If you are looking to create an intimate and tranquil space that takes you back to those days at the shore there is no better time than now to make it happen! Summer is here and it’s not to late to give your home a quick lift. Now is the time to create one of the most amazing beach cottage inspired rooms that will be sure to transport you to a land of warm Hawaiian breezes. Beach bungalows aren’t always about wicker chairs, nautical accents and coral objects. It is up to you to elevate your space into one of today’s new modern beach retreats. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1.Embrace natural elements in your space. It is important to mix textures and layer elements as needed. For a living room, try a textured handspun hemp rug with a distressed wooden cocktail table. For a more tropical feel, layer in open weave slipper chairs and contrast them with rustic elements such as monkey pod side tables. If you are looking to add a more modern element select concrete cube style side tables and introduce elements of stainless steel.

2.When selecting your color palette opt for simple lighter colors. Think of colors that evoke reflections of the sea and sky. Creamy white, atmospheric blue or linen stone are all great basic foundation colors for a space. Contrast these colors with warm textures of wood ranging from pickled-white-pine to warm cozy bamboo.

3.Simple slipcovered linen upholstered furniture is a must for any beach house space. It is important not to be too “matchy-matchy”… mix it up a bit by adding rattan armchairs rather. I promise you will love the simplicity and easy care of a cotton linen slipcover on your sofa. It creates an elegance and ease to your space as well as allows your versatility as trends evolve. You are not committed to a 10-year life of just one fabric or color.

4.In your bungalow dining room it is important to find a warm wooden table and add in chairs with a woven cane bottom or for a more urban look, try bamboo styled Chiavari chairs.You know, the gold or silver ones you have seen at weddings.

5.Beach houses look best when they are accented with bright bold patterns or cabana stripes.Amp up your style with multiple graphic and vibrant prints. The boost of color adds life to a white on white wood palette and adds personality and dimension to your space.

6.Lastly, don’t forget the touch of whimsy and humor. Adding unique accessories such as hand carved koa surfboards, colorful paintings, unique shells and beautifully embroidered pillows are all examples of elements that will personalize your space.

David Brown
Mulberry Seed Design