Creating Beach Themed Bedrooms

If you don’t have time for a vacation the next best thing is beach themed bedrooms. By using a beach theme in your bedroom you can create a serene sanctuary without ever leaving home. It is easy to do and doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.

You need to keep in mind that you are creating a peaceful place. Be aware of the colors, fabrics, and other decorative items that you use. You don’t want it to be too busy or too bold. Simplicity and light are the two keywords for your beach theme room.

Decide on a budget. How much can you afford to spend on this room makeover? More money will mean you can do things like change floor covering or even remodel a room, while very little money may mean a new comforter and window treatments. Whatever your budget, you can easily create the look you want with creative ideas.

Elements Of The Bedroom That Can Be Styled


Wallpaper is an obvious choice if you want to permanently have a beach scene on a section of the wall. Take For example this amazing Seagulls on a Beach that looks absolutely amazing on a backdrop for your bed. (You can find this and other beach inspired wallpaper on Amazon here.)

(You can find this and other beach inspired wallpaper on Amazon here.)


Furniture is key to getting the theme right. Using rustic, light shaded furniture would really tie the room together and constantly remind you of being at the beach. However if you are working on a budget, you could use vinyl wrap to upcycle existing furniture to be more rustic, like this piece below. Vinyl Wood wrap is relatively cheap and easy to work with and is available in a range of shaded on Amazon.

Vinyl Wood wrap is relatively cheap and easy to work with and is available in a range of shaded on Amazon.

Beach Themed Accessories

Accessories make the room your own. You can use anything from vintage lobster traps to sea shells to create the exact look you want.

If you love antiques then look for carved sea birds, rustic furniture, hurricane lamps and other items that will work well with your theme. Distressed furniture is perfect. Amazon is a great place to start if you are looking for these items. Old painting and prints of clipper ships, ocean scenes, and even fish can be the perfect finish. You can get some fantastic inspiration by check out New England bed and breakfast sites and looking at the rooms they offer.

For that tropical look, primitive statues, starfish, and colorful posters can add the vacation look you want. And, for the serene, tonal look keep things simple.

The rest of the effect can be achieved by a range of accessories.

Other Beach Bed Room Theme Styling Advice

Color Sets the Mood

While a bright colorful theme may be perfect for a beach themed den, it may be too much in a bedroom. Tropical colors are wonderful to create a beach theme but in a bedroom you want to use them sparingly or tone them down to pastels.
  • A classic beach palette is created by using red, white, and blue. Again, consider the feel that you are going for. Red, white and blue may be exactly what you want but you will use it differently in a bedroom than in one of the public rooms of the house.
  • Pastel tones would include those that suggest sand, sky, and surf.
  • Seafoam greens, sandy tans and browns, and pale blues are a perfect reflection of the serene beach.
  • Or, a soothing combination of white, cream, and sand colors can create serenity almost anywhere.

Tropical Themed Bedrooms

When some people think of the beach they think of the tropics. Bright colors, light, gauzy fabrics, and bold prints create this look.

This can be too much in a bedroom if not done carefully. Try using pastel tones of the bright tropical colors. Coral, pink, or pastel yellow can pair with a lush tropical green or blue to give the feel that you are looking for without the busy-ness of all of the colors.

Ceiling fans, gauzy curtains, mosquito netting; all of these add to that lush tropical vacation feel that you have been craving. Keep the bed simple, maybe just a platform style with no headboard, and add vintage cruise and travel posters. Art Deco styling seems to go especially well with this look.

Classic Beach Themed Bedrooms

If you wanted to go with a classic nautical themed bedroom and use the red, white, and blue color scheme you should plan on plenty of white to keep things peaceful and clean looking. Add texture rather than color to the walls; white bed-board over white paint, for example. A wood floor works great in this style room. You can leave the floor bare or add a braided rug for a rustic New England look.

Using a patchwork quilt on a wrought iron or classic four poster bed is a good way to bring the red and blues that you crave into the room. Curtains can be crisp white cotton, or a blue ticking stripe. Add a Windsor chair, a shaker rocker, or even an Adirondack chair and you will have a beach themed bedroom with a “Down East” look that is hard to resist. Colonial styles are a natural with this look.

Serene Sand and Surf

For this look you will want to keep everything pretty neutral. Walls painted in sandy tones or your favorite pastel hue work well for the color.

Add soft, white fabric to the bed and light, breezy curtains at the window (also in white). Use texture rather than color to create interest. A white, woven bedspread, creamy silk pillows; think of layers of texture.

Find Your Inspiration

Look at plenty of pictures to get ideas and then just do it. If you don’t like the look when you are done it can be changed. You can even add a CD of beach sound to keep things sweetly calm.

Your bedroom should be a place where you can totally relax. A beach themed bedroom can create a sanctuary that refreshes and restores you when it is done with thought and creativity.