It goes without saying that beach style and summer go hand-in-hand. Of course, the idea of switching to beach or coastal style as summer rolls around is one that is often relegated to the bedroom, patio or bathrooms. Not many among us want to constantly tweak around the style of the living. And to be very honest, it is not something that is always possible or affordable. Yet, for those looking to give their old, tired living room a modern, cheerful upgrade or homeowners starting afresh, beach style is indeed the perfect option.
Modern beach style incorporates within it many elements that make it perfect for almost every home. They combine breezy, neutral backdrops with bright pops of color and more to create a visually engaging and relaxing living. The best part about it all is the way the style can be used in living room of almost any size – from the uber-small to the expansive. This is a look at some of the best small beach style living rooms along with tips and ideas on how to decorate them in an aesthetic manner –
Colors Inspired by Sun, Sand and Surf
Choosing a color scheme for the small beach style living room is anything but complicated. You start off with the backdrop and considering both the style and the available space, it is neutrals that definitely work the best. Off-white, light cream, gentle browns and other colors inspired by the hues of a sun-soaked beach are an obvious choice in here. You can add to this accent features and sections that contain a dash of blue and a pinch of yellow for a vibrant and exquisite living space. Other bright colors like green, red and coral are also absolutely welcome in here.
Light, Shiplap and Natural Materials
Once you have settled on a color scheme for the living room, you can move ahead with other details that give it a more authentic beachy vibe. Shiplap walls easily usher in this coastal vibe while striped walls and accent features in blue and white also work very well. Both the elements add a certain textural and visual charm to the living space and bring pattern without going overboard.
Another key element of the beach style living room is ample natural light- a feature that is even more important in the small living space. You can combine sources of natural light like the windows, clerestory windows and skylights with recessed lights and smart chandeliers to drive out any sense of darkness.
A Style Perfect for Congested Spaces
Putting aside the many aesthetic benefits of the beach style living room, what makes it just so perfect for the small living space is the de-cluttered minimalism that it naturally offers. Beach style living rooms in neutral colors and with plenty of natural light tend to reduce visual fragmentation of space and give the impression of stepping into a room that is much larger than it really is. Combine it with a dining area and kitchen in similar style to create a charming and airy open plan living.