Beach homes have an atmosphere that inspires you to unwind as soon as you walk through the front door. That atmosphere primarily comes through décor that has that casual, unmistakably coastal feel. (Though a “vacation” frame of mind certainly enhances the effect, of course.) Linens in soft hues, seagrass rugs, whitewashed and driftwood-like finishes, shell motifs, and seascapes channel a breezy beach-inspired look that doesn’t go overboard. These elements also seem effortlessly cool even if the closest shore is hours away—especially in the summer heat.
If you’re looking to create a beach-y look in your décor, here are a few of our favorite starting points, currently for sale at Sotheby’s Home.
This framed oil on canvas by the notable New England plein-air impressionist painter depicts a magical spot where sand meets surf. (Painted vividly and dynamically in a mesmerizing range of blues, you can practically hear the waves crashing onto the shore.) Though traditionalists will love the impressionistic style in which the artist captured the view, the work shines in any setting.
Though we usually see seagrass used in wall coverings and rugs, the material can shine as an “upholstery.” See: This bold bench, which was created by weaving seagrass around a wood frame. It’s a great choice for those who love wicker but gravitate towards more contemporary silhouettes. Place it in an entryway or hall against a blank wall to create an eye-catching focal point, or add it to a conversational grouping to bring an unexpected textural element.
Slipcovered linen visually reads as “casual,” but the look doesn’t have to look slouchy. This bridgewater lounge chair and ottoman set has a more tailored feel that comes through the tight back and slipcover’s inverted pleats. The gray linen also gives this set versatility to work with a range of colors.
Shell-encrusted mirrors add a fanciful element to décor—but this mirror is unmistakably contemporary. The simple lines and the monochromatic effect of stucco and plaster shells keep the look clean, while nodding to the coastal trend.
Curated by Avalon Interiors, the gnarled driftwood base of this vintage coffee table makes for the ultimate “beach” accent. The tempered glass top beautifully shows off the dramatic base for an attention-grabbing focal point.