When decorating your beach condo, remember that beach-side living is all about relaxation. Reinforce the fact that you're on vacation with furnishings and accessories that are easy to maintain. Swap cloth curtains for bamboo blinds or plantation shutters, neither of which require machine washing. Keep the furnishings the same neutral shade of sandy tan to let your accessories -- a mix of homemade and store-bought -- shine. When you're done, all you have to do is put your feet up and relax.
The Beach Vibe
Create a beach condo that's as easy on the eyes as it is to maintain with accessories and furnishings that don't require much maintenance. Skip the wallpaper, and paint each room beige with warm gray undertones. This neutral paint color, inspired by the color of wet sand, won't compete with your furnishings and won't show dirt as easily as white paint. Instead of cloth window treatments, install plantation shutters in each room. The wooden shutters are easy to maintain; they need a quick dusting, while cloth window treatments need laundering. If new flooring is an option, choose wood-look tile, which is easy to keep clean.
Continue the ease of ocean-side living with comfortable furnishings in shades of beige and white, accented with throw pillows and accessories in dark and light blue. A sleeper sofa provides seating for several and doubles as a guest bed at night. Replace the traditional coffee table and end tables with steamer trunks for both a nautical accent and storage for board games and extra blankets. Look for ways to maximize seating and sleeping arrangements, such as durable wicker chairs that can be used inside and out, as well as bunk beds in lieu of twin beds. Create continuity in the bedrooms by using the same beach-inspired bedding, such as sand-colored linen duvet covers, white sheet sets and burlap throw pillows.
Accessories not only complete each room, but reinforce the beach aesthetic. Look for signs or artwork that evoke the area, such as lighthouses, and signs for the nearest beach or your favorite clam shack. Throw pillows and floor poufs with nautical accents, such as seashells or anchors, provide comfort plus visual interest. Make your own accents by collecting seashells and pebbles found on the beach. The pebbles shine when used alongside candles in hurricane glass candle holders, while gluing seashells to a picture frame is a crafty way to spend a rainy day inside.
Outfit your condo with items long on both utility and style. Keep a supply of sturdy collapsible totes at the ready to use for specific uses, such as hauling supplies to the beach or holding dirty laundry. Invest in heavy-duty floor mats in navy blue that are specifically designed to trap the sand and water from the beach. Include trays made of wood or wicker in your kitchen and living room decor. The trays make easy work of carrying items outside in the warm weather.
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