Five guidelines to a vibrant beach design

After a day trip with the family to the beach towns of 30A this past weekend, I found myself real estate stalking. Based on the cheapest home I came across was in the millions, I won't be buying a house there anytime soon, but one can admire. Now, let me just say I try to come from a positive place and not be insulting of other people’s design choices.  I get that the popular linen, whitewashed beach look isn’t for everyone and can appreciate someone who wants color. However, when I came across this property I was baffled.

This property is listed for well over million dollars. As a realtor, I know some buyers have a hard time envisioning the potential a property has. In this case, if the owners did not want to invest in redecorating the property, at the very least, I would recommend taking it off the rental program, repainting, and selling it unfurnished. This goes for both vacation rentals and selling homes, the nicer it is presented the more it will rent and the quicker it well sell.

As a potential renter, the pictures do not evoke a since of relaxation, as you want to be while on vacation. The architecture of this beach home is charming and sits on prime real estate. The owner obviously enjoys color and I think was trying to inject some fun to the space? However, the décor dates it and it doesn't say "We are at the beach." Instead it looks like a 1980s pre-school. There are better ways to achieving a colorful beach look without the use of primary colored crayons.

Here are a five guidelines to achieving a vibrant beach design.

1. Start with a neutral sofa. The sofa for the most part is the biggest ticket item in a living room. A white slip-covered sofa is great. Goes with anything and can been laundered when dirty.

The sofa serves as a neutral backdrop for the red and blue accents in the room.

The sofa serves as a neutral backdrop for the red and blue accents in the room.

 

2. Bring in color through paint, pillows, rugs, etc. That way, when you get tired of the look it is much easier and less expensive to change it up by repainting or replacing accessories.

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3. Balance the light in the room. A beach look should be bright. When going bold on the walls, keep the overall look bright by reflecting light with the use of white.

Here they went with a bold blue but kept the room feeling bright by reflecting the natural light off of the white furniture, floor, and ceiling.

Here they went with a bold blue but kept the room feeling bright by reflecting the natural light off of the white furniture, floor, and ceiling.

4. Bring in natural textures associated with the beach. Some materials to consider: jute, sisal, driftwood, wicker and sea-glass.

5. Most importantly, avoid using cliche decor and use seashells with restraint.

Final note, do not be afraid to use color. Just be sure to use balance and light in your design. 

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Until next time, lovelies.