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LLStyle Report: Discover Beach House Design

What goes into transforming a home into beach house style? Read LL Flooring's tips to bring a breezy, relaxing, coastal-inspired vibe into your home..

2 min read
Published on June 15, 2022

Bring Beach Style Indoors

Transform your home into a breezy, beachy sanctuary that blends the beauty of natural materials with cozy, plush furnishings and décor. This trend is known as beach house interior design, and it's a style whose popularity has only strengthened as new ways of incorporating coastal elements have come into play.

Is Beach House Interior Design the Same as Coastal Interior Design?

Beach house interior design is sometimes referred to as coastal interior design. You can use the two terms interchangeably to denote a style that's light and airy, and that captures the colors of sandy beaches and the ocean. However, this style does differ from nautical interior design, which uses sailor-inspired décor⁠—such as boats, anchors, and nets⁠—to create an on-the-sea vibe.

white washed engineered hardwood floor in living room with dark brown sectional with accent pillows in shades of blue plus brown leather and wood side chairs and white brick fireplace
Bellawood Artisan Barcelona White Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring

What are Some Beach House Interior Design Characteristics?

The best word to describe the general feel of beach house interior design is "calming". Beach house style primarily uses a palette of neutral beiges, whites, and grays, with pops of blue and green⁠—all the colors you'd expect to see on the coast. While lines stay mostly clean and geometric, blankets, rugs, and other layers soften the space and add texture.

Light is also a crucial aspect of beach house style. In coastal-inspired homes, you typically see large windows with minimal window coverings, open space, and pale color palettes that make the most of the natural light in each room.

What Flooring Complements Beach House Décor?

Whitewashed looks lend a casual beachy feel to a space, and you can find them in a variety of flooring materials, such as hardwood, laminate, and hybrid planks. You can also get the same whitewashed and weathered effect in a wood-look tile. Whichever type of flooring you choose, beach house style generally favors lighter colors in shades of white, gray, or blonde, or perhaps a subtle wash of blue or green.

dark brown distressed engineered hardwood floor in living room with white furniture and turquoise accents
Bellawood Artisan Rockaway Beach White Oak Distressed Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Bring in stronger blue, green or brown accents through cushions, area rugs, curtains, and other décor. For true beach homes with views of the sea, consider waterproof vinyl or laminate flooring, which will help prevent water damage from any seawater tracked in from the ocean and make for easy cleanup. Porcelain tile offers the same benefits while also feeling cool underfoot. Other waterproof options include our Duravana hybrid resilient flooring and ReNature by CoreLuxe rigid vinyl plank. If you're not as concerned about moisture, consider hardwood flooring with gorgeous natural wood patterns in various light hues. You can give your flooring the feel of reclaimed driftwood by choosing a wire-brushed or distressed surface texture.

Bringing Beach House Design Into Your Home

Beach house interior design is fun, versatile, and cozy. Since neutral shades are the primary components of this look, you can always add your own unique spin by introducing textures, patterns, and pops of color. Wicker or rattan furniture works well with this style⁠—introducing a few storage baskets should be enough to give the right effect. Soften your surfaces with throws in bright blue or coral shades, or with nautical striped designs. You could even go all out and create an accent wall with shiplap. Finally, add potted plants for green accents and to bring the outdoors in.


blonde distressed engineered hardwood floor in bedroom with beige headboard and pale green and orange bedding plus white furniture and shiplap on walls
Bellawood Artisan Claire Gardens Oak Distressed Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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