07/01/2013 03:23 pm ET | Updated Jul 01, 2013

8 Beach Homes That Don't Come Close To Making Us Seasick (PHOTOS)

When you hear the words "beach motif," you may think of rooms with bad oil paintings of boats, cheesy plastic lobsters and life preserver hanging on the walls. But the truth is, beach homes with subtle ocean-inspired decor are not only lovely, but (dare we say) chic.

These spaces are reminiscent of the colors of the sand, sea and sky and have a casual atmosphere perfect for kicking back and listening to the sound of the waves. And even if you're nowhere near the coast, take cues from these eight gorgeous and tranquil interiors to decorate your own beachy escape.

1. Nothing says fresh and airy like lots of white with sky blue accents.

2. We love how this dining table resembles driftwood.

3. Miniature sailboats are the ultimate accessories for ocean-inspired design.

4. Combining wood tones and lots of white makes the perfect coastal home.

5. What's better than a seaside view when you wake up in the morning?

6. No one says beachy accents need to be muted.

7. Paneling that looks like exterior siding gives this space some rustic charm.

8. Beach-inspired decor looks great in bright airy kitchens, too.

Want to see more fabulous beachside homes? Click through our slideshow below.

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