5 Modern Home Décor Ideas to Bring the Beach Inside

As I type to the sound of teeming rain outside my windows, there is no doubt I am eager for sunny days ahead. It has been an unseasonably cold, wet winter here in San Diego. Not at all what we Southern California dwellers like to brag about! But just because it’s nasty outside, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a boho beach vibe inside. A few interior decorations, a favorite photograph, or a can of paint can be all you need to transform your home into a sophisticated beachside oasis. Read on for five ocean inspired ideas for modern beach decor that works with any design style.

Minimalist Driftwood Wall Art above Antique White Console Table

Photo via In the Fun Lane

Bedroom Driftwood Wall Art with Hanging Beads and Crystals

Photo via Home Sweet Homemade

1. Driftwood Wall Hanging: Driftwood brings to mind wind swept beaches, but did you know that it can be found near lakes, rivers and even online? Grab one piece or several to upcycle into your very own beach-style wall art.


Narrative Decor Ocean Waves Crashing Custom Photo Lampshade

Photo and Design via Narrative Decor

Narrative Decor Ocean Waves Custom Photo Drum Lamp Shade

Photo and Design by Narrative Decor

2. Ocean Photo Lampshade: Have a favorite beachside vacation spot? Be transported to the sand and surf year-round with a custom lampshade made from your personal travel photograph.


Coastal Dining Room with Sea Glass Tabletop Vases

Photo via Life on Virginia Street

Blue Sea Glass Chandelier Hanging Ceiling Light

Photo via Au Courant Interiors

Blue Sea Glass Tile Kitchen Backsplash with White Cabinets

Photo via Sand and Sisal, Design via Rachel Reider Interiors

3. Sea Glass Accessories: Sea glass, the beach’s own jewel, serves as perfect inspiration for refreshing ocean inspired home accents. In muted shades of blue and green, clusters of sea glass accessories can make a big impact.


Mid Century Modern Dining Room Set with Aerial Beach Photograph

Photo and Design via Emily Henderson

White and Gray Bedroom with Turquoise Ocean Photograph Art

Photo via Adore Home Magazine, Design by Three Birds Renovations

4. Aerial Beach Photography: Make a statement, statement art that is, with a large scale photograph of a beach scene. As opposed to a gallery wall displaying multiple photos, adorning your wall with just one large, framed print makes for a more modern design.

Turquoise Blue Ombre Painted Antique Dresser

Photo via Refunk My Junk

Teal Turquoise Ombre Painted Beach House Walls

Photo via Elle Decor

Blue Teal Turquoise Ombre Gradient Painted Staircase

Photo via Real Simple

5. Turquoise Ombre Paint: Bring the colors of the ocean indoors with a gradient paint effect. In gorgeous shades of turquoise, teal and blue, this creative decorating technique can be applied to furniture, walls or even a staircase.

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Heather Vecellio
Love this, Kara! Our next vacation I’m taking photographs with narrative Decor in mind !

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