Even if you live far away from the ocean, the lure of the beach is undeniable. It's relaxed and carefree and yet a majestically impressive display of nature all at the same time. It's no wonder that bringing that coastal vibe indoors via beach-inspired decor is a popular choice for primary bedrooms as well as children's rooms, nurseries, and more.
What Is a Primary Bedroom?
Many real estate associations, including the National Association of Home Builders, have classified the term "master bedroom" as discriminatory. "Primary bedroom" is the name now widely used among the real estate community and better reflects the purpose of the room.
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Capture the Right Vibe
A beachy bedroom doesn't have to be over-the-top or even have obvious beach motifs. What really counts is capturing the spirit of the coast: a casual feel, breezy colors, worn finishes, and an overall serene vibe, like in this bedroom from Gordon James Design.Continue to 2 of 30 below.
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Incorporate Some Distressed Wood
Wood with a distressed finish, as if it might have spent time in the waves, is a must-have in any beach-inspired bedroom—no overly shiny or perfect finishes here. Don't worry about selecting a matching set of furniture either, as is proven so beautifully in this room designed by Jenny Keenan.Continue to 3 of 30 below.
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Add in Natural Textures
The spirit of the sea is an earthy one, so it makes sense that you'll find plenty of natural elements like wood, bamboo, seagrass, and rattan in a coastal room. Here, Tracery Interiors pairs a weathered wooden bed with rattan shades and a sea-inspired palette to bring the beach vibe into the space.Continue to 4 of 30 below.
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Play With Pops of Color
Many children love the beach, so it's no wonder the location is a popular theme for a kid's bedroom. As shown in this playful space designed by Chango & Co., it's okay to go a little brighter and bolder when decorating a child's room—they are young and fun, after all!Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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Sleep Among the Sea Life
While fish, seashells, coral, and sea horses are common motifs in an ocean-inspired room, there's no reason you can't go deeper, as Tracery Interiors did here. An octopus is a fun and unusual design for an above-bed painting.Continue to 6 of 30 below.
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Craft a Clever Accent
Looking for a DIY beach accessory for your bedroom? Then why not make this chic oyster shell-adorned mirror? It's not very difficult or expensive (you can even use shells you've collected off the beach), though it is a bit time-consuming. You can find the complete directions for this stylish piece at Nourish and Nestle.Continue to 7 of 30 below.
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Go for a Dramatic Hue
While you'll most often find white or soft-colored walls in a beach bedroom, there's no reason you can't go dark if you want to. If you want to wow, why not surround yourself with fish-adorned wallpaper, like in this dramatic bedroom from Nancy Hill Interiors?Continue to 9 of 30 below.
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Keep It Neutral
A beach bedroom with a surfer vibe is a great choice for a teen or preteen. Here, Jennifer Pacca Interiors shows off a surfboard and shark-adorned bedroom that just about any teen would love.Continue to 10 of 30 below.
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Add Charming Motifs
Sealife is a common motif in a beach-inspired bedroom and one that can range from subtle (just a few shells or a wave-patterned throw pillow) to in-your-face, as is the case in this cheeky bedroom by Caroline Burke Designs. Fish wallpaper is a totally unexpected—yet wonderfully whimsical—way to add a huge dose of interest and pattern to a small space.Continue to 11 of 30 below.
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Hang a Gallery Wall
If you'd like to add a powerful dose of beachy personality to a bedroom, design a gallery wall dedicated to ocean life. Here, the artwork sticks to a starfish theme, but you could frame images of your favorite sea creature or a medley of sea life.Continue to 12 of 30 below.
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Craft a Coastal Dresser
To add a bit of beach to your space on a budget, consider giving a small nightstand or dresser a coastal makeover. Use furniture you already own or pick up an item secondhand, then add a coat of seafoam blue or another beachy color, seashells, and rope in place of drawer pulls and knobs. Easy and adorable!Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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Catch a Fish
If you have a child who dreams of one day becoming an oceanographer (or just really loves the beach), take a tip from Studio80 Interior Design and show off a totally realistic faux fish in place of more expected artwork.Continue to 14 of 30 below.
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Add Some Shiplap
This beach cottage bedroom, found on Ideal Home, is a perfect example of coastal style. The blue and white palette, the shiplap walls, the casual vibe, and the use of seashells as accents are all hallmarks of this easy, breezy vibe.Continue to 15 of 30 below.
