There are some images that come to mind when you think about a home on the beach, be it the gorgeous views outside your door, or the laid-back style inside.  Sandy hues, mixed with rustic, weathered-white, and pops of coral and turquoise speak of walks on the beach, splashing in the waves, and hunting seashells.

Whether you’re decorating for your beachfront real estate in Corolla, North Carolina or a home situated on the beaches of San Diego, California, or any coastal bungalow in between, you want your decor to match your personality and your surroundings.

Think about these ideas to decorate your beach home in a way that beckons hints of the sea:

A comfy outdoor seating area is a must. Colorful Adirondack chairs are beachy classics that never go out of style. You’ll want to have enough seating for guests who stop by on their evening stroll!

If cookouts are a staple for your life on the beach, make sure you have a patio that has enough room for your grill, accessories, and some cushy seating to tempt your guests to sit and visit while you’re pulling grill duty.

Bring the outdoors in. One of the perks of living on the beach is the view! Maximize this luxury with lots of windows. An open, airy, space lets you enjoy the sea even when you’re inside. Choose window treatments that are as minimal as possible to get the full effect.

Arrange furniture with the view of the water as your focal point.

Wallpaper is making a comeback and what better choice for beach house than something nautical?  Choose patterns with muted colors so that you don’t overwhelm the space. If the idea of wallpaper makes you a little nervous, try it in a smaller area, like a guest bedroom or a bathroom first.

Color is one of the most important aspects of any decor, but especially a beachfront home. Neutral shades with splashes of turquoise and coral are popular choices for a beach-chic look.

Blue and white are the most classic nautical color combinations and stand the test of time. Varying shades of blues and gray-greens bring to mind the rolling waves. Choose the colors that speak to you!

Shabby chic and rustic nautical pieces go hand-in-hand. Seek out treasures like antique crabbing or fishing tools, driftwood, and other weathered wood items.

Practical doesn’t have to be boring. Have fun finding ways for your decor to do double-duty.

An array of interesting hooks makes a statement and also provides a handy place to hang beach bags, sun hats, and damp towels. Reclaimed wood shelving adds a nice touch and are perfect as a spot to store clean beach towels that you can grab on your way out the door.

Fill your house with durable braided rugs that catch sand carried in on feet. They’re functional, yet blend seamlessly with your decor.

Consider indoor-outdoor, water-resistant furniture for a sunroom, where it won’t be damaged by wet swimsuits and towels. It can also be suitable for a family room or sitting room.

No matter your location, lazy days on the beach are only made better when your home reflects the beauty that is right outside your front door.