Beach style design guide

Bring the beach home with these coastal-inspired design, decorating, and landscaping ideas

3 ways to bring beachside style to your home

Create your own coast-inspired haven with ideas from designers in Southern California, Hawaii, and the Marin Coastline

Molly Wood Garden Design showroom in Costa Mesa, CA
Photo by Andrea M. Gómez

Find your beach decorating style

Beach style No. 1: Natural and simple

Molly Wood, owner of Molly Wood Garden Design (pictured) in Costa Mesa, CA, is inspired by Southern California's simple beach lifestyle.

To create her look:

  • Infuse decor with natural materials, like gravel, shells, sea grass, driftwood, and beach glass.
  • Contrast wild nature and clean, smooth architectural furniture against a crusty stone wall for richness.
  • Mimic the ocean’s tranquillity by choosing a palette consisting of shades of one color.
  • Use a restrained “palette” with landscaping by limiting plant varieties.
More on her ideas and accessories next.

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