Australians have always loved the beach. It’s only natural to want to bring some of the beautiful beach qualities into our homes, and to our bedrooms in particular. Elements of the seaside can create a sanctuary of rest and relaxation, no matter where you live. To help you create a gorgeous bedroom here are some of our favourite interior design ideas for beach chic bedrooms.
We’re lucky to have many gorgeous stretches to choose from and no two stretches are the same, whether you prefer peaceful bays or wild surf, squeaky white sand or dramatic rocks, turquoise water or natural bushland. There’s something about it that helps us loosen up and brush away the stresses of our lives just as easily as the sand from our feet. We become playful, casual, relaxed, and fully present in the moment.
As promised, below are some ideas and tips on how to bring the beach lifestyle from the outdoors to the indoors and create a coastal sanctuary to enjoy all year round.
What’s the first thing you think of when you picture the coast? It’s probably the deep azure of the sea, right? And why does your eye immediately go toward the rich blue? It’s because it’s contrasted against the beautiful neutrals of the sandy shores.
This is the secret to all beach chic interiors. What you put on the walls and the floor is incredibly important, it provides the foundation for the choices you make for the rest of your materials and furniture in the room. Look for neutral bases, like crisp whites, soft greys, watery blues, foamy greens, sandy yellows, and woody browns. These will ensure your other design touches in the room fit cohesively into your design while keeping the mood casual-coastal-chic.
There’s nothing quite as beautiful as a weather-beaten piece of driftwood. Over time, the sea sculpts it into marvellous shapes that are the perfect way to bring the outdoors into your bedroom, whether you want to use it to create a statement piece of furniture or a conversation-starting piece of decor. If you don’t live near the coast and you can’t forage for natural driftwood on your daily walk, you can achieve a similar effect with other materials. Look for things like raw or recycled timber, seagrass, wicker furniture, or even bamboo. Incorporating nature into your design is proven to have a calming effect that will help you unwind instantly.
The trick to successfully using motifs in beach chic interiors is to embrace the idea that less is more. You don’t need to have fish, shells, octopi, and boats on every wall to create a seaside atmosphere. Instead, you could look for patterned cushion covers, a couple of themed lamps, or a featured piece like a shell mirror, to create elegant accents. Choose carefully and allow each element to pop against the neutral base rather than going overboard (...see what we did there? Couldn’t resist the pun!).
It can be easy to overdo the neutrals. A simple splash of paint, or some new throw pillows, can make a big difference to creating a beach chic bedroom that is far from boring. Once you’ve got the base sorted, you can accent your interior design with pops of colour. Picture a summer holiday in your mind, and what are the key elements? Bright umbrellas? Eye-catching bathing suits? Vibrant icy poles? Slices of citrus in your drinks? Yes, coastal themes are typically light and breezy, but that only creates part of the picture. Some vivid reds, pinks, corals, oranges, yellows, and greens add a playful element that will surprise and delight your senses. Alternatively, if you prefer to keep things simple and elegant, consider some silver or deep blue highlights.
Hardwood has held the key to ocean exploration since the very first boat was floated on water. From simple fishing canoes to great ocean-going ships and modern super yachts, hardwood has appeared everywhere from hulls to masts and decks. The easiest way to bring this element into your home is by rethinking the materials used in your flooring. Hardwood floors are a great way to cool down homes in warmer climates, or provide a backdrop for stylish rugs in cooler climates, adding an elegant touch that will tie your room together. Look for local Australian timbers and choose engineered materials, because they will integrate seamlessly and be very easy to install.
A beach chic interior design basically begs for a gorgeous framed landscape photograph. However, if you’re looking for a contemporary alternative, there are a few options you could consider. It might be worth investing in a television such as a Samsung Frame, which looks like a framed artwork and displays photographs when it’s not in use. You could also consider a Pinterest-style gallery, framing smaller versions of all your favourite beach photographs and spacing them evenly along a feature wall. Another great option is to select a mirror with a cream, wood, or gilt frame, which will enhance the natural light in your space while providing practical benefits every time you get dressed.
Nothing says beach chic like stripes. The classic look is a nautical theme of bright white and rich blue with an orange accent to compliment the hue, which looks crisp and stylish anywhere from a throw on the couch to a rug on the floor. Truthfully, this will never go out of fashion, but the last few years have seen a trend towards leafy greens. Tropical plants, like palms, are synonymous with beach chic design. Adding a leafy pattern to something like a bedspread, cushion covers, or even an artwork, can freshen up a room and instantly make it feel cool and inviting. Rich greens will add a luxurious feel with a relaxing effect, meaning you can wake up to an island escape every morning.
Speaking of leaves, while gorgeous leafy patterns are a wonderful addition to any beach chic bedroom, nothing beats the real thing. Birds of Paradise, a Ficus, a Fiddle Leaf Fig, a small Palm, a Rubber Tree, or a Monstera all thrive indoors, and will look right at home in a bright white pot. Depending on your room, you could try setting one in a corner, investing in a stand to bring the plant to eye level, or even installing some ceiling hooks. Experimenting with the height of your pot plants will break up the lines of your bedroom, making the overall feel much more organic.
Finally, don’t forget your ceiling! Lighting your beach chic interior creates a wealth of opportunities to create a mood. At one end of the spectrum, for example, you could create a relaxed vibe and keep a clean finish with soft downlights. At the other end of the spectrum, you could catch the light with a statement chandelier, a coastal-themed ceiling fan, or even some tall lamps. Remodelling your bedroom also provides the perfect opportunity to make the most of the natural light in your area. Enlarging your windows slightly will make a huge difference to the feeling you have when you walk into the room, while replacing heavy curtains with light blinds or plantation shutters will help you control exactly how much light filters through, to ensure you’re always able to rest and relax.
Are you ready to kick-off your beach chic bedroom interior? One of the best places to start your bedroom transformation is from the ground-up, with the floor!
Try our floor finder quiz to help you choose the right design to bring relaxed beach vibes into your bedroom, or view our products range to match the texture and colours of your new floor to your decor. Ideal to create the mood of a beachy, chic interior, view our white wood flooring products and request a sample to see how Havwoods can help you realise all that’s loveable about the beach in a chic bedroom design.