A piece of salvaged crown molding serves as a shelf and holds a collection of sea coral above an understated metal bed.
The bunk room is also home to this black cabinet, which houses nautical artifacts and aquatic-themed artwork. Old tennis rackets hang above art, reinforcing the room's sporty theme.
All the upholstery, cushions, duvets, and shams can be unzipped and put in the washing machine. Even the white draperies, which billow so romantically when the louvers in the living areas are open, are a linen/polyester blend.
Use extra-long twin beds and a neutral color palette like brown and white to make this guest bedroom suitable for all ages.
When decorating this Mexican hideaway, designer Myra Hoefer wanted the house to look like it had been abandoned years ago, and the sand and sea had swept over it. All of the items in the house would have been washed up from a shipwreck on the beach. "Spanish settlers would have brought these beds over with them," Hoefer says of this iron four-poster bed with an almost colonial look to it.
The coastal landscape inspires the decor in this Idea House guest suite. The floral print of the bed linens and the bamboo planking on the bed are subtle references to the coastal landscape.
In kid-friendly spaces, there's no such thing as pattern overload. Combine stripes, polka dots, and prints with chenilles and cottons for a lighthearted look. Pick a two-tone palette, such as green and blue, and use several shades of each hue.
It’s exotic and functional, with fun written all over it!” says the interior designer of the second-floor guest room. Teak platforms suspended from heavy-gauge rope take center stage, while a punchy striped fabric on the wall and Roman shade creates a seamless backdrop. “I don’t use orange often,” the designer says. “But here it provides a surprising pop of color.” Engineered hardwood flooring echoes the rich graining of the bed platforms, and offers tropical-wood appeal at a fraction of the cost. It’s environmentally friendly, too!
In this beachside bunkroom in South Carolina, a pop of solid color against the small-scale print anchors the space while still keeping the mood light and the look cohesive. The rug picks up on the other blues so that the patterns can coordinate, not clash.
Lemonade colored walls in this child's room create a summery backdrop for the cool blue and green fabrics.
To augment the Anglo-Caribbean design, the architect raised the porches and ceilings, adding the all-important transoms, so the residents would have a spectacular view of the ocean from the moment they stepped through the main entry doors.
In the oceanside bedroom, a palm motif reigns. The accent crops up on neutral bedding, lamps, the rug, even on the finials on the canopy bed.
Pink bed linens balance the rustic wood paneling in this Key West, Florida bedroom. Accents of lime green and turquoise play off of the lush tropical vegetation outside.
Cantilevered frames and a compact design make these bunks a sculptural update on the classic. The lacquered wood finish makes them extra durable, too, to hold up under a stream of sleepover guests. Bedding with modified stripe motifs completes the picture of camp-style coastal quarters in this Malibu Beach, California, bunkroom.
Plantation shutters and an ornate chest-turned-window seat are classic West Indies refinement. A colorful, quilted bedspread and mosquito net canopy complete this elegant, tropical style.
This eco-friendly master bedroom in Pacific Palisades, California, eliminates all frills and leaves only function. A built-in unit serves as both a headboard and useful storage space. Simple bed linens echo the watery blue of the shore just outside.
Soft and hard elements combine in this St. Barts bedroom, defining the luxurious simplicity of West Indies style. The homeowners chose a restrained palette of black, white, yellow, and blue that rests against large white shuttered windows. A dramatic modern Gothic headboard stands out against the peaceful space.
Outfitted with twin beds, lamps, side tables, and folding benches, this guest bedroom uses traditional blues and whites to create a soothing coastal space. Chocolate brown cane-and-rattan headboards add a graphic, tropical touch.
The designer, Jane, stuck to an all-white palette to make this cottage guestroom feel larger. The wave pattern on the pillow adds a focal point.
Strong greens, blues, and yellows reflect the palette of tropical gardens and the sunlit sea that's visible out every window.
Prints of tankers, starfish, and a model sailboat add a nautical splash to this tailored area.
Just a splash of the unexpected here and there – such as the hot pink bean bag chairs and bold lamps – is a great way to introduce some brightness in an all-white room.
In this master bedroom, a tin palm basks in the sunlight.
