There’s no question: browsing through a décor shop is enough to have you ignore your budget and buy all the pretty knick knacks in front of you. Stores know exactly how to make you feel that you don’t simply like something, but that you must have it.

Our advice: take a step back and plan before you start your shopping. We’ll show you why and how.

Don’t Get Stuck on Aesthetics Only—Here’s Why

The common belief is that décor in a beach home is only for aesthetics. It’s the icing on top of your cake. But anyone knows that icing is as much a part of the overall cake eating experience as the soft interior.

So, don’t let preconceived ideas prompt huge décor mistakes. While you may love the look of that blue vase, you’ll end up hating it if you feel it’s always in your way when you want to use the counter you placed it on.

Thorough consideration is necessary, especially for living near water bodies such as when you’re planning a new home construction in Delaware. Whether your house is near a lake, river or the seaside itself, take some time to consider how you beautify the spaces. Taking a little time to plan will end up being a huge investment.

5 Practical Décor Tips for Beach Home Living

Stop the Sand

Living near the water means swimming. And if you have kids they’ll be traipsing in and out of the house multiple times a day. You can try to lay down the law about washing feet before entering the house, but chances are it won’t always happen. Do yourself a favor and shop around for appropriate entrance mats.

Certain mats are more effective at trapping dirt than others. Adding one outside your door rather than the designer rug you found in a décor store will make your life much easier.

Be Flexible About Displays

Planning the look of a room is important, but don’t feel forced to fill up all the display areas from the start. Old and young will discover beautiful treasures during walks on the beach or fishing in the river. A stunning piece of driftwood or an exceptional stone can be as impressive as a vase you find in a store. Leave some space for these special items found in the years to come.

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Wooden Tables Work

Beach homes are perfect for entertaining kids, but there will be rainy days too. What do you do if you have to keep them busy inside? Using a wooden dining table is a perfect solution because it won’t matter if children mess with paint, pens or food on this surface. If it starts to look really bad, simply sand the surface and re-varnish, and it will look like new.

Bay Windows Need Books

We hope your beach home has a bay window—reading with a view is the ultimate way to relax. But where will the avid readers put their books? A bookcase with a few classic novels is a practical and aesthetically pleasing focus area for any room.

Careful with Curtains

Being next to water tends to invoke the urge to take pictures, doesn’t it? But you and your guests won’t get to snap away at panoramas if your curtains don’t allow it. Whether you use blinds or curtains, make sure they can pull all the way up or to the side so your pictures of the view aren’t spoiled by slats and strips of fabric.

Applying these and other practical décor tips in your beach home won’t only transform your building, but also your experiences and memories you create inside its rooms.