Ocean bedroom decor is wonderfully calming and transports young dreamers to another world. An ocean-themed bedroom is a popular idea for beach houses, but it can also be used to make you feel like you're at the beach wherever you happen to live! To make decorating a little easier, we've grouped our decor ideas by subtheme and age.
Ocean Bedroom Decor Themes for Kids
Young children are often fascinated with the sea and all of the colorful creatures that live there. Create a marine paradise with these imaginative ocean and beach-themed bedroom ideas.
Mermaid-Themed Bedroom Decor
If you have a little mermaid at your house, help her create her own underwater nook where she can let her imagination run free.
Colors: aquamarine, blue, navy blue, and yellow
Headboard: a clamshell, curved, or wavy design with an overhead canopy for a bed fit for a princess
Bedding and curtains: mermaid prints, starfish, sea horses, seashells, and bedding or curtains in our suggested theme colors
Other wall decorations: mermaid, bubble, fish, and seaweed decals, and seashell, fish, starfish, seahorse, coral, lobster, and crab props
Materials and textures: shells, white or distressed-white wood, coral, and rocks
Scuba Diver Bedroom Decor
Boys who love marine animals like sharks and manta rays often go for a scuba-diving theme. Create a minimalist design with a few wall decals of scuba-diving goggles and bubbles, or go all out with scenes of coral reefs, shipwrecks, or even a chest of sunken treasure!
Colors: dark, mid, and light blues, bright colors for coral and scuba-diving goggles
Headboard: shelving with marine trinkets
Bedding and curtains: dark blue with coral, sea horses, octopuses, and manta rays
Other wall decorations: decals, tapestries, or wall murals featuring sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, whales, sea horses, fish, coral, octopuses, crabs, bubbles, scuba-diving goggles, oxygen tanks, flippers, shipwrecks, treasure chests, and rusty anchors
Materials and textures: dark wood (such as oak), distressed wood, and rusted metal
Beach-Themed Bedroom Decor
A beach theme is easy and fun to create for children of all ages. For younger kids, focus on bright colors and sandcastle-building props. For older kids, a surfing theme can be really cool.
Colors: white, cream, lemon, yellow, and various shades of blue
Headboard: curved or wavy
Bedding and curtains: white bed linen with solid or printed blue accents featuring starfish, coral, seashells, sandcastles, and surfboards
Wall art: Turn your child's drawing into a sign and include paintings or prints featuring favorite beach scenes, fish, starfish, dolphins, and sharks
Other wall decorations: a surfboard leaning against the wall or hung above the headboard, fishnets decorated with wooden or cardboard fish
Fixtures and furnishings: seashell or rock table lamps for a coastal vibe
Materials and textures: warm-wooden paneling, jute, wicker, bamboo, or rattan furnishings, sand-filled jars, seashells, and driftwood bed canopies or mobiles
Ocean Bedroom Decor for Adults
If you're one of the 40% of Americans who live in a coastal county or one of the 4-6% of Americans with a second home, it makes sense to give your home a beach vibe. These three themes have plenty of workable decor ideas.
Beach Bedroom Decor
For the master bedroom, beach decor typically has a more subtle look than beach-themed bedroom decor for kids. Go for lively or subdued coastal colors with a couple of stand-out touches like prints or oars.
Colors: white, lemon, light, medium, and navy blue
Headboard: wooden shelving with framed beach photos and beach trinkets like seashells and coral, a rattan or bamboo headboard, a wave-shaped headboard, or a curved headboard
Bedding and curtains: crisp white bed linen with solid blue accents or prints featuring coral, seashells, sea horses, or waves
Wall art: framed beach art, pictures of the seaside at sunset, or this "Welcome to the beach house" sign
Other wall decorations: warm wood paneling or shiplap, beach-themed wallpaper, a sun-shaped clock or mirror with golden rays, oars hanging horizontally on the walls, life buoys, and fishnets
Fixtures and furnishings: sea-inspired candle holders and table lamps, wicker or woven storage baskets, and a driftwood bed canopy
Materials and textures: wicker, rattan, bamboo, jute, wood, and cotton
Tropical Island Theme
If you have a coastal bedroom in Florida—or dream of vacations in Hawaii—take some tropical-island inspiration for your ocean-themed bedroom decor.
Colors: mid blues, lush green, and bright floral colors
Headboard: rattan, wicker, or bamboo
Bedding and curtains: crisp white with accents in blues and sea green
Wall art: framed pictures of tropical beaches, surfing, or your favorite cocktails
Other wall decorations: surfboards, tropical flowers, and hammocks
Fixtures and furnishings: potted palm trees and other lush indoor plants
Materials and textures: wood, wicker, bamboo, and rattan furniture, real and faux plants
For more of a nautical theme as opposed to a beach theme, include shapes and props you might find on boats and ships with accents in white, yellow, or orange against a background of dark blue and black.
Colors: navy blue, white, yellow, orange, and black
Headboard: reclaimed wood with ocean trinkets or portals
Bedding and curtains: crisp white and navy blue with white or orange anchor or ship-themed prints
Wall art: a vintage world map sign, ship paintings, or nautical prints
Other wall decorations: life buoys, marine animal outlines, props such as telescopes, anchors, and the steering wheel of a ship
Fixtures and furnishings: vintage lamps and wooden chests
Materials and textures: wood, cotton, rope, rubber, and metal
Let Your Imagination Run Wild!
Whether you go for a coastal feel with a beach-inspired bedroom or set the scene for a complete underwater adventure, well-chosen ocean bedroom decor can be both relaxing and inspiring.
When selecting your decor, remember to balance out dark background colors with bright accents and to choose a combination of solids and prints. Above all, have fun with your chosen theme!