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3 Ways to Create a Seaside Space
See how these unique finishes and building materials can add a coastal vibe to your bathroom upgrade.
Looking to fit beach style into your bathroom? Here are some inventive ways to incorporate coastal materials in this smaller space.   WOOD For a more rustic coastal vibe, update your cabinets with reclaimed wood. This custom-made pine cabinet holds the sink while also providing storage. Boardwalk tiles make the floor look like it’s been... Keep Scrolling
Written by Kristin Dowding
Photography by Courtesy of Jessica Klewicki Glynn
seashell flooring in modern coastal bathroom
Having a mix of wood and seashells grasp the driftwood beach vibe. The seashells bring a textured look while the reclaimed wood feels homely.

Looking to fit beach style into your bathroom? Here are some inventive ways to incorporate coastal materials in this smaller space.

 

rustic wood vanity in small bathroom nook surrounded by white shiplap walls
The airiness of the room is held together by the cabinet and flooring. Bringing two different stains of wood into this room creates a harmonious and coastal feel.

WOOD

For a more rustic coastal vibe, update your cabinets with reclaimed wood. This custom-made pine cabinet holds the sink while also providing storage. Boardwalk tiles make the floor look like it’s been worn down by wind and water. “Incorporate painted wood to keep it light and airy,” says Liz Baker of Coralberry Cottage. “Gray-washed driftwood finishes can accomplish this also.” Wood can also be added through décor, like this driftwood seahorse that pays homage to the sea, both in shape and material.

seaglass countertops on bathroom vanity in seaside makeover
Living by the beach typically comes with a large sea glass collection. Put your collection to use and incorporate it into your home. The different shapes and tints are mesmerizing when paired with neutral colors.

SEA GLASS

Recycled glass countertop options include beach glass. This countertop sits atop a custom-made vanity, adding unique texture and color to a key bathroom piece. “Get a sample of recycled glass, or go with a color that has been made before,” says Loren Schirber of Castle Building & Remodeling. “Any- thing is possible with glass and resin, but not all combinations look good.” Stick with blues, greens and soft yellows for a calming space.

dark blue grasscloth wallpaper in renovated bathroom
The initial purity of this room stems from the bright marble, which leads the eye to darker hues. Rich blue grass cloth walls channels coolness and serenity.

GRASSCLOTH

The coastal look is all about texture, and with expansive walls, there’s no better place to add some. “The best infusion is to add texture with a natural material, like grasscloth wallcovering,” says Lisa Michael of Lisa Michael Interiors. “Combine clean and bright finishes like white cabinetry with soothing beach colors to create a serene space that calms the senses.” Other textured wallpaper options include bamboo, hemp and cork, which can either be colored or left natural.

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