How to Decorate Your Home in a Lakeside Theme


Lakeside-themed home decor is the perfect motif for houses or vacation cabins situated on or near a lake. Bringing aspects of the home's natural setting into the interior of the house can create an open, peaceful living space. Decorating your home with a lakeside theme does not have to be difficult or expensive. This process can be as elaborate as your time and budget allows. It does not have to be a major project, but can be done slowly, piece by piece and over time.

  • Bring elements from the natural lakeside setting into the home. For example, fill a tall vase with different rocks from the lake. Begin with sand, then small rocks, and gradually larger rocks to create an artistic effect. Remember the lake itself isn't the only element of a lakeside setting. If the lake is surrounded by trees or forest, you could use a tree stump as an end table to transfer the rugged lakeside setting into the home itself.

  • Hang wall artwork that features lake-related scenes and landscapes. Take your own photos of the lake near your home, enlarge, frame and hang them on your walls. Watercolor paintings also work well in lakeside-themed houses as their watery appearance reflects the nearby lake. The artwork does not need to be only landscapes, but can feature other elements of lakeside life. For example, artwork that has boats, anglers, ducks or children swimming would all work well for a lakeside-themed home. Any old, weathered-looking signs having to do with fishing or boating would make perfect wall art for lakeside homes. Old signs can be purchased in antique stores or online at auction websites such as eBay.

  • Pick fabric for bedding, pillows and curtains that has a lakeside element to it. This might merely be a color that mirrors that of the lake, or it could be a printed pattern such as boats or fish.

  • Transform everyday lake-related items into artwork to place around the home. For example, old fishing rods can be placed elegantly in a bundle in the corner of the living room. A fishing net can be hung across the ceiling over a chess table or a reading chair to help separate the area visually from the rest of the room. An old row boat oar can be hung on the wall in a way that compliments the living space.

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