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Key Elements for Beach Decor

I have the extreme privilege of spending the next 7 days in a beach condo in Sanibel Island. Yesterday, when we first checked into our lovely 3-bedroom condo and took that initial tour it occurred to me that this condo looks just like the ones that I have stayed in when visiting Hilton Head, SC and Ocean City, MD.

One thing is for sure, there are definitely some key elements for beach decor that every interior designer of vacation homes must follow. If you are like me and just love a beach vacation, you may want to bring some of these essential elements into your own home decor. Here are 5 ways to infuse your favorite beachside decor into your home.

Crofton Wicker Furniture

Crofton Wicker Furniture

1. Wicker Furniture

Large wicker arm chairs, sofas, and bar stools are a great indoor/outdoor solution for seaside decorating. This quintessential coastal material can hold up to the elements and instantly evokes a feeling of relaxation.

2. Tropical Plants

The kitchen, living room, and covered lanai are all prime places for a beautiful tropical plant. Because these homes often stand vacant, the decorator has chosen artificial birds of paradise and palms for their low maintenance attributes.

3. Seaside Accessories

No beach condo would be complete without some lovely coastal accessories. Seashells and art prints of boats and shorelines are an absolute must for every rental property.

4. Rope Accents

Especially in large boating areas, rope accents are a popular addition. They can be used to wrap the base of a floor or table lamp for an instant nautical touch.

5. Nautical Linens

One of my favorite elements of beach decor is the fabrics chosen to decorate the home with. Soft yellows, light blues, and ocean greens are all common components of the quilts, blankets, and pillows used to dress the beds. These colors are then repeated in the paint selections, furniture fabric, and curtains used.

If you want to bring that relaxing feeling of vacation into your home, consider bringing some of these elements into your interior design.

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