Even though we’re a few states away from the coastline, that doesn’t mean we can’t bring the beach to us. Consider these five easy design tips to add some coastal chic to your Utah home:

 

Tap Mother Nature

starfish
Image via KDHamptons

Summertime is great for bringing coastal inspiration into your home décor. Starfish, shells, corals, driftwood and just about anything else Mother Nature washes ashore can provide you with the decorations you need to festoon your house with a beachy theme. Consider purchasing manmade replicas of starfish and shells for a more wildlife-friendly option.

 

Go Nautical

nautical flags

In 1855, Great Britain established the International Code of Signals, using flags as a way for ships to communicate. Add a nautical flare to your décor by displaying these nautical flags on walls, draping them across furniture and displaying them just about anyplace else you want to bring the sea to you.

 

Or Even More Nautical

Interior windowsill in a rustic style. Ship with shells of the old lamp and a wicker basket on a windowsill.

Love life on the sea? Look in antique stores and on eBay for nautical lanterns, propellers and other maritime mainstays. Then frame nautical maps, charts and blueprints to add to the coastal ambience.

 

Surfs up!

surfboard
Image via Disney Tourist Blog

Incorporate surfboards throughout your home by converting one into a table, a headboard, countertop or use it for shelving. Prop one up against the wall, and entertain family and friends with a private viewing of Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon in “Beach Blanket Bingo.”

 

Beachfront Backyard

sign
Image via Completely Coastal

Still not beachy enough for you? Create a fun focal point in your backyard with a painted driftwood directional sign. Decorate your privacy fence by hanging buoys and ringed life preservers. Hang a hammock between two trees, sprinkle some white beach sand underneath it, and pretend you are lazing away on Gilligan’s Island.

 

Let your love of the beach and your imagination guide you in transforming your house into a secluded island retreat. Then put on your flip-flops, don your shades, pour yourself a cold ice tea, and imagine the sounds of waves and shorebirds washing over you!