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Style guide: 13 interior ideas that will make you long for the ocean

Add a splash of by-the-sea style to your home with these ideas for your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 11-03-2019 11:45am

Like to be beside the seaside but don't want to leave the comfort of your home? 

Browse 1,000s of inspiring ideas for your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom redesign

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Ancona ceramic wall tiles by Pamesa



We've found the perfect compromise with our round-up of interiors ideas that are guaranteed to make you feel like you're lying by the beach rather than sitting in the kitchen, waiting for the oven timer to go off. Promise!

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Inspiration by Bauformat Küchen GmbH & Co. KG


Let the light in
The bathroom is the obvious place to begin when it comes to incorporating a beachy (note: not nautical) twist to your home. If your soak-space boasts large windows, position your tub so you can benefit from the view; if there's a chance people can look into your space, make sure you find a suitable way to preserve your modest.

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Blinds are perfect for allowing sunlight to stream into your space, whether it's your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. For added beachy charm, paint the blinds in a relevant colour - here, for example, the cornflower blue could almost double as the ocean. (The fact they reveal a busy stretch of B-road when opened is another matter entirely.)

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Consider your palette
On the subject of colours: giving careful thought to the shades you incorporate into your paintwork is of the utmost importance. Now's not the time to add a splash - excuse the pun - of hot pink or deep purple; rather, keep things blue, grey and green to tie into your theme. 

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Head outdoors
Okay: on the off-chance your property is actually by the ocean, or a picturesque lake, or, at the very least, a swimming pool, you need to make sure the seating situation is on-point. 

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Inspiration by CRL Stone UK & IE


An outdoor four-poster that doubles neatly as a temptingly wide sofa is a no-brainer idea if you have the room for it; add blankets to keep things cosy if the temperature dips. 

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Make sure the refreshment situation is on-point, too; ice-bucket optional but definitely preferable.

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Opt for an accent wall backdrop
Using a screen or stretch of illustrated wallpaper to create a stunning feature wall is a great way to bring the outdoors firmly indoors.

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The Kameha Zurich deluxe suite bathroom designed by Marcel Wanders



Add an artistic touch
If you can't commit to a whole wall, consider artwork instead: it's perfect for brightening walls, incorporating personality and embracing the theme you're trying to create.

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Inspiration by Homestyle


Decorative details in rich ocean-conjuring shades - such as sea green, as shown here - are also perfect, as are sea glass vases.

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Invest in a sprinkling of luscious vegetation
We all know that incorporating greenery and live plants into our interiors can be great for our health - so why not pick some seabed-inspired greenery to display around your home?

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Inspiration by Waters Baths of Ashbourne


Embrace life-on-the-waves
Create a yacht-inspired feel by designing a bedroom that could easily double as a cabin. (Naturally, this is helped if your home is an actual boat, as per this stylishly laid-out barge.)

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Arguably this might work best for a novelty guest-room space rather than as a full time décor option for your boudoir but we love it no less.

Expert's corner: how to light your bathroom in style

And if all else fails...
Install a swimming pool in your garden, if you have the space, budget and inclination: it will cost a fortune, and take a long time. But no less. Go on. You know you want to.

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Inspiration by Kitchen Architecture


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Katie Byrne


Katie Byrne is a writer, editor and filter fan (coffee, not Instagram), and lives in a Georgian-built flat that features various statement cobwebs.

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