Have you heard? Summer officially begins in two days! It’s no wonder that our thoughts are continually drifting to weekend getaways involving lazy days on the beach and, of course, a perfectly decorated beach house. There’s something about the simple and casual nature of the interiors below that immediately gives us a sense of relaxation. Neutral bedding, sea-themed accessories, and luxuriously-lit rooms abound but there are also some unexpected touches that we’ve never thought to do but still work!

The bedroom below is from the cabin home of Restoration Hardware’s art director, Brooke Hanson as featured in Country Living. We love the mix-and-match bedding patterns and the wood-paneled walls. The pops of orange and yellow in the pillows, rug, and throw lend some juicy splashes of color to the overall light color palette.

via Apartment Therapy

It’s all about the texture within the living room of Jacqueline and Robb Brown. Natural cotton slip covers, a seagrass rug, and woven shades create an interior palette that perfectly matches a sun-drenched afternoon on the sand.

via Traditional Home

You don’t always need a neutral color palette. This interior is bursting with blues, oranges, and corals but also uses classic stripes and beachy accessories, such as the coral paperweights and the whicker floor cushions to keep a natural feeling running through the space.

via Better Homes and Gardens

We didn’t think black accents could work within a beach house but Tobi Tobin’s Malibu Beach House featured in Lonny Mag proves that they can! Sleek, dark lines in some furniture pieces paired with the Belgian linens, mirrors, and light of the space create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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It’s amazing how such spare décor can still evoke a sense of seaside living. A neutral, textured bedspread beneath two painted branches, a hint of a wooden bowl, and some sunlight is all that’s needed! The waxed cement floors remind us of a bright patch of ocean water!

via The Style Files

We’re not sure what it is but these shots remind us of a summer vacation in France. Perhaps it’s the bedside jug marked eau? We love that the slightly rustic aspect in these shots by Ditte Isager, from the exposed wooden beams to the giant seashell-as-bowl resting on the stairway. And isn’t that linen-covered bed the most welcoming sight? We’re ready to bid this office au revoir for an indefinite amount of time.

via Ditte Isager

Lastly, this interior from Le Journal de la Maison just screams classic beach house: white wrinkled slip covers, light wooden accents all over, and linen window panels that let plenty of light in. The addition of metal lighting is a nice, unexpected touch. We’re sure that stairway leads to an equally relaxing bedroom as well.

via Le Journal de la Maison