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3 Tips for Tasteful and Functional Beach House Interior Design

It’s summertime again! Think watermelon, warm weather, and tans! Many families travel to the beach at least once during the summer and some are even lucky enough to own a beach house. A challenge for beach house or condo owners is how to make a functional and tasteful beach house. Here are some tips to help you design your beach house!

Light colored living room

Image: ElleDecor

1. Easy Clean Fabric

You need an easy-clean, low maintenance condo or house! Be realistic, this is a place where sand is tracked in all the time! DO NOT use a fabric that is hard to clean. Think about using kid-friendly fabrics! Outdoor fabrics work best and are easy to whip off without ruining the fabric! Check out this nautical outdoor fabric design:

Premier Prints Cadence Deep Blue

Premier Prints, Cadence Deep Blue (UK-067) |

2. Waterproof Flooring

Many condos have tile throughout. While this is a great option to provide the waterproof beach house floor that is a neccessity, there are other waterproof options. Wood laminate floor is a great option for a more classic look. Make sure it is 100% waterproof!

3. Don’t Go Shell Crazy!

Many beach condos go overboard with the “beach theme”. To avoid looking cheesy, try a more toned down nautical theme. Try using a blue/navy color scheme or classic nautical accessories: anchors, sailboats, coral, etc.

Elle Decor Living Room Blue

Image: ElleDecor

In the screened porch we designed for the Charlottesville Design House we used some shell accessories. Use accessories like these and combine them with diversified nautical accessories to achieve a more timeless nautical living area in your beach house or condo!

Charlottesville Design House

Sunroom in the Charlottesville Design House

Traveling to Key West? Don’t Miss The Best Key West Spots!

After designing a cottage in Key West and having the furnishings installed, I spent some time on the island.  At 4 mi long and 2 mi wide, Key West is home to just over 25,000 people.  

Key West Island

A half day trip to the national park of Dry Tortuga was very special.  We took a seaplane the 70 miles to the island with Fort Jefferson on it and spent several hours exploring the Fort and the surrounding waters.

Fort Jefferson

Fort Jefferson, Key West

Fort Jefferson, Key West


National Park Dry Tortuga

Another morning, a kayak trip was two hours of pretty heavy paddling through mangrove water paths where we saw sea cucumbers, fish and star fish.

Dry Tortuga, Fort Jefferson
We went to some of the best key west restaurants were places like 7 Fish and Cafe Sole for dinner and Camille’s, Sarabeth and Blackfin Bistro for lunch.

Southernmost, Key West
The best Key West hotel I think is the Southernmost on the Beach.  It has beautiful rooms, view and a great staff including concierge extraordinaire Jules! Certainly much different from the Washington D.C. hotels I’m used to, but fun all the same!

Key West ship


Best Key West shopping is at the very eclectic Besame Mucho in Bahama Village.

There is very distinctive key west architecture that is very much of the island.