Beach Style Home Décor for Inspired Tropical Living

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An interior decorator hangs artworks of beach scenes on a white wall in a tropical home.
Artworks of beach scenes help provide a coastal vibe to the home. Image: © New Africa.

Coastal homes in the tropics lend themselves to decorating in what interior designers commonly refer to as beach-style home décor. Even if your home is not right on the beach, it’s an interior decorating style that suits the warm climates of tropical regions as it provides a clean and minimalistic aspect to home decoration.

There is something unquestionably appealing about beach-style home decor. It’s about invoking a free spirit and creating a laidback feeling that will contribute to a more peaceful and tranquil life once you enter the door of your home. As the décor is based on natural elements, beach-inspired homes are relatively low maintenance but look pronounced at the same time.

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The distinguishing beachy style, also known as coastal interior design, is the perfect combination of a multifunctional approach and personal preference. The most popular beach house decor ideas encapsulate the luminous tranquillity of ocean blue waters and white sands collectively with nautical gradations.

A beach-inspired home is a kind of place that makes you calm, where you can put your feet up on the furniture and you do not need to be concerned about everything always looking picture-perfect. It is a place where you do not have to fret when a little gravel gets hauled in. Its subtle colour palette and easy-going aesthetics make the beachy style the perfect choice for anyone who wants to bring a contemporary yet relaxed appearance to their home décor.

Balcony of a beach-style home constructed from bleached wood with cane recliner chair and rhapis palm in a pot.
Bleached wood is a popular material for beach-style homes. Image: Evgenia Basyrova

Most people love the beach and it’s not difficult to combine both tropical and beachy aesthetics in the home whether you are by the sea or not. The easy-breezy beach house vibe can be easily and efficiently achieved merely by integrating a few essentials into your home.

Whether you are thinking of renovating your home into a contemporary sea-style abode or simply seeking tips and tricks to add a casual hint of beachy textures to your home decor, these unpretentious yet practical ideas will help you create a spontaneous beach-style home in no time at all.

Firstly in the living room, a beach-style aura is usually achieved by using a delicate combination of soft neutral hues and beach-inspired design essentials. A distinctive coastal colour palette taken from the sand, sky, water, and sandbank grass greens is used to outline the cool, breezy-beach feel of living room interior design.

Sometimes interior designers like to include a bold aquamarine colour in the palette along with various hues of yellow and beige representing the different colours of the sand. This is often referred to as a Caribbean style.

Interior of a modern beach-style home showing open plan living/dining area and bluish grey and white colour scheme.
Soft neutral tones predominate in this open plan living area. Image: Max Rahubovskiy.

Apart from the colour palette, incorporating coastal style furniture such as items made from bleached wood, and then introducing attractive textures through throw pillows, rugs, and draperies in mellow fabrics like linen and cotton is an excellent way to convey the coastal interior design style.

Go for combinations like woven chairs with quatrefoil mottled furniture or seagrass furnishings to create a casual and interesting space. Instead of stuffing a massive sofa into your living room, try using a less imposing seat with a pair of padded armless chairs. Position a favourite chair near windows from which you can see the sun set.

Adding motifs and other seaside decorations like beach glass, seashells, and other visuals also helps enhance the graphic interest. Always remember, the beach-themed living room is all about creating an amicable and comfortable zone therefore it is recommended to use the décor elements a little at a time as it can easily overpower a space if exaggerated.

For the dining room, white walls and neutral tones, window treatments for natural lighting, maritime accessories, candles, and rustic furniture with solid-coloured fabrics can all create a true beach-style dining arena.

Interior of a dining room in a beach-style tropical home with natural wood ceiling and doors, and white wooden seats around a table.
This dining room has a more rustic feel with its wooden ceiling. Image: Jean van der Meulen.

Along with white, a light blue colour palette is a shrewd way to lay the foundation for a refreshingly casual, coastal-style dining room. Focus on augmenting natural light and airflow to bring brightness to the dining area. Comfortable seating is a way to introduce a light hearted vibe to invite friends and family to gather around the table.

