When you envision a beach condo do you think about palm trees, bright colors and Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville?” Times have changed, styles have changed and this beach condo needed a change too. How DO you go from “Margaritaville” to a Coastal Farmhouse beach condo.
You can see the before and after transformation from a bright and heavy outdated space, to a serene coastal condo.
My thought process with decorating this space can be summed up in two words: Coastal Farmhouse.
The owner loved the modern farmhouse style, but because it was a beach condo, I felt like we needed to lean more towards coastal colors.
A few more “before” photos:
First, I chose a picture from Pinterest as my first piece of inspiration. It’s light, simple, and elegant. These adjectives, in my opinion, can also describe coastal farmhouse too.
This space wasn’t terrible, just dated. It needed to be transformed from bold, dark and heavy, to soft, light and comfortable.
I wanted to create a serene coastal modern farmhouse style.
There are a few key elements that needed to be changed: the floors, the lighting, and the paint.
Below is my style board of inspiration:
The first step in this makeover was removing the old tile and replacing it with a more “grayish beige” wood looking tile. After the flooring was removed, we chose our wall colors.
Repose gray (top color) was painted on all the walls except to the bathrooms. The middle color was painted on the master bathroom and the bottom color was painted to the remaining 3 bathrooms.
After paint and floors were done, our contractor installed the shiplap to the dining room wall and to the area below the tall countertop in the kitchen. Any sort of board on a wall always adds dimension. Quite frankly, who doesn’t love a little shiplap?
Speaking of shiplap, any kind of board and batten or wood planks always create a more coastal feel. I would love to know the reason behind this. Anyone know?
The final step was all the finishing touches with a new chandelier, new furniture and accessories.
Here are a few of the After Pictures:
Side by side comparisons:
We decided to carry the shiplap from the dining room to the area in the kitchen below the counter height bar area.
Rather than a dining area, we created a peaceful sitting area next to the large windows looking out at the gulf.
Softening up the furniture, and moving the TV to this wall really created a clear “living room” area.
We removed the dark “TV armoire” and added this side buffet and a few accessories.
So what do you think?
Do you feel like you’ve stepped into a charming modern farmhouse coastal retreat?
There seems to be a misconception that a beach condo has to have bright colors and palm trees everywhere, but I think soft hues with a modern farmhouse flair look just fine!
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Shop the Coastal Condo:
- Decorative window above the buffet: (not available anymore)
- shorter demijohn bottle above side buffet: click HERE
- taller demijohn bottle above side buffet: click HERE
- Chandelier above the dining table: very similar one click HERE
- Industrial Pipe hardware for floating shelves in the bathroom: click HERE
- Gather sign on the dining room wall: click HERE
Most accessories came from Hobby Lobby.
Living room and dining room furniture was from a local store.
For more information about renting this beautiful condo in Orange Beach AL visit the site HERE.