Bubbly and breezy, what’s not to love about a coastal bathroom? Maybe it’s the slatted beadboard detailing, the crisp white finishes, or the anchor emblems that do the trick, but (for decor addicts especially) a chic coastal bath can be just as dreamy as the beach itself! Want to know the secret to creating a shore-inspired, spa-like retreat? Here are seven quick and easy steps to creating a relaxing and rejuvenating coastal bathroom!
1 | A Calming Color Palette
The first step to creating a coastal oasis that’s straight out of the Caribbean is to find the right colors to bring it to life! Capturing that shade where the sky meets the sea can be a little elusive. Luckily, our partner The Creativity Exchange breaks down some coastal color palettes with hues of seafoam greens and airy aquas. For a spa-inspired feel, select cool and soft shades of blue! Not only do they remind you of the sea, but they’re easy on the eyes and are scientifically proven to help you relax and unwind! (Decorators tip: If you want an energizing accent shade, try adding tropical greens, sunny yellows, or warm corals to liven up the look!)
2 | Distressed Detailing
Chances are you’ve never run across a dock or lighthouse without some weather-worn charm! Distressed finishes are a sure sign of the shore and are a key element of any complete coastal look. You don’t have to rethink your vanity finish for this one! Try using small touches in your mirrors, frames, and decorative accessories to reflect this trend! These distressed woods can be any size shape or color, but for an “au naturale” feel go for whitewash or driftwood finishes that add dimension. Don’t forget to offset your distressed finishes with natural and crisp white ones for a perfectly imperfect look … like the coast itself!
3 | Organic Touches
Now that you’ve got your walls and woods figured out, it’s time to start thinking about the basics. Natural elements are an important part of coastal style and they’re what makes the look so distinct and unique! Start off building your bath area by finding beach-inspired, organic accents. Work in some tropical greenery, rope-trimmed accessories, or sand and shells handpicked from the shore! These decorative details give your bathroom authentic vibes and create a lush look that’s not too overwhelming, but just right for relaxation!
4 | Seaside Imagery & Coastal Characters
Adding characters through art and accessories give your coastal bath personality. Don’t be afraid to get a little creative with your coastal characters and imagery to enhance the overall appearance! If you want a coastal kids bathroom to be a little whimsical, mermaids and pirate ships do the trick, but if you want to go for a calming but still chic atmosphere, work in a few ocean view landscapes to pull off the look! These emblems are what’s going to give your bathroom and your style that extra spark. (Personally, I’m partial to whales… if you’re up for a suggestion! )
5 | An Aromatic Atmosphere
The little detail you need to complete your seaside-inspired spa is right under your nose, literally! Scents are the ultimate accessory for your coastal bath because they stimulate the senses and help you de-stress! Whether it’s from a fresh jar candle or tart burner, a coastal scent opens up the room by putting that easy, breezy, beach aura in the air! Stick with an ocean scent to take your look over the top, or go for a clean linen to de-clutter the mind! If you want to keep the look lively, try a tropical coconut or sweet hibiscus aroma.
6 | Plush Textiles
Now that’s you’ve got your coastal style perfected, it’s time to think about those touches that make your bathroom practical. That’s why good textiles are crucial to your beach house bath! Salty toes and sandy hair are fun for awhile, but at some point you just want a good ol’ shower. Hang plush, luxurious bath towels on a handy set of hooks to keep them off the floor.
7 | Storage Space to Spare
From sandy towels to SPF, your coastal bath is going to need more than enough storage space to wrap up a beach day! Make sure that your walls are equipped to handle a collection of clean, sandy, spare, and sometimes over-sized towels. You’re also going to want a laundry hamper handy or designate a basket to keep wet bathing suits and beach towels off the floor! Finish it up with a sleek and chic organization tray for the vanity or storage shelf for your toiletries. Your extra sunscreen, beach goddess hair products, and after-sun aloe can cramp up those countertops.
Can you hear the waves yet? (If not I’ll totally find you a conch.) Comment below and let us know what coastal bathroom decorating tricks and tips you have up your sleeve! Don’t forget, you can always tag us with #mykirklands and @kirklands to share your favorite coastal treasures, trends, and decorating ideas!