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6 Tips for an Ocean-Inspired Bathroom
You don't have to part with the sea if you don't want to—dip your toes into a refreshing new project and turn your bland bathroom into an ocean-inspired haven.  
Written by Natalie Echeverria
Photography by Bret Gum
Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel

Incorporate every inch. The ocean is a vastness, extending as far as the eye can see. Treat every inch as a canvas for your ocean-inspired design. Install cobble-like flooring reminiscent of sandy beaches and rocky shores. Paint your walls a serene blue (more on that later).

Light blue always emits a coastal vibe. If nothing else, incorporate more blue hues into your bathroom through tiles or even a shower curtain.

Keep it simple. Despite whatever luxuries we may tack on to coastal living, the coast is simply a picturesque stretch of ocean and sand, so it is best to keep it simple. Don’t overload your bathroom with too many decorations or trinkets and keep items like shower curtains unembellished.

If you’re working with a large space, fill the area with some furniture. Chairs with a light washed wood are perfect for a coastal themed bathroom.

Utilize appropriate colors. It may not seem like there’s a lot to choose from when creating an ocean-inspired color scheme, but there’s a lot more to work with than you may think. Appropriate colors range from varying shades of blue to white to sea green. Also keep in mind that you get to dictate how much of a color you want to incorporate and where. Make it your own!

You can never go wrong with all white. White gives the illusion that your bathroom is always clean and it is great for experimenting with trends. For the beach vibe you’re looking for, try incorporating stripes, blues, and reds into your bathroom.

Let there be light. The sun is part of the reason why we love the beach so much. Use as much natural lighting as you can in the design of your bathroom. Make sure that the bathroom is well-lit by having enough artificial lighting and candles in stock.

Use storage that makes a statement. Straw bins and frosted glass jars allow for organization and provide some beach style.

Have an open mind. The coast is a reminder to be free. Open up your bathroom’s design for an ocean-inspired look. Create more space with an open ceiling design.

Color is great, but it isn’t always necessary. Mix your wood furnishings with marble and white tile to create a simple and clean bathroom. The wood is important for creating a space that is reminiscent of Tiki culture.

Don’t overlook small details. You can always find new treasures at the beach whether it is a shell, sand dollar or sea star. Decorate your bathroom with ocean-inspired details. Better yet, bring a bucket to collect sea shells and other souvenirs during your next seaside trip to decorate your bathroom. You’ll never know what treasure you may find!