Transitioning Away From Apartment Style

3 Elements Which Will Evoke A Beach Side Atmosphere In Your Home

by June Holland

Living by the beach is a dream for many Americans. However, for many people, it's not a feasible option due to work, family commitments, or affordability. Fortunately, you can introduce a touch of beach side style and ambiance to your home with your use of interior design. Here are three elements that will help you to transform your home into a calm, beautiful, and authentic beach-style retreat.

1. Window shutters

Windows shutters are the perfect window dressing choice if you're trying to capture a beach atmosphere in your home. Shutters are one of the most common options for the windows of coastal properties and evoke the understated luxury of Hamptons style.

Shutters are popular in coastal locations because they combine the perfect mix of contemporary design and functionality. They give you complete control over how much breeze, light, and privacy you want in your home, and they're easy to clean and don't require extensive maintenance.

2. Timber flooring

Timber flooring is another feature that will help to conjure up a beach side feel in your home. This popular flooring material is a mainstay of beach homes because it is durable, practical, and ages gracefully when exposed to sea air, salt, and sand. The more a timber floor ages, the more it brings to mind driftwood and weather-worn timber structures that dot the coastlines of the country.

Hardwood timber flooring is the best option and looks and feels incredible. However, it's also quite an expensive flooring material which may be out of your price range. If so, timber laminate flooring has come a long way in recent years and is an excellent budget-friendly alternative. Opt for a high-quality product in a contemporary style which will look almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

3. A beach-house inspired color palette

The color palette used in a home makes a massive contribution to creating the right mood, and this is certainly true when you're aiming for a beach vibe. When choosing paint colors, use a combination of soft neutrals, such as white, sand, beige, and pale grey. Navy blue is great to use as accents and represents a classic nautical style.

The color palette should also extend to textiles and soft furnishings. Natural materials, such as cotton and jute capture the relaxed atmosphere and are soft, warm neutrals. For printed items, such as cushion covers and table clothes, refined patterns or florals in dusty green or blue help to create the desired shabby-chic Hamptons look.