HGTV's Jenny Marrs Explains How To Bring Beachy Vibes To A Landlocked Home

From beachy bohemian to coastal cowgirl style to TikTok's coastal grandmother aesthetic, seaside inspiration is always on trend, both near the sea and thousands of miles inland from it. The laid-back feeling of summers along the shoreline and in tropical locales can be captured by accents and details that evoke the ocean through color, pattern, and texture. In the Season 2 finale of "Home Town Takeover," Jenny Marrs helped transform a ranch-style home into a coastal bungalow through the help of paint and materials by focusing on a beachy color palate of blues and washed-out beiges and whites, as well as clever furniture and decor that were reminiscent of the sea.

The result was a casual and bright abode that would be as comfortable along the Atlantic as it is in Colorado. By marshaling color and texture, Marrs was able to capture the homeowners' love of the sea and infuse it into a stylish landlocked abode. There are some key things to focus on to bring the coastal vibe into your home, wherever you may be, and they may be simpler than you think.

Creating a beachy bungalow

The transformation of the Colorado ranch to a beachy bungalow began with the home's exterior, where Marrs chose a deep blue-gray shade coupled with a whitewash on the home's existing brick. "So we want to channel the beach," Jenny Marrs said in the episode of "Home Town Takeover," "What if we change this exterior into a coastal bungalow? I want to use colors like deep blue that make you feel like you're at the ocean." The color evoked the sea on a cloudy day while the white brick formed a striking contrast. 

Inside, the home was awash in rich neutrals and whites that captured a soothing and light-filled oasis, including the light wood floors that resembled the color of sand. The main living space was a crisp white, augmented with board and batten paneling that suggested a seaside cottage, while a guest bedroom was painted a stormy gray. An all-white kitchen sporting classic Shaker cabinets was given even more of a bungalow feel by using a white-washed brick backsplash above the sink. 

Beyond color, much of the beachy vibe was achieved with small details, including a front patio with low-slung beach chairs and a table that resembled a rotund beach ball. Inside, sisal rugs and a distressed wooden accent table added to the coastal style. You can easily take these ideas and incorporate them into your own home to get that beachside feel.

Getting the look

Getting a coastal look in any home is easy. Begin by refreshing your paint with colors that remind you of the seaside, which offers an array of inspiration. Water-washed blues, grays, and greens are great for both indoors and outdoors. Add in some neutrals tones like crisp white, cream, and sand-colored paint, fabrics, and accents. Natural materials should abound, including weathered and whitewashed wood, stones, rattan, and greenery. For flooring and counters, choose wood and materials that resemble sand or driftwood.

Accent and art pieces can set the tone for a beachy escape, including items like driftwood and seashells as well as decor pieces with nautical or marine details. Furniture and rugs should be casual and feel like you could easily enjoy the space while not worrying about the sand (real or imagined) you may be tracking into the house. Finally, opt for finishes and textures — such as brass, bronze, stone, wood, and glass — that tend to look like they've spent decades weathering by the salty sea.