels to your set of hooks, even if you may not need them. Straw hats are equally acceptable.

Poolside Collective Le Grande Maman Tote $300

Decorate in All White

Coastal Decorating Ideas — All White Décor
Nicole Franzen ; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

Interior designer Leanne Ford understood that the breezy nature of a beach house started with an all-white interior. If you want to get a carefree coastal look, try whitewashing your floors and ceilings and decorating with mostly white furniture.

Herman Miller Eames 4-Leg Wire Chair With Seat Pad $838

And now, see inside the polished Hamptons home that left our editors speechless.

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