Life by the beach often means relaxation, ocean breezes, and the chance to set up your vacation home for maximum comfort and entertainment for yourself and your guests. Whether your taste is traditional or eclectic, you have the opportunity to make a “splash” with your furniture, décor, and accessories.
The first thing that people notice is the exterior and interior color-scheme and decor of your beach house. Every beach home needs bright coastal colors (e.g., turquoise, orange, coral), geometric patterns, or nautical navy blue and white stripes. Place tranquil salt lamps in bedrooms or vintage lighthouse lanterns on driftwood tables. For artistic DIY types, painting a tropical scene on driftwood gives any room a personal touch. Soft, earth-toned linen blankets not only keep you warm but give your home away from home that elegant, yet-lived in feel.
The second thing that every beach home should have is a cozy porch space. Watch that ocean sunrise or fall asleep outside to ocean sounds on a swing or rocking chair. Have long, enjoyable conversations with your family and friends while sitting on comfortable wicker furniture built to withstand the elements. Avoid buying any furniture made of iron and steel, since the salt air will cause rust.
The third thing every beach home needs a diverse selection of fun games like poker, dominoes, Trivial Pursuit, or Taboo. These can be essential to keeping any beach house party going. If your beach house has a pool, keep plenty of pool floats around, especially ones that have cup and snack holders so people can lounge and munch on appetizers.
After a long day at the beach, your guests will need a good night’s rest. Make sure your guest rooms have a large bed with plenty of cushions and lots of closet space. Stock your guest bathroom with fresh towels, sunscreen, and toiletries made for the beach-bound. Area rugs that complement room décor, but can be cleaned easily are best. Beaches tend to be humid, so you don’t want a beach house with carpet that can get musty. If you have WiFi, put the network and password information on a piece of paper in a frame or a binder so your guests can access the internet if they need to.
Finally, you need to make sure to have stylish slipcovers for the furniture in your beach home. While it may seem like a minor item on this list, people who own beachfront property will tell you that it is an absolute must-have! Slipcovers are removable pieces of cloth that can be placed on a chair or couch. Slipcovered furniture is a must-have for all beach houses, especially if you’re bringing children and dogs. After all, you’ll be tracking a lot of sand, dirt, and ocean water after long days at the beach! It’s not only easy to remove stains from slipcovered furniture, but you can find a lot of pretty pieces and great deals online (you can find slipcovers for as cheap as $50).