Chic, Beach Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

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    Coastal Christmas

    Starfish Cottage

    There are several design elements that are unmistakable marks of Christmas—pine boughs, red and green palettes, twinkle lights—and creative décor enthusiasts always find a way to put their own spin on the season.

    There are some people who have a love for the sea, even when it’s winter and their abode is far from the shore. Whether their home overlooks the ocean or is nestled in Midwestern snowdrifts, they create their very own beach houses filled with holiday cheer.

    It’s a clever approach to both...MORE embracing the season and longing for those sun-soaked, summery beach days. Festive seashore décor also lends a freshness to spaces, through watery turquoises, trees festooned with seashells and starfish strewn throughout. Small beachside touches can be easily woven in to the holiday décor you already have.

    From driftwood decorations to anchor ornaments and even a crab wearing a Santa hat, these stylish homeowners are making waves through their seasonal décor.

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    Ocean Inspired Hues

    Breezy Designs

    Turquoise is a natural shade to bring into maritime décor, but for the holidays, it’s an unexpected color in a sea of red and green. Spotlight aquatic tones in a living room readied for Christmas morning—blue ornaments, turquoise-tinged glass trees and wrapped gifts to match.

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    Natural Accents

    Design Indulgence by Sherry Hart

    Coral works beautifully in bowls year-round, and here, it’s brought into the Christmas season with a display of winter greens and a cozy candle. These items look right at home in a vintage dough bowl, acting as a coastal centerpiece for a holiday meal.

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    Sparkling Treasures

    Crafts by Courtney

    The beach has a gorgeous way of glistening in the sunlight, bathing the waves and sand in glitter. Bring that same sparkle into your home for the holidays, showcasing it through shimmering trees and other décor items. With some glue, craft glitter and imagination, your seasonal pieces can take a DIY turn through adding a bit of beachy glitz. 

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    Breezy Welcome

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    Swap out your traditional faux pine wreath that you typically hang on the front door for a marine wreath, with refreshing details like white branches, bubbly ornaments, blue starfish and sea fans. Blue and white also looks crisp for those particularly wintry days.

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    Nautical Nook

    Sand & Sisal

    Take the setting of an oceanside harbor and let a seasonal entry set sail with the addition of rope-covered glass floats, charming oars, small nets and a sweet seaside throw pillow, like this one that amusingly says, “Santa Claws.”

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    Driftwood Decor

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    Driftwood is an essential when it comes to creating an homage to the beach in your home. Here, driftwood is crafted into a handmade Christmas tree alternative. The coastal look is complete thanks to wooden anchor ornaments. Driftwood can be dropped into any seasonal décor, whether it’s used as a vase filler amid red berry branches or dotting a holiday mantel.

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    Seaside Spot

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    Even if the weather outside is frightful, you can set up your own little version of the beach on your front porch. Start with an Adirondack chair, a seashore must-have, and add seasonal pieces like a Christmas tree draped in seashell ornaments and a red and green buoy. You can also include lanterns for a boat-like feel that offers extra warmth to an outdoor seating area.

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    Starfish Details

    Starfish Cottage

    There are few things as simple as placing white starfish throughout your home’s décor. For the holidays, they’re especially appropriate, as their star shape fits in both Christmas and beach motifs. In this home, the stockings are hung by the chimney with care…and starfish, tied on with periwinkle ribbons. 

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    Tropical Greens

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    Faux island plants, like palm fronds or bamboo leaves, are a unique departure from the usual seasonal greens. Rest them on a console table next to a piece of driftwood decorated in tiny ornaments, or place them artfully among your other holiday items.

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    Beach Bowl

    House of Turquoise

    Beachy bowl filler looks especially joyful when it’s white starfish sitting atop a pile of bright-teal glass ornaments. The coral-shaped bowl reinforces the home’s seaside theme. There are lots of other ideas for beach-meets-Christmas filler, such as small wooden floats and jingly bells, sea glass and mini snowflakes and seashells and cable knit-covered balls.

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    Fresh and Festive

    @breezydesigns / Instagram

    Just because you’re firmly in the doldrums of winter doesn’t mean you have to be in the doldrums yourself, and this is especially true of holiday decorations. Spread some Christmas cheer and sandy vibes through whites and turquoises, pretty pineapples, ocean artwork and a “Fa-la-la” sign that celebrates the season. The winter blues never looked so chic.