Surfer Chic: Bring a Surf-Shack Aesthetic Into Your Home
I grew up on the Texas coast, have lived in Los Angeles, and have spent time in beachside homes from Hawaii to Florida. One of my favorite lifestyle-influenced décor styles is what I call “surfer chic.” It’s all about having that relaxed, informal vibe, and it can be achieved in homes far from the water by making some simple choices like those shown here.
From the moment you step into a surfer chic environment, you know you’ve arrived in a place that feels separate from the rest of the world. It’s different because there’s less tension and fuss. Necessary to this style is outdoor décor that doesn’t mind getting wet, is fine with being a bit mismatched, and sets the tone for what’s to come. The courtyard above does all of that and is also vegetation-friendly, another hallmark of surfer chic.
The sense of relaxation continues indoors with easy seating and a less-rigid space layout than might normally be found in a living room. This one is open to the elements—just right for surfer chic, by the way—and somewhat bare-boned. It’s ready for an impromptu gathering or an easy meal.
Image: The Kitchn
Surfer chic means making what you have work for you, so if you need upper cabinets but have crates and baskets, that’s okay—they will work just fine. The ethos is: why sweat the small stuff when there are waves to catch? And you can see that this solution not only works functionally, but also is very appealing in the space.
Image: Material Girls
Any and every room is a good place for your board, when you’re living inside surfer chic. With this laid-back style, life is always good!
How would you bring the surfer chic décor style into your home?