Christopher Downs, owner of Christopher Home in Tiburon, gives tips on how to create a beach house look at home. He suggested
hanging buoys, yacht pennants, and old lighthouse lanterns to telegraph nautical charm. Try West Marine boating supplies as
a source for accents. Choose rough-hewn materials, like jute for a rug. And use bits of sailcloth or canvas for throw pillows
or upholstery; they not only round out the look, but lend a relaxed, lived-in feel. Give walls a slick of bright white paint,
which "instantly brings a light, summery feeling to any interior," Christopher says. Limit your palette to three or four colors—a
neutral base with graphic hues "like navy or red, to make things pop," he says.
Last Reviewed February 2012