Beach Cottage Basics

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Beach Cottage Basics

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.

Woven Rugs

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.

Decorative Throw Pillows

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.

Beach Wall Art

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.

Slipcovered Furniture

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.

Beach Home Decor

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.

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  • 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 (and you can visit our Houzz page at Good luck!

Beach Cottage Basics