How to Design an Office in a Beach Theme


Design your office to reflect a beach theme if you find yourself wishing to be at the beach instead of the office. Whether it's a home office or your business office, the decor should be sophisticated, yet relaxing to provide a comfortable work area that's also suitable for meeting with clients or other business associates. Use aspects of a beach, such as surfing, that invoke pleasant feelings or images for you and that may lead to more productivity.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Office furniture
  • Window coverings
  • Rug
  • Lamps
  • Plants
  • Beach pictures
  • Accessories
  • Paint the walls of your office in colors that will serve as the base for the rest of your design. Choose colors that invoke instant thoughts of the beach, such as tan for the sand, light blue for the sky, a deeper blue for the water, yellow or burnt orange for the sun or sunset. The color of the walls should play off the overall theme you're using.

  • Select and arrange your office furniture. Your desk can be white with simple lines for a more casual feel, a repurposed surfboard or in a surfboard shape, wicker with a glass top, natural pine or beech. Use wicker chairs or wooden chairs with colorful cushions for clients and guests.

  • Use plantation shutters or Roman shades made of bamboo to cover your windows. Light fabrics can serve as curtains, such as mesh, see-through white fabrics, a striped cotton or a simple valance. You can even let the blinds serve as dressing enough.

  • Place a bamboo or beach-themed rug in the room. The placement depends on the size and layout of your office. For instance, if you walk through the door and see an open space on the floor, two client chairs and then your desk, you might place a proportion-sized rug behind the client chairs, in front of the door.

  • Include at least one lamp in the room, on your desk. Choose a lamp that blends in with the rest of the decor, but keeps the room fresh and gives a simple feeling. A white, ocean blue or light beige desk lamp should work well. If you have a reading corner, use a floor lamp that coordinates with the desk lamp.

  • Add a plant or two to bring the "outdoors" in. Use a small palm-inspired floor plant--real or artificial--in the corner behind your desk or a chair. Palm-type trees or plants bring greenery into the room without feeling out of place in your beach setting.

  • Hang pictures of your favorite beaches, piers or beach-themed images on the walls. Use a mirror with a seashell border. Pictures, seashells, sea glass or beach-inspired vases, candles, coasters, pictures and other accessories can be placed on tables, shelves, filing cabinets or your desk. Cushions and pillows on the chairs can include sea turtles or palm trees or any other beach motif you decide on.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose beach decor that doesn't come off "cheesy" and won't distract you. Before buying or placing an item, ask yourself whether it goes with the theme. Is it light, airy and calming? If not, use it somewhere else or avoid purchasing it.
  • Avoid adding too many small accessory items. They can cause your office to appear cluttered and may distract you when you're trying to work. Add only a couple of items so that you get the "beach" ambiance without overdoing it.

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