Easy, Beach-Inspired Decorating Ideas
Arrange Found Objects
Gathered seashells, driftwood, and spare trinkets in a wooden bowl make for a simple, yet charming centerpiece.
Artfully Filter Light
A gauzy curtain diffuses daylight and makes a luminous backdrop for whatever you put in front of it—even a simple chair. The idea is to gracefully reveal (rather than conceal) the window, so a single panel is all you need. Pick a panel with generous length to create lush, romantic pooling on the floor.
Make Art From Beach Bounty
Don’t let random shells and other ephemera go to waste—use them to warm up a kitchen or an entryway by creating a rustic, relaxed display alongside baskets and glass jars.
Lighten Up the Living Room
Wicker and raw wood, cotton rugs, two earthy perches in place of a traditional coffee table, and extra sunlight from an uncovered window all invite vacation-house serenity.
Loosen Up Your Bed
Effortless layering of natural cottons and linens offers refreshing, unfussy comfort. White sheets serve as a clarifier, keeping the bed from looking overly disheveled.
Stage an Airy Tableau
Summerize a spot you walk past a thousand times a day. Open pieces—an X-shaped stool, a see-through lamp, and a delicate, homemade sea garland—bring an ethereal quality because they let light through. Even the high-hanging hat and the low row of shells on the steps are all about the bare space around them.
Create a Napping Nook
A hammock propped for comfort makes a tempting resting and reading spot through fall.
Throw Together a Neutral, Wild Arrangement
Garden or supermarket flowers in antique, washed-out tones take on a playfully unfettered feel in clear, casual vessels—and anyone can get the look. The recipe: something tall (here, allium), something textured (carnations and scabiosas, shown), and something cascading (like spring snowflakes).