How to add a carefree beach-home look to your décor to create a staycation paradise.

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Summer is in full swing and that means it’s time to squeeze in as much time at the beach as possible. Unless, of course, you can’t get away.

Don’t worry, if that’s the case. We have an alternative solution: a staycation. Yes, it’s possible to achieve a carefree coastal look in your space, even if you live in the city.

Just like a topknot and denim cutoffs signify that you’re heading to the beach, there are decorating indicators that can make you feel like you’re at a seaside inn without ever leaving home.

Here are seven coastal-inspired decorating ideas that make use of natural textures and linens, beachy art and nods to the ocean, to make you happy as a clam right at home.

BRING THE OUTSIDE IN

Hamptons-based interior designer Tamara Magel says that when decorating a beach-inspired home, you should focus on textures rather than colors. Start with neutral tones, then add organic textures, and top it all off with some life via beautiful, lush greenery to create a carefree, outdoorsy vibe.

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Pier 1 Imports Mila Natural Wicker Round Basket, $50; Rejuvenation Mason Pendant, $849 at rejuvenation.com

ADD INSPIRATION

Want to be inspired by the coastal lifestyle even if you’re nowhere near it? Do like L.A.-based blogger Jacey Duprie and decorate with oversize beach photography. After all, who wouldn’t want to stare at an exotic coastline all day? There are a variety of locations and styles to choose from, making it easy to find a piece that fits into your space.

KEEP THINGS LIGHT

The best beachfront homes have an easy, breezy nature. One way to get the look is to keep every finish in a light wood or neutral tone, with just a few pops of black and color here and there.

USE NATURAL MATERIALS

If there’s one thing that doesn’t belong in a beach house, it’s anything overly ornate or gilded. Instead, focus on using natural materials and textures such as wood and rattan.

Molly Goodman Above the Sea Print with Distressed Cottage White Frame, $44–$468 at minted.com; West Elm Recessed Wall Mirror, $319
Molly Goodman Above the Sea Print with Distressed Cottage White Frame, $44–$468 at minted.com; West Elm Recessed Wall Mirror, $319

INCLUDE A NAUTICAL NOD

A subtle nautical theme has a place in a beach-inspired house, so long as it’s done tastefully. Rounded brass mirrors and industrial pendants provide a touch of coastal flair without falling into a cliché trap.

ALWAYS BE BEACH-READY

The No. 1 indication that you’re in a beach house is a sign that the water is only a stone’s throw away. In your entryway, add woven baskets and beach towels, even if you may not need them. Straw hats are equally acceptable.

DECORATE IN ALL WHITE

Interior designer Leanne Ford says that the breezy nature of a seaside house starts with an all-white interior. If you want to get a carefree coastal look, try whitewashing your floors and ceilings and decorating with mostly white furniture.