How To Turn Your Home Into An Updated Beach Bungalow

Being from Florida, we see many beach houses through the years, and many of them look exactly the same with the same beach decor. They tend to strive for a “Hamptons” look where mostly everything is white, and sometimes, it looks nice while others it doesn’t. Either way, they all look the same. People are afraid to try to incorporate typical beach colors in their beach decor, because it can look cheesy. We want to lead you to thinking about an elegant and relaxing beach home that includes stylish beach decor. Colors and all.

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When it comes to colors, we mentioned typical beach colors. We’re talking about blue, green, sand, and white. That doesn’t mean add in coral! Why some people do this is still in question. Just pay attention to the colors of the coast and let them lead you to your décor.

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When you are picking your furniture, especially for the “hangout” spots, think about shapes, forms, and textures that remind you of the beach. This goes for the beach décor as well, not just the furniture. It doesn’t even have to be items from a store. Create décor by placing what you find on the beach in apothecary jars. Instant beach décor!

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Now, for some secrets we’ve kept bottled up but haven’t thrown in the ocean quite yet… (See what we did there?)

Fade-proof fabrics for curtains

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These will immediately become your home’s best friend and your pocket’s savior. Not only are these fabrics still beautiful, but also if your home gets a lot of sunlight, this will save you from buying new curtains all the time.

Add Prints

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Yes, we want to keep it soothing and calm, but add subtle prints. This means you can use a soft pattern accent rug or accent chair or both! You can mix it up and boost up your home’s visual interest. Just make sure you read our mixing patterns how-to for extra tips and tricks.

Bold Backsplash

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Kitchens can look very beautiful but also very bland being white, tan, or even using blue pastels. Granted, the ocean view is probably the highlight of your home, but why can’t your backsplash be too?

Wooden Towel Rack

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Seeing towels hung over the end of doors and thrown about waiting to dry can really ruin a stylish look of the home. Instead, use a reclaimed-wood ladder to hang the towels on. It adds a little rustic flare but also keeps things tidy.

Super-Size Your Dining Table

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With a beach house, you are probably the host of many dinners! Maximize your dining room capacity by super sizing your table. This also gives you the opportunity to create a larger centerpiece using your extra beach décor.

Hopefully this has helped you find a balance between beachy and elegance and has shown you how to successfully turn your home into an updated beach bungalow!

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Laundry Room Updating Essentials

Every room needs an update every once in awhile, and let’s just be honest with ourselves, our laundry room is always the last room to be updated. Not to fear though! You’ll love updating your laundry room with our fun, trendy ideas!

Paint

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The best way to really make a difference in any room is by painting. Different paint colors give off different vibes causing the look and feel of the room to transform. It’s also pretty much the most inexpensive way to change up a room. In a laundry room, we personally think the best way to go with paint is a very light blue-green color, such as Sea Foam by Benjamin Moore or Copen Blue by Sherwin Williams.

Storage

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We all know storage is absolutely vital in a laundry room, and sometimes even though we have so much room, it still isn’t enough! If there’s an empty wall or a wall with artwork you don’t care for much anymore, bring down the artwork and add shelving there. You’ll be surprised at how much space it really opens up for you to use.

Staining the Floor

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If you have a basement laundry room, lots of the time, it has a cold concrete floor. Not only is it cold and uncomfortable, but it also darkens the room. Go ahead and paint over the concrete or stain it and add a rug to help out with the comfy aspect. It will be much easier on your feet and your eyes! Check out our post about staining concrete to make it easier on you.

Sock Finder

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Everyone is aware that all washer and dryers eat socks. No one knows where they go. They just disappear, but not anymore! We have two ways to solve this problem. You can make a sock jar and put all socks that lose their friends in a jar. At the end of laundry day, dump it out on the counter and find the matches. The other way to can solve this problem is by making a cute “Sock Finder” line that hangs in your laundry room, and you can clothes pin all the lost socks to it until you find their other half. You’ll never lose a pair again!

Lint Can

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Accompanying your trashcan in your laundry room, you should have a lint can. What is a lint can, you might ask. It’s pretty self-explanatory; it’s a can that holds lint. Here’s the catch, though. You can use an outdoor box and hang it up right next to the dryer. You just empty it at the end of laundry day, and voila!

Detergent Dispenser

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This idea we actually found and think it’s completely genius! We all know it’s annoying to lift the detergent jug all the time, and it tends to get on the side and can be messy. Instead, pour the detergent in a beverage dispenser. You don’t have to move it anymore and it just pours out with the lift of a small handle. The best part: you can do it with your softener, too!

Hopefully, you will enjoy one of these ideas that will give your laundry room a new look and feel. Our last tip: any change in décor may work as well!

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