How to make your home feel like a sea­side re­treat

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Sum­mer is just get­ting started —and this means it’s time to squeeze in as much time at the beach as pos­si­ble.

But on the off chance that your sum­mer Fri­days drag late or you can’t seem to get away, we’ve got an al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tion: a stay­ca­tion. Yes, it’s pos­si­ble to achieve the care­free coastal look in your space, even if you live in an ur­ban area.

Just like a good top knot and denim cut­offs sig­nify that you’re clearly head­ing to the coast, there are dec­o­rat­ing in­di­ca­tors that can trick you into be­liev­ing you’re at the beach with­out ever leav­ing your apart­ment.

So how do you turn your apart­ment into a breezy coastal-in­spired space? With the clever use of nat­u­ral tex­tures, linens, art, and nods to the beach. Ahead, seven coastal dec­o­rat­ing ideas that will make you want to stay home when oth­ers are at the beach.

Bring the out­side in

Hamp­tons-based in­te­rior de­signer Ta­mara Magel firmly be­lieves that beach homes should be dec­o­rated with tex­tures, not colours. When dec­o­rat­ing with neu­tral tones and or­ganic tex­tures, add some life with beau­ti­ful lush greenery for an in­stantly care­free, out­doorsy vibe.

Get in­spired by the coast­line

Want to be in­spired by the coastal life­style even if you’re nowhere near it?

Do like L.A.-based blog­ger Jacey Du­prie and dec­o­rate with over­size beach pho­tog­ra­phy. Af­ter all, who wouldn’t want to stare at the Posi­tano coast all day?

Keep things light

The Apart­ment by The Line per­fectly em­bod­ies the easy, breezy beach­front na­ture of coastal homes with its Hamp­tons pop-up last sum­mer in Ama­gansett. The se­cret: they kept ev­ery fin­ish in a light wood or neu­tral tone with just a few pops of black and colour here and there.

Use nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als

If there’s one thing that doesn’t be­long in a beach house, it’s any­thing overly or­nate or gilded. In­stead, do as the ar­chi­tects at Work­shop APD, and fo­cus on us­ing nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and tex­tures.

Give your space a nau­ti­cal nod

A sub­tle nau­ti­cal nod al­ways has a place in a beach house, so long as it’s done taste­fully. Rounded brass mir­rors and in­dus­trial pendants pro­vide just enough coastal flair with­out fall­ing into a themed-decor trap.

Al­ways be beach-ready

The No. 1 in­di­ca­tion of an en­vi­able beach house is a sign that in­di­cates the beach is only a stone’s throw away. In your en­try­way, add wo­ven bas­kets and beach tow­els to your set of hooks, even if you may not need them. Straw hats are equally ac­cept­able.

Dec­o­rate in all-white

In­te­rior de­signer Leanne Ford un­der­stood that the breezy na­ture of a beach house started with an all­white in­te­rior. If you want to get a care­free coastal look, try white­wash­ing your floors and ceil­ings and dec­o­rat­ing with mostly white fur­ni­ture.

GABRIELLE SAVOIE JOVY86, GETTY IM­AGES/IS­TOCK­PHOTO

If you want to get a care­free coastal look, try white­wash­ing your floors and ceil­ings and dec­o­rat­ing with mostly white fur­ni­ture.

DREAMSTIME, TNS

A sub­tle nau­ti­cal nod al­ways has a place in a beach house.

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