Gear up plain rattan or wooden chairs and add a shoreline touch with floor-length rugs in natural fabrics such as sisal or bamboo. Tropic-inspired artworks and a large candle chandelier can be the centre of attraction in such beach-inspired dining rooms.

Coastal kitchens are mainly inspired by holiday beach homes. Hues such as white, cream, yellow, and turquoise act as the principal colour palette for an open-style beach kitchens. It gives a positive and airy feel to the space which is always the primary characteristic of coastal kitchens.

Interior of an open plan kitchen in a beach-style tropical home with a predominantly white colour scheme.
White is one of the principal colours for beach-style kitchens. Image: Mark McCammon.

Natural wood accents, white tiled countertops with a matte finish, open shelved or glass-front cabinetry and wood plank flooring are other regular elements often associated with these types of kitchens. Keep the windows open or pick mesh curtains for an airy feel. Using light fixtures and glass shades adds another dimension to the space and offers a more natural feel to your kitchen.

Décor in your beach design kitchen should reflect your individuality. Include appealing earthenware to make elementary tabling more interesting. Modify surplus spaces into shelving for cookbooks and food magazines. Cane baskets, dangling rope planters, and rugs in shoreline hues can all provide a nautical ambiance to the beach-style kitchen.

In the bedrooms, a relaxing colour palette, loads of light, linen curtains, and a silk slipcover will combine for a soothing and cozy beachy feeling. Blue and white is the typical colour scheme for any seafaring setting. To give a light, airy tropical feel to a room, combine the blue and white colour palettes with understated tints for a dimensional appearance.

Woman in a bedroom lying on bed reading a book in a beach-style tropical home with a blue and white colour scheme.
A pastel blue and white colour palette works well in the bedroom. Image © Andriy Blokhin.

A wood panelled ceiling and gliding doors which do not need any scope to fluctuate are great options to make your bedroom look tropical. Another option is to design one of the wall areas with highlighted wooden planks. This will offer an exceptional, off–the–cuff, and informal look to your bedroom.

Combining different patterns and textures is the key. For example, a combination of distraught bamboo furniture and white inflections can showcase the spontaneous stylishness of a sophisticated yet urban space and at the same time feature the beach style aspect as well.

Elements such as sea-inspired artworks, shoreline accessories, coastal lighting, wall-mounted swing arm lamps, coral inspired chandeliers disseminated throughout the space provide a complete tropical beach feel and craft a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere in your bedroom.

A coastal home design is incomplete without a beach-style bathroom. It should be shiny, sleek, and easily defined. For the colour schemes, marble, sedative white, and grey along with a spectrum of blues are eternal in a beach-style master bathroom as they convey the lively, light, airy beachside aura.

Interior of a bright bathroom in a beach-style tropical home.
A coastal-style bathroom should be sleek, bright and airy. Image: Max Rahubovskiy.

Include tile flooring in a range of sea greens and ocean blues. You can also use glass stones along the wall and floor to create a natural, sandy look suggestive of the beach. The draperies should be in lighter hues, and a glossy white bathtub will create a disparity against the blue intonations.

For an additional dash of charisma, you can add seashells and marine-life-inspired accessories, and wall art as well. Play with printed wallpapers inspired by tropical plants or feature bold striped nautical patterns on curtains to create a beachy oasis. Seashell soap dishes, a sea sponge, or an accent wall landscape in calming shades of blue can all bring an illusion of the sea.

Frisk an outmoded shower door or screen for a cleaner walk-in look. Instead of one mirror covering a long vanity, hang two over the basins. Keep the counter clean and organised by placing everyday items in containers. The finished look will be a proper beach-style bathroom with a contemporary appearance.

For other spaces in the house, you can bring beachy-boho vibes from the tropics and augment the natural beauty of your home with simple interior design ideas such as using natural materials like rattan furniture and accessorising with ocean-inspired décor elements. Beach-inspired home décor is a trend that is will be around for a long time, so is not going to look dated anytime soon.

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