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  • Janice Pollard

Beach House Decor: Your One-Stop Guide to Executing Coastal Vibes at your Short-Term Rental

As you prepare to welcome guests to your beachside rental, one of the most exciting aspects is curating the perfect decor. From soothing color palettes to nautical accents, it can be easy to simply choose anything with a fish or an anchor on it and call it a day. But who wants to look like everyone else?

Let's explore essential decor tips to help you create an inviting oasis for your guests that don’t look like everyone else’s vacation rental.

1. Coastal-Inspired Furniture

Begin with the foundation of your beach rental decor by selecting furniture that embraces the coastal lifestyle. Opt for sofas made from durable, easy-to-clean “performance” fabrics, such as Perennials, Sunbrella, and Crypton

Polyester blends have also come a long way, and they are much easier on your cleaning staff. Cotton and linen are fabulous for a beach vibe, but reserve those for your own home, as they can be a pain to remove stains from. 

Finally, if you get a lot of sunlight on your furniture, consider lighter fabrics to reduce evidence of fading. 

Next, add rattan, wicker, or weathered accent pieces such as coffee tables and side chairs to infuse a touch of natural texture reminiscent of driftwood washed ashore.

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  • Coastal Sofa - this one is in a performance fabric and doubles as a sleeper sofa

  • Coffee Table - I’m obsessed with this one because rattan and wicker can be fragile, especially around renters. This one is made of wood, with the rattan under glass for protection.

2. Seaside Color Palette

Channel the soothing hues of the ocean, sand, and sky with a coastal color palette for your beach rental decor. While you may gravitate toward blue tones on the walls, they can be tricky to pull off with today’s LED light bulbs. Instead, opt for soft neutrals on the walls and use blues in transient decor such as bedding and throw pillows. This will create a refreshing atmosphere that mirrors the beachfront surroundings. Incorporate pops of coral or mint green for a playful yet elegant touch that captures the essence of coastal living.

My tried and true neutral paint colors are: 

  • Sand Dollar OC-71 by Benjamin Moore. They describe it as a soft white with a pink-gray cast. I describe it as the perfect backdrop for beachy vibes.

  • Simply White 2143-70 by Benjamin Moore is a creamy white with a touch of warmth. The only time I would NOT recommend this color is if you have stark, pure white cabinets.

  • Sea Salt SW 6204 by Sherwin Williams gives you a beach vibe without skewing too blue or too green. The tricky thing with minty colors is that they can look a bit clinical depending on your lighting, so ones like Sea Salt that have a touch of gray in them are a safe bet.

Hot Tip! Don't ever choose paint colors off your monitor or your phone. It is vastly different from what you see online.

3. Beach-Inspired Wall Art:

Capture the essence of beach life with captivating wall art that transports you to the shorelines with every glance. Opt for coastal-themed paintings, prints of seashells, or framed photographs of breathtaking sunsets over the ocean. Gallery walls featuring a mix of coastal artwork can add visual interest and personality to your beach rental space.

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Hot Tip! For art specific to your region, go to and type in “beach art + [your state]” to get art that represents your region. For example, we have a lot of coastal beach towns in Michigan, but art with whales on it wouldn’t make sense.

4. Nautical Accents:

Embrace the maritime charm of nautical accents to complete your beach rental decor, but don’t overdo it at the risk of looking kitschy. Incorporate elements such as rope-wrapped lamps, driftwood pieces and jute rugs to evoke a sense of seafaring adventure. I love the idea of vintage maritime maps, which can add a touch of nostalgia to your beachside retreat, especially if it relates to that area.

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5. Relaxing Outdoor Spaces:

Extend your beach rental decor beyond the interior by creating inviting outdoor spaces where guests can soak up the sun and sea breeze. Furnish the patio or balcony with comfortable lounge furniture with plush cushions in coastal-inspired but outdoor-friendly fabric. Complete the oasis with lanterns, string lights, and potted palms to enhance the tropical ambiance and create privacy.

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As a short-term rental host, creating an inviting and comfortable space for your guests is your first priority. But incorporating coastal-inspired decor elements such as furnishings, soothing color schemes, and natural accents elevates the guest experience and ensures a memorable stay at your beach rental. 

Disclaimer: Some links featured are through an affiliate program, but the products are at no extra cost to you.

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