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Your perfect day in ten words? Blue seas, clear skies, warm sand and cool ocean breezes. Yep, the beach is your happy place, and naturally, you want to wake up to it every morning. Here, seven seaside-inspired ideas that sing no matter the season or locale.

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Try A Textured Accent Wall

We love the idea of a single statement wall as a subtle homage to the sea. Look to ocean-esque watercolor or grass cloth wallpaper panels to evoke the beach (while still providing a polished focal point appropriate for a non-coastal dwelling).

Design by Anne Hepfer

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Dress Down Your Furniture With A Natural Fiber Rug

With their coarse texture and tawny palette, natural woven area rugs (like jute and abaca) bring to mind sand, dune grasses, sunhats and the all-around warmth of seaside living. Plus, could they be more versatile to decorate around?

Design by Summer Thornton 

Invest In An Oversize Print

From urban apartments to rural farmhouses, extra large aerial beach art (à la Gray Malin) has become a staple in stylish dwellings the world over. Bring one into your bedroom for a constant pick-me-up. 

Design by Jeffrey Alan Marks


No shame in keeping it classic, guys. Equal parts breezy and sophisticated, blue and white might just be the most timeless color combo in history. Utilize it in the boudoir for instantly calming sea and sky vibes.

Design by Meg Braff  

Paint Doors and Trims In Beachside Hues

When a room’s palette is primarily neutral (and patterns are kept non-nautical), a punchy blue paint on molding, trims and accents is both chic and playful.

Design by Sara Gilbane


Keep Textiles Light and Breezy

Linens and cottons (preferably in pale blues, taupes and whites) are the easiest way to nod to the serenity of the seaside. P.S. These fibers are not summer exclusive. If they’re your faves, add in layers during the cooler months and rock ’em year round.

Design by John De Bastiani


Decorate (In Moderation) With Your Ocean Treasures

While you definitely want to avoid sea treasure overkill, pretty bowls and canisters filled with shells, corals and sea glass look perfectly at home when layered in with blooms, books, accessories and other favorite mementos.

Design by Sam Allen

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