Beach Decorating in 1-2-3 Easy Steps

The beach look is so much fun! It's great because it can cost as little or as much as you like and be as stylish and sophisticated or chilled out like a beach shack.

If you are looking to put together a beach style and coastal inspired look this summer, you might enjoy our simple 3 steps. Before you start, we always recommend starting with a clean, fresh palette - declutter your stuff and simplify! You can learn more in our e-book Beach Style Decorating. 

Step 1 - Choose your Inspiration for beach inspired design

Start by choosing something you love - a boat, a tropical piece of fruit, a tropical flower. This could be an object or piece of art or something you saw online or an old postcard. 

Once you've chosen your inspiration, think about what the look conveys to you and how you'd like your room to feel - casual, chic, classic, minimalist or country? Is your look for apartment living or a beach house?

Kahuna Bay watercolour beach style art pineapples

Painting above is Kahuna Bay original watercolour pineapples and palm leaves in aqua marine green and chocolate colours. 

Step 2 - Choose your accent colour + one or two neutrals

Once you choose your inspiration, then your off to choose your colours. We always recommend simple is best to guarantee a gorgeous designer look. Choose one colour and one neutral. 

Examples are: 

  1. Blue and White
  2. Black and White
  3. Green and White

Pair up your style combos with white, tan, black, brown and then add textures, patterns and shapes in your styling. 

Step 3 - Style it up beach style in your coastal inspired home!

Here come's the fun part -styling! Now you should have one inspiration piece that should flow in your room in a bit of artwork, cushion pattern, objects, rugs and more. 

However, keep the accents simple to get a stylish look - if your accent is boats, you don't want to create boats on the curtains, the art and the cushions. 

Buy your items from different stores and mix and match with some existing things you have and some new things, and think about some antiques to throw in the mix to get a designer look. 

To achieve a designer look - always think about layering your objects and soft furnishings. Hang art at eye level and keep the room layout proportioned. 

To learn more about how to decorate beach inspired, you might enjoy our DIY beach decorating e-book. 

Kahuna Bay x 


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