How to Create a Beach Bungalow

Not everyone is lucky enough to live on the Central Coast, close to the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the cool coastal breeze. If you love spending time at one of the many gorgeous Central Coast beaches though, like Pismo or Avila Beach, there are tons of easy ways to make your own home have that beachy vibe. Living far from the shore doesn’t mean you can’t have the feeling of a calm, beach retreat every time you walk through your front door! From DIY decorations to the perfect paint colors, here are some ways to beach up your house.

Open Floor Plans and Airy Spaces

One of the signifying features of most beach bungalows and oceanfront homes is a very open, airy floor plan that feels breezy and allows sunlight to spill into every corner. Creating this type of room is super simple for any home, as you generally don’t need to buy any different furniture or decorations. To make your home feel like the perfect beach retreat, all you need to do is rearrange the items you already own to create a more open, inviting space. Less is more when it comes to this type of room, so definitely take a look at your most essential furniture pieces and stick with those. Here are some open floor plan ideas to help you create your perfect coastal home.

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Crisp, White Elements

A general go-to for beach bungalows is the color white. This fundamental element of coastal cottages can be implemented in so many ways to fit your taste and budget. Whether you’re looking to integrate white furniture or amp up your kitchen with white cabinets, the more white you add the more your home will transform into a breezy, seaside space. Easy ways to also do this is to simply purchase a few white decorative elements to incorporate into your home. White seashells or a new, white bedding are cheaper alternatives to making large changes to your home.

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Beach Decor

Adding beach decor is a no-brainer if you’re hoping to create a tranquil, coastal home. Because of the popularity of this style of decor, basically every home store carries beach decor year round, such as Pier 1, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Home Goods, Target, and Pottery Barn. An amazing alternative to purchasing beach decor though, is making it yourself! There are various simple DIY options to creating your own coastal-inspired decorations, easily found on Pinterest. These are convenient, cost-effective ways to make your home feel by the seashore without breaking the bank. Next time you visit the Central Coast, stay at Avila Lighthouse Suites, Pismo Lighthouse Suites, Inn at the Cove, or Best Western PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge, which are all beachfront properties where you can even gather your own natural beach items to bring home. Check out these photos of home-crafted beach decor and some of our favorite Pinterest pages for finding DIY directions.

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Pinterest Pages for DIY Beach Decor: Fave Crafts, Beach Bliss Livin, Jennifer Hope 198

Cool, Coastal Tones

If you’re really looking to give your home a beach makeover, painting your walls beach tones and colors is a sure way to make it feel cool and airy. Paint is a relatively cheap and easy way to transform your home into a coastal paradise. There are tons of color families available that provide you with the shades and names of beachy colors, which you can take into your local hardware store to be matched for paint colors. Although repainting a room or two can be a bigger project, your home will have the tranquil feelings of the seaside with this change.

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