Nature-Inspired Flooring that Looks like Beach Sand


Sand-colored flooring reminds us of the beauty and serenity of an exotic beach. Many of us love being close to the ocean or sea, and feeling the gentle breeze, listening to the soothing waves, and experiencing the soft, warm sand beneath our bare feet.

If you want to capture that sublime feeling and bring it into your home décor, your floors should feature fresh tones and the calming nature of a coastal setting.

But you don’t have to live on the coast to have flooring that looks like beach sand.

There are many beachy floor ideas to go for. To make your flooring look like you’re walking on beach sand, choose from such options as ceramic or vinyl tiles, hardwood or laminate flooring, and carpeting. Make sure these all have natural sandy shades that include beige, cream, golden, or caramel.


Regardless of the size of the room you are designing, the color and style of your flooring is something to always take into account as it will have an effect on the look and feel of your entire home.

Most beaches are filled with brighter shades of sand that is pale cream or white, or with darker sand in a range of brown tones. There are also beaches around the world with sand in colors such as orange, red, pink, green, purple, black, and different colors of the rainbow, however, these are relatively rare.

Lighter colors always help make a home feel cozier and that’s one great thing about going for a beach sand theme for your flooring.

These sandy hues add a harmonious and relaxing touch to the décor and allow you to create a comfy or trendy atmosphere, depending on your taste.

Sandy color is usually modern and versatile, and thus, it will bring balance and tