*This post first appeared on Greenwich Girl!
It’s almost May, and you know what that means: It’s time to open the beach house! Whether it’s a spot on Nantucket, a place in Maine, or a cottage in Rhode Island, there are few things we love more than a beach house … except maybe decorating one. We’re not just talking nautical stripes and coastal colors, but moreso designing the home in a way that allows it to be put to its best use: a gathering place for fun, friends, and family. If you’re currently decorating your own vacation house, here are a few tips we always give our clients for doing it right.
- Don’t think of it as a “second” home. Your beach house might not be your full-time residence, but that doesn’t mean it should be any less a reflection of your personal style that your primary abode. While the fact that you may not spend all your time there may tempt you to simply choose pieces to fill the space, taking the time to pick out things you truly love will enable you to enjoy your beach getaway even more.
- You don’t have to spend a fortune. Giving your beach house decor ample consideration doesn’t mean you have to give it an ample budget, too. Shopping high-end consignment shops or purchasing secondhand pieces is a great way to get the style and quality you’re after without
- Consider function. Make sure your decor accommodates the way you’ll use the home. If you own a beach house, there’s a good chance it’s usually full of guests, whether they’re there for a dinner party or spending the weekend, so you’ll want to make sure there is adequate seating in your living area, spare beds for kids and adults alike in the guest rooms. It’s also a good idea to make sure fabrics and furniture can withstand salt and sand: indoor/outdoor textiles, natural fiber rugs, and slipcover upholstery all are practical choices.
- Take cues from your surroundings. The best part about a beach house is the location, so why not reflect it in your choice of decor? Pull a color palette from the coastline with shades of cream, pale blue, sea green, and light gray; get inspired by the marina with accents made of canvas, rope, and reclaimed wood.
Need a little inspiration? Here are some of our favorite furniture and decor picks for the beach house.
Vintage Oval Pedestal Gustavian Farm Table
Lillian August Chair and Ottoman with Cowtan & Tout Fabric
Vaughan Design Pumpkin Lantern Lights
Antique Model Sailing Yacht
Vista Lamp Tables With Artisan Glass
Brown Stark Natural Sisal Area Rug