Decorating your beach home – any home for that matter – can be a daunting task. Everywhere you turn there seems to be design rules that we all feel like we’re breaking left and right. However, contrary to popular belief, designers actually do not follow a secret design book. The fact of the matter is, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating a space you love.
Having said that, however, there are some guiding principals that anyone can use. These are not tips that take years to master, but simple guidelines from which to confidently point you in the the right direction when decorating your beach home.
Coastal Decorating Made Easy
1. Go With Your Gut
Jaime Derringer of design-milk.com suggests you go with your gut and fill your home with things that you love that reflect your personality. Create a space that’s truly yours.
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2. Function First
Heather Luckhurst from settingforfour.com thinks you should decide what functions and feeling you want your room to have before you start decorating the space. If you want the space to highlight your kitchen collection and provide storage you may need to find room for a hutch or display cabinet. Want your room to feel cozy? Add lots of comfortable pillows and throws to the room!
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3. Scale Matters
Jessie Kok of mixandchic.com suggests you take your measurements with you when you go furniture shopping and consider the scale of each items in relation to each other especially the size of a room. A big room with small sized furniture or a small room with oversized furniture will never look right.
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4. Light Up
Kirsten Grove from simplygrove.com tells us to invest in great lighting options, including ceiling lighting, floor lamps and table lamps. Another design do is to include art in any space. It takes a space from boring to beautiful!
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5. Trending Classics
Yvonne Pratt of stonegableblog.com recommends buying classic, time honored big ticket furniture pieces. They will stay in style longer. AND, buy trendy accent pieces because they will update classic furniture.
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6. Ditch the Cheap
Amanda Gates from gatesinteriordesign.com encourages you to surround yourself with quality items you’ve collected and are proud of, rather than cheap stuff you ran out and bought on a whim because company was coming or you were in hurry. That’s the best Feng Shui.
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As you can tell by these great tips featured recently as a part of a Do’s & Don’ts series here, there really are no strict guidelines. Interior designers offer their creative juices and fill space with things they love and tend to prefer quality over quantity. No matter how you design your coastal home, we hope we have everything you need to create a space YOU will love, too!