In a perfect world, we’d all have a beach house to escape to when we need a break from life. If you’re fortunate enough to have one, you want it to look natural and inviting. This means taking the time to decorate it that way, which can be both fun and challenging. To do this on a budget, you may want to do the work yourself. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of hiring an interior designer is more than $5,500. And while you’re getting your DIY on, you may as well incorporate some eco-friendly ideas into your new decor. Here are some helpful tips to get you started:
Reclaim Some Wood
Have you ever taken a walk around your backyard and noticed a variety of tree limbs that look almost artistic? If so, you may want to pick up a few of these to help you decorate. They are a sure conversation starter because of the unique look they can add to your home. There is nothing like having decor that is both unusual and eco-friendly, not to mention free!
This idea is something similar to what you might find in some of the best beachfront corona del mar properties, for example, which are available on the market right now.
In addition to tree limbs, you can use various types of wood for other areas of your home. Beaches are a great place to find driftwood that is already smooth and sand-worn. You could also make planter boxes from reclaimed wood, or grab used pallets to make shelves or even create a piece of furniture. In keeping with a relaxed beachy atmosphere and green decor theme, top these off by adding plants like succulents that will stand the test of time and don’t need a great deal of work to maintain.
Make Your Own Side Tables
One of the easiest ways to make a room feel closer to “finished” is to add accent furniture, and end tables will come in handy inside and out at any beach house. They can add a special touch to any room, especially if you choose to get a bit creative.
Going back to nature for a minute, have you ever seen a tree stump and thought that it would make a great table? This is a great, simple idea and one that can be both thrifty and eco-friendly.
Look around your backyard and neighborhood to find a great tree stump to use. For a small table, you’ll simply need to level off the top and bottom of the stump so it will sit flush on the floor and have a level surface. If you want something bigger, like a coffee table, two short, stocky stumps can be placed side by side, leveled off, and topped with a piece of beveled glass or even an old reclaimed door to make a coffee table.
Taking these small steps to improve your space without harming the environment is well worth the effort. There’s little that is more relaxing than spending time at the beach, and environmentally-friendly, natural decor can help you stress less and relax more.