Beach house bedroom

With warmer weather on your side, it’s time to start thinking about the beach house. Prepare for guests and visitors, and make some changes to impress your company that will also help you feel even more comfortable in your space.

Weekends by the water

Here are five budget-friendly ways to give your beach house a new look.

Color combo

Adding touches of color to your existing space can make a heavy impact. Choose colors that complement your surroundings while also bringing brightness to the space. Earth tones, orange, shades of green and shades of blue are all colors that favor the beach. Bringing in these colors can be done easily by the use of fabrics, decor or paint. Create an accent wall for under $100 by picking up a can of paint and a beach sign for wall decor at a local home discount store. Complement a clean and crisp living room by adding bright colored curtains, or change out the bedding to something a little more cheerful while keeping in touch with the beach.

A few ideas on how to add orange to the room >>

Entertain outdoors

Transform that outdoor space into your ideal entertaining space. The evenings can call for family dinners, weekend visitors or even a night in with the locals, so why not utilize your outside seating area by simply making a few changes. Fashionable chair cushions, candles, new serving dishes, colored wine glasses and coordinating place mats can give a new look to an unused or outdated area. With these few changes, you will be entertaining in style.

Create a special space

Your weekends and summers at the beach should be a relaxing time. Create a space that helps take you to that relaxation state with a reading nook set up in your bedroom or living area. Using a chair you already have, add a foot stool, a small book shelf and a trinket or two, and you'll have yourself a book station. To add a little something extra to the space, add a framed quote that inspires you from a favorite novel or author.

Another space idea to consider >>

Beach house decorBring the outside in

Pulling in the outdoor elements is a staple for beach homes. Visit a local discount home store, such as HomeGoods, and look for items that coordinate with your style and surroundings to add a fresh look to your house. Sea shells, vases, books, driftwood-inspired pieces, wall signs and photo frames are all items that can be rotated each season to help give an overall facelift to a room.

Here are a few more ideas for inexpensive decor >>

Pillows and throws galore

Campfires, breezy mornings and cool evenings come with the beach territory. Having multiple throws on hand for comfort and warmth are ideal, but consider them decor as well. Don't be afraid to have throws displayed in every room -- and multiple ones, at that! The same rules apply to pillows: the more, the merrier. Pillows and throws can bring color to a light-toned couch or to a muted room while making a statement. Peruse a local discount home store and discover the fabric specials that can help make an impact while easily staying on budget.

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Comments on "5 ways to update a beach house for less than $100"

Cineca Newburn May 09, 2012 | 7:12 AM

I LOVE the beach! And although I don't live anywhere near a beach, I still decorate my home as if I did :) I love the idea of 'bringing the outside in' & creating a fun space to entertain outdoors. Thanks for the fun tips!

Dorangela May 09, 2012 | 5:13 AM

Lovr this! I'll keep this in mind for my future beach place!

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