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Combine Your Styles
Many decorating styles happily accept a touch of the coast. Shabby chic is an especially good match, as it relies on casual style, well-worn furniture, and a taste for mixing and matching. In this adorable bedroom from the blog The Ragged Wren, a cozy space combines reclaimed shutters and colorful wallpaper with a cute wooden whale and starfish decor.Continue to 16 of 30 below.
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Create a Sophisticated Nursery
While some parents might like to go cutesy in their baby's space, an alternative look can also be quite sophisticated, as in this seaside nursery from Little Crown Interiors. The coral and seafoam color scheme is quite gender-neutral as well.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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Stay in the Sand
While most beach bedrooms have lots of blue—or at least a touch—it's entirely possible to create a shoreline feel with nothing but sandy tan, creamy white, and the softest gray. For poof, just check out this lovely bedroom from Ideal Home.Continue to 18 of 30 below.
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Cast a Net (or Two)
If you're looking to add an inexpensive beach vibe to a guest bedroom, try making a faux headboard using some fishing net. You can either purchase a regular net or dye one to match your favorite shade. Attach a couple of shells and starfish to complete the look.Continue to 19 of 30 below.
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Switch It up With Dark Furniture
While you'll typically find white or light furniture with a distressed finish in a beach-themed bedroom, that's not written in stone. As you can see in the room here, dark furniture set off with just a few ocean motifs creates a more contemporary, sophisticated look.Continue to 20 of 30 below.
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Bottle Some Memories
Bringing the beach into your room is even better when it hearkens back to a spot you've actually visited. Decorate your dresser or top your nightstand with a small bottle containing a bit of the sand from each beach you've visited. Use a ribbon to attach a note identifying the location. The pretty bottle here is from the blog Over the Big Moon.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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Go for a Misty Gray
Not every day at the beach is bright and sunny; occasionally, the clouds roll in and the ocean takes on a gray hue. The resulting vibe is subdued yet calming, not gloomy. Go for the same feel in your bedroom with tonal gray walls and artwork, as in this bedroom from Ideal Home.Continue to 22 of 30 below.
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Channel a Cottage on the Beach
If you love cottage style as much as you love the beach, combine the two, as in this room from Marie's Manor. A few seashells add the spirit of the ocean to a charming cottage bedroom.Continue to 23 of 30 below.
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Add Vacation-Worthy Touches
Make your beach bedroom a bit more romantic with a bed that is surrounded by a dip-dyed canopy, as in this space from Ideal Home. You can easily do this yourself with a box of dye and sheer white fabric.Continue to 24 of 30 below.
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Craft a Shadow Box
Shadow boxes are a great way to show off any type of treasure while adding a ton of interest to your walls. Use one to display a collection of your favorite seashells and decorate your bedroom walls, like the chic version shown here.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
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Make the Most of a Mural
If you've got a young surfer on your hands, give them a bedroom that reflects their passion for the beach. In the room shown here from Marie's Manor, a simple wall mural sets the pace, while a few colorful pictures complete the cute scene.Continue to 26 of 30 below.
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Coordinate Your Bedding
One of the easiest ways to give a bedroom a beach or ocean theme is with bedding. You can find many comforters, sheet sets, quilts, and duvet covers to match this theme or opt for an ombre of blue, cream, and white shades to evoke the same feel.Continue to 27 of 30 below.
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Make Themed Drawer Pulls
Give your dresser or nightstand drawers a taste of the beach with handmade drawer pulls. Turn pretty seashells you've collected on beach walks (or bought online) into your very own beachy hardware, like these DIY pulls from Engineer Your Space.Continue to 28 of 30 below.
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Cover Your Nightstand in Shells
While it may be too much for some, you can add a bit of over-the-top beach style to your room with a piece of furniture entirely encrusted with seashells, like the bedside table shown here. It's a little bit kitsch, but a whole lot of wonderful.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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Take It to the Tropics
Lots of beaches are found in tropical locations, so if you like a brighter palette, liven up your space with the turquoises, lime greens, yellows, corals, and reds of the hot zone. This adorable bedroom gets it right with a nautilus-shell throw pillow, seafoam paneling, mermaid bookends, and bright yellow hibiscus artwork.Continue to 30 of 30 below.
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When in Doubt, Keep It Simple
In this bedroom from Clark Collins, sea glass-colored bedside lamps complement an ocean landscape painting for a subtle-yet-thoughtful coastal space.