Beach bathroom decor is probably the easiest and least expensive theme available. It requires minimalism and a muted color scheme that varies very little.
The color scheme should be that of the typical beach. It includes sand, light blue, creams, and white wash. Elements of green and drift wood may also be brought in if desired.
For the walls, choose a soft tone of sand or white wash. You can bring in more color with the accessories. If you prefer a richer and warmer feel, paint the walls a darker sandy gold hue to give the feel of a night beach rather than one in the stark daylight.
You may also find yourself in need of changing existing wall tiles. New tiles can be quite expensive so if your budget does not allow for them, think of painting the ones that are already there to match. First make sure the tiles are clean and dry. The next step is to apply a primer and let that dry. Finally, cover it with a waterproof color to match the theme. Be sure to get the advice of the representatives at the hardware store. They will be able to tell you what best to choose from the available paint.
Accessorizing a beach theme bathroom is very easy. If you live near a beach you have a wealth of accessories at your disposal. First be sure you are allowed to remove items from the beach, some municipal laws do not allow this. If it is legal, collect interesting rocks, shells, and drift wood. You can craft them into picture frames, soap dishes, and even waste baskets. If you are extra crafty, think of ways you can turn the things you find into artwork.
If you do not live near a beach, or you do not have the time or the patience to do crafts, it's OK, you can still accessorize very frugally. Yard sales, thrift stores, dollar stores, and discount dealers all have a wealth of beach themed items that you can use. In addition, your existing items may easily be converted to belong by a quick buffing and white wash treatment.
The best thing about this theme is that the accessories should not by any means match. The beach theme is all about being airy and random. Shower curtains and towels will do in simple white or cream. Baskets and furniture should be wicker, white washed wood, or weathered wood. Weathered wood will bring a richer feel into the room with it's darker color.
Artwork for this room should be simple as well. A print of a single shell or a seagull in a large frame will do. Murals are an option but be careful with them as they can often be tacky.
An important element that is not used as much as it should is the inclusion of greenery. There are always flowers and grasses that grow at the edges of beaches. Yellow daisies are a great choice to brighten and relax the muted beach colors. You may also wish to add some grass-like plants as well.
Keep the number of accessories to a minimum and keep them simple. To add a final touch, use candles to decorate. They will add warmth and serenity to the room.
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