This master bedroom has an abundance of windows in order to take in coastal views. Large-scale print wallpaper and matching bedding gives the space a cozy feeling, while a woven rug and Roman shades balance the dramatic blue print.
A woven headboard paired with soft green-and-blue bed linens give this master bedroom in Santa Cruz, California, a laid-back, earthy feel.
The organic nature of woven accents lends a hint of rustic charm to this white master bedroom in Southern California and keeps things casual by bringing beachy textures indoors. The headboard bears rope detail that references sailing motifs.
A nearly 17-foot long headboard hugs the large bed and all who sleep in it. Grass cloth wall coverings lend texture to an otherwise uncluttered master bedroom with enviable views of the Pacific Ocean. For a touch of shimmer, the designer lined the floor of the rarely used fireplace with broken sea glass.
Beach houses should be casual, so don't feel like everything has to match. They can also be a great place to incorporate travel souvenirs into your decor. You'll feel like you're on vacation year-round.
This home's interiors include a mix of custom furnishings, such as this four-poster bed from Bali. Tropical palm, bamboo, and pineapple motifs accessorize the simply furnished guest room.
In a child's room, an antique hutch keeps toys and books handy between Nantucket-style twin beds.
The hand-painted cloth by Lahaina artist Betsy McClintock mimics the banana palms just outside the door of this master bedroom. A television is hidden in the hand-carved chest at the foot of the bed.
Warm wood paneling is the perfect feature for a coastal room. This bedroom has a boat-like varnished finish that also tempers intense sunlight that streams in during the day.
Let the way you showcase your collectibles be as creative as the items you display.
A soothing mix of turquoise and lavender frames this master bedroom's stunning ocean views. The seashell side table is a veritable work of art, as are the lighthouse posts for the built-in headboard.
Shades of aqua and seafoam create a luxurious island atmosphere for this master bedroom. The bed faces pocket doors that open to the pool terrace and a private, intimate sitting nook.
A coastal beach theme exaggerated with bright greens, cool blues, and earthy browns creates a perfect sanctuary for a little boy in this California beach home.
Whitewashed furniture, like the bedside table and bench at the foot of the bed add soothing casualness to this Seaside, Florida master bedroom. Vaulted, wood-paneled ceilings lend a sense of drama to the room.
Wood paneling and a vaulted ceiling gives this Bailey Island, Maine bedroom a cozy, vintage feel. Simple striped bed linens and blue and green accents are playful and suit the coastal setting.
Grass skirts make a festive canopy or bed skirt when trimmed. Use a fresh coat of paint to perk up a bedroom, but leave the linens white for balance.
A bamboo ceiling, tall white wainscoting, built-in closets with louvered doors, and ocean-blue walls lend character to this guest room.
This California home, with no airconditioning, was built with plenty of windows and French doors to let the breezes in.
Various tones of light sandy colors (from the headboard to the drapes) keep the mood calm in the master bedroom of this South Carolina beach home. Super-soft linen duvet covers like this one feel as inviting as they look. The contemporary print of the bench and throw pillow references the watery surroundings without being clichéd.
Muted shades of blue and brown pull together a variety of prints and patterns in this guest bedroom.
Natural wood, white, and black all act as neutrals, so don't be afraid to combine them with a vibrant shade. Let an accent color, such as kiwi green, leave its mark on the space.
Oversize drum shades help to balance the linear walls, headboard, and nightstands in this Laguna Beach bedroom. The bright striped wallpaper look can be achieved with paint by choosing vibrant colors in at least 4-inch-wide stripes.
Create a bunk room in an otherwise unusable attic space. Back-to-back beds fit right in this long, narrow room, while the steeply pitched ceiling makes the space cozy for kids.
Off the great room, French doors open to an ethereal bedroom, bedecked in calming neutrals and luxurious fabrics. Above the stove-black, pencil-post bed, a ceiling fan circulates air, adding a seductive breeze that billows the fabric. The fan's durable resin blades, powder-coat finish, and stainless-steel hardware protect it from the damp coastal climate.
With built-in storage and a hidden trundle below, this reading nook is an effortless addition to a guest bedroom.