6 Beachy Decorating Ideas for Christmas

  • 01 of 07

    Coastal Christmas Decor

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    If you live in a warm or tropical climate, or just adore coastal-inspired decor, you may find it difficult to decorate for Christmas. Quite frankly, classic red and green decorations and other traditional Christmas elements do somehow seem out of place in a beach house. Who needs a hot chocolate bar or plaid throws when it's 80 degrees outside, after all? Luckily, there are lots of ways to make coastal-themed elements work at Christmastime.

    These six beach-inspired elements and design tips that...MORE follow will help you design the perfect coastal Christmas!

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  • 02 of 07

    Sand Dollars and Star Fish

    starfish garland
    House by Hoff

    Starfish, or sea stars, are absolutely perfect home accessories for a coastal-themed Christmas. After all, stars are one of the symbols of the season. Use smaller ones as ornaments, or string them onto a garland for a mantel or dining room table. You could also tie them onto candles or use a large one at the top of your tree.

    Sand dollars work as coastal-themed Christmas decorations because they are white (it's smart to decorate with neutrals for the holidays!) and because they resemble...MORE snowflakes. Hang sand dollars on your tree, or use them on a wreath.

    If you'd like a more festive look for your coastal home during the holidays, try silver or gold spray paint on natural elements, such as shells and starfish, to give you a lot of bling for your buck.

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  • 03 of 07

    Blue and Aqua

    glass float ornament
    Sand and Sisal

    What would a beach house be without some shades of blue in it? Chances are, if you decorate in this style, you have a lot of blue in your home.

    If aqua is your everyday color of choice, mix in some deeper, richer blues and greens, such as navy and emerald, for an elegant spin on your beach-inspired color scheme.

    Luckily, aqua, teal, turquoise and even navy are beautiful at Christmastime, especially when paired with metallics or shades of green. 

    Here are some ideas for using blue and aqua in your...MORE holiday decor:

    • Fill glass hurricanes with sea glass and white candles.
    • Fill a silver bowl with blue bulbs, sprigs of greenery and a starfish or two.
    • Pair aqua pillows with blue and green plaid ones for a seasonal touch.
    • Pictured: DIY Glass Float Ornaments from Sea and Sisal
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  • 04 of 07

    Nautical Elements

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    Home Made Modern

    Certain nautical-themed home accessories work at Christmastime. Rope, for instance, can be used as a tree garland, or coiled inside a clear glass bulb to hang on the tree.

    Glass floats are also beautiful as tree ornaments. Or, learn some basic nautical knots to dress up the packages under your tree.

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  • 05 of 07


    beach candle
    Here Comes the Guide

    What could be beachier than sand? Make luminaria to line an outdoor walkway or a staircase by filing lots of glass jars, vases from the dollar store, or hurricanes with sand, then nestling in some blue or white candles.

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  • 06 of 07

    Natural Textures

    beach christmas display

    Coastal homes often use a lot of natural textures and neutral colors like white, tan and gray. Luckily, these colors work great for the holidays; in fact, neutral holiday decor transitions easily from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and would blend effortlessly into a coastal-themed space.

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  • 07 of 07

    Get Colorful and Festive

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    Ashley Nicole Designs

    Finally, if you live in a truly tropical locale, give yourself permission to go for the kitsch! Pink flamingos, palm trees with lights and decorations in tropical fruit colors are sometimes the only way to go, and can be very fun and festive.

    Flamingo Christmas Wreath, $100, Ashley Nicole Designs