Ask our team of design experts
LAMPS PLUS Blog Policies
Beach cottage basics can be applied whether you live at the beach or if you live far from surf and sand. The “beach” look is casual, cheerful and easy to maintain.
Most beach-inspired interiors have hard wood floors which mean the need for some form of floor covering. The most classic type is the woven, striped variety. Whether in multiple colors or simply the always-chic blue and white, a classic striped rug epitomizes the beach cottage floor, though the choices abound for chic and cozy area rugs.
Playful patterned pillows and soft furnishing are great for beach houses. As walls tend to be simply painted in the classic cottage, patterns will liven up a room. You can also try lamp shades in bold patterns to perk up your bedside lamps.
When it comes to the actual decor you place around your house, stick with weathered signs, nautical themes and objects like fish, whales and coral. One inexpensive way to add beach-inspired decor is by finding shells on the beach and fill glass bowls and hurricanes until they overflow with the beauty of the sea.
Because there are sandy feet and wet bathing suits at the beach, most furniture should be upholstered in easy to clean slipcovers. Your best friend at the beach will doubtless be your washing machine! Another handy piece of technology in the beach cottage to stay cool in the summer heat is the ceiling fan. It's the best way to enjoy your new beach cottage getaway.
Shopping Guide: 1. Nantucket Whale Framed Vintage Wall Art 2. Outer Banks Blue Stripes Collection Area Rug 3. Faux Nautilus Shell White Table Lamp 4. Lomasi Embroidered Turquoise Throw Pillow 5. Rachel Classic Natural Slipcover Loveseat
Photos: House of Turquoise.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.
I am looking for a 'beach house' look for the outside of my house...can you recommend some?
Hi Anonymous, we'd suggest starting with a web search to get some ideas. A great place to start is Houzz.com (and you can visit our Houzz page at www.houzz.com/.../lamps-plus). Good luck!