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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) | Fabric.com

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

Insider Finds from High Point Furniture Market

Twice a year High Point Furniture Market opens its showrooms to throngs of buyers, designers and architects from around the world to view the latest furnishings and accessories.  This week is one of the two weeks.  I spent the first weekend at the showrooms and there are some really wonderful new products and, as can be expected, some not so wonderful.  As a designer, sometimes you have to kiss a lot of furniture frogs before you can find a few princes.

Oomph Palm Beach Demi Lune Image: Oomphonline.com

Some new pieces I love are from Oomph.  They have the best lacquer tables that are available in 16 colors with 9 different table top materials.  They are also produced in the US (in Connecticut) and won’t break the bank!

Currey Newsprint Table Lamp

Image: http://www.curreycodealers.com

The High Point Furniture show is not just about furniture but also features accessories and lighting. Currey and Company Lighting was another winner for my trip. The lamp above is actually made from recycled newsprint. Nice to see a continued dedication by manufacturers to do right by the environment.

 

This fun, magenta chandelier needs just the right whimsical space, and it might not necessarily be where you expect. Don’t think this wouldn’t be amazing hanging as a pair over a kitchen dining island!

hot pink chandelier Image: curreycodedealers.com

This is a fun storage trunk that would be terrific as a beach house storage piece and conversation starter.

kotari Trunk, Currey

Image: Curreycodealers.com

Natural Light has a fabulous program for mixing and matching lamp bases, colors, shades, and finials.  They start with the base of which there are 12 style choices and then you choose from 35 colors.  It is a fabulous!

The High Point Furniture Market really does provide some great interior design inspiration and lots of exercise since there are 10 million sq. ft. of showroom spaces, 2000 exhibitors, and 180 buildings to work your way through.  Approximately 80,000 people attend each market!

As it’s only open to designers, architects, and retailers, I always make sure to attend each fall and spring so that our design firm is up to date and well-versed on what is out there to best suit each of our clients.

 

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