Decorating with Driftwood

Summer’s moving in, and many of us are spending more time at the beach (or wishing we were there). If you’d love to incorporate some beachiness into your home decor but don’t want it to look like this:

Via UglyHousePhotos.com
Via UglyHousePhotos.com

or overloaded with seashells, anchors, or sand-and-blue motifs, then consider driftwood accents.

Driftwood is an increasingly popular decorating tool thanks to its versatility. It works in small and large pieces and in every room. Check out these rooms and products to see how you can add some non-kitschy beach style to your home!

Let’s start with the kitchen. You can go bold with live-edge wood counters:

Or subtle (and removable) with wall accents:
The same principle applies to dining areas. A dramatic table makes a statement:
But a great centerpiece can lend a similar atmosphere to the room, at a lower cost.
Arteriors Nantucket Driftwood Bowl
Arteriors Nantucket Driftwood Bowl
Arteriors Kazu Large Dragon Tree Root/Iron Sculpture
Arteriors Kazu Large Dragon Tree Root/Iron Sculpture

Moving into the living room, it’s easier to add large pieces without fear of commitment. Most driftwood accents for living rooms, regardless of size, are removable should you tire of them.

Arteriors Bodega Distressed White Driftwood Lamp
Arteriors Bodega Distressed White Driftwood Lamp
Many homeowners go overboard when decorating a bathroom in a beach style and wind up with a tacky-looking room overloaded with shells and similar knickknacks. Driftwood is subtle enough to look beachy and beautiful without the tackiness.
Arteriors Bodega Driftwood Mirror
Arteriors Bodega Driftwood Mirror
Give your bedroom some beach Zen with a strategically placed pile of driftwood, or a bold driftwood headboard that will project your love of beaches to all who enter (even in a primarily lodge-style rustic bedroom).
Do you plan on spending time at the beach this summer? What’s your favorite part of being on the shoreline?

 

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