Nautical maps have beautiful colors and interest, almost like an abstract painting, and are a nice way to add some local flavor to the walls. They're also often an inexpensive way to cover a large wall.
Somehow white upholstery always says "beachy," despite it's unnatural place next to sandy feet and wet bathing suits. But white slipcovers are good compromise for the high-use pieces and look extra crisp next to blonde rattan.
This cotton throw is a perfect accessory to toss over the side of one of the armchairs and would be nice to cuddle up in with a beach read.
These pendants are reminiscent of lobster traps with their rattan basket weave shades. A key to the beach vibe is to keep things light and airy and these won't weigh down the room.
Beach houses are a mecca for huge family events and hosting friends — so an over-scaled and rustic table is great for gathering everyone for dinner.
Sisal rugs are super durable and perfect for the high traffic (and sandy!) spaces in beach house. This version from Ballard Design has a touch of sophistication with the subtle herringbone pattern.
For just a touch of nautical masculinity, I like the idea of using these rope finials to compliment the crisp classic curtain panels.
One of my favorite things about renting a beach house is all of the books that get left behind from years of visitors. This is a great coffee table book for the beach house living area; it'll inspire a little glamour on your vacation and spruce up your bookshelf.
Jonathan Adler's whimsical whale bookends are a fun way to prop up beach reads on a mantle or bookshelf.
Set the tone for your house with boating-inspired cleat hooks on your entryway walls. Or put some by the back door for guests to hang their beach towels on.
For just a pop of interest on the plain white linens, add a bold blue pillow. I'm a big fan of this Jonathan Adler embroidered pillow for it's texture and anchor motif.
If you're going to embrace the nautical theme in any room, I say go over the top in the bathroom. It's a small space that you can make bold decisions in — like this blue anchor printed wallpaper.
And don't forget about making the outdoors comfortable and stylish too! Indoor/outdoor pillows are a nice way to add a soft touch to some of the in-between spaces like three-season porches. I love the bright ocean blue color of this Hable and Construction version.
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