Whether you have a beach house in need of on-theme decoration, or just dream of some day adding one to your real estate portfolio, here are 20 stylish ideas for getting your coastal getaway into ship-shape.
In the library of a Cape Cod home, the wing chair was bought at Chelsea Antiques, and the antique brass bed is covered with indigo fabrics and pillows made from grain sacks; the ceiling fixture is crafted from a salvaged boat hatch, and the walls and ceiling are painted in Benjamin Moore's Dash of Curry.
In a Ralph Lauren exec's beach house, a George Nelson pendant light hangs above the dining table, whose base is a tree trunk salvaged from the beach; the armchairs are by Ralph Lauren Home, the photograph is by Lynda Churilla, and the pillows are a mix of Ralph Lauren Home fabrics and a vintage check.
In Amy Fine Collins' Fishers Island home, a guest room's 1920s wicker chairs are original to the house, the 19th-century table is American, the rug is by Doug and Gene Meyer, and the wall treatment is by Robert Hoven.
Antique Italian mirrors hang above consoles by Conde House in the living room of a Capri villa; the slipper chairs are by Creazioni, and the antique tile flooring is original to the house.
In a California home, stools by Julian Chichester line the vintage bar, which was bought locally at the Tyler Florence Shop, the sink fittings are by Lefroy Brooks, and the cane chair, found at the Santa Monica flea market, has cushions of Josef Frank linen by Svensket Tenn; the checkerboard floor is painted in Farrow & Ball's Off-Black.
The beds in a guest room of a beach house in Comporta, Portugal are topped with crocheted-cotton coverlets from Bulgaria, the wall hanging is Portuguese, and the tile floor is original to the house.
In a modern Pacific Palisades home, the entry's console was modeled on a midcentury piece by Giuseppe Scapinelli, and the resin work above it is by Ron Reihel; the door is a custom design.
The painted wicker furnishings on the screened porch of this dreamy summer home are from Mainly Baskets, with cushions of a Perennials fabric; the reed armchairs are antique, the cocktail table was found at an East Hampton garage sale, the ceiling fans are by Hunter Fan, and the cement floor tiles are from Wholesale Tile by Aguayo.
In the sitting area of an upstate New York pool house, the patterned wallpaper and cushion fabrics are by Nancy Kintisch and the sconces are by Atelier de Troupe.
In Mona Nerenberg's Long Island home, the vintage French artist's table serves as the kitchen island; the stove is by Wolf, the sink and fittings are by Waterworks, and the dishwasher is by GE; the sign on the ceiling beams is original to the house.
The dining porch of this Sag Harbor retreat contains a table by Moooi, chairs by Gloster, and a teak sideboard from Mecox; the banquette is covered in a Perennials fabric, and the ceiling fan is by Haiku Home.
In the mudroom of a Long Island summer home, the walls are covered in hand-painted strié stripes, the floor is waxed ceramic tile, and the antique rug is Anatolian.
In the living room of Meredith Melling and Zach Iscol's retreat on Martha's Vineyard, which was designed by Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro of Ashe + Leandro, the sofa by Restoration Hardware is covered in a Perennials linen, the Hans Wegner chairs are upholstered in a Brochier fabric, and the walnut cocktail table and stool are custom; the rug is a vintage Tuareg, the ceiling beams are Douglas fir, and the room is painted in Benjamin Moore's Super White.
Hans Wegner Flag Halyard chairs in the living room of the same Martha's Vineyard getaway; the antique Moroccan boucherouite rug was found on Etsy, and the floor is bleached oak.
On the main terrace of a Palm Beach home overlooking the Atlantic, the sofa, cocktail table, and chairs are by, the cushions are upholstered in a fabric, and the rug is by; the landscape design is by Peggy Brazzeal.
The great room of a cottage on the Swedish island of Hölö, designed by Stockholm-based architect Ninni Ryott for her family; the custom sectional also serves as guest beds, and one of the storage units underneath is used as a cocktail table; the hemp rug is from , the fabric in the doorway is from and the sculpture fragments on the wall were discovered in the studio of the property's previous owner.
On a lakeside estate in Uruguay, the boathouse's bench is from Zimbabwe, and the room's colors we custom-mixed by Claessens.
The guest room in a Hamptons pool house contains a bed dressed in , a Swedish painted chest and a rug by ; the matchstick Roman shades are custom.
In a bathroom on the same Hamptons property, the ceiling lights are by , the walls are painted in and the window frame is painted in ; the wooden ship artwork was found in Europe.
In an Ibiza home, local-limestone floors covered in custom Spanish esparto rugs from Antonia Molina, walls in a sandy lime plaster, and a wood-beam ceiling set a rustic tone in the living room. Custom sofas by Atelier Tapissier Seigneur and curtains in a quilted Braquenié fabric; the Oeil cocktail table by Pierre Chapo is vintage, the lacquered-coral sculpture is by Maurizio Epifani, and the painting over the mantel is by Alex Katz.