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In­te­rior de­signer Wanda Vin­ton shares five sim­ple and bud­get-savvy tips on how to in­tro­duce a sub­tle beach theme into your home, as she did in her Seav­iew, Washington, cot­tage.

REACH FOR THE STARS.

In­clude stars of all stripes—both those you might find on a flag and those that are gifts from the sea. Ac­cent a bowl full of shells with a starfish or two, or prop a chair with a star-span­gled pil­low.

EBB AND FLOW.

“It’s all about vis­ual flow,” says Wanda, who en­cour­ages her clients to carry a uni­fied pal­ette and con­sis­tent ac­ces­sories from room to room, whether it is seashells on a man­tel, coral adorn­ing a side ta­ble or a du­vet cover pat­terned with sand dol­lars.

TEX­TURE IT NAT­U­RAL.

In ad­di­tion to ac­ces­sories, tex­tures that evoke sea­side el­e­ments—sand, weath­ered wood or fish­er­men’s ropes, for in­stance—pro­mote sub­tle coastal style. Wanda uses sisal rugs through­out her home to ground each room in this tex­tu­ral man­ner.

TIP THE SCALES.

“If you have a piece of fur­ni­ture a lit­tle bit larger scale than the rest of the room, use it to add un­ex­pected in­ter­est to your decor,” Wanda sug­gests. For ex­am­ple, she brought in an over­size wicker trunk with a dis­tinctly beachy feel as the fo­cal point in the sun­room.

GAL­VA­NIZE FOR AC­TION.

Any­thing that im­proves with age or ex­po­sure to the salt air be­comes fod­der for ca­sual de­sign. Wanda has a pen­chant for gal­va­nized items, such as the gera­nium-filled buck­ets on her front porch, be­cause of their for­ever-chang­ing patina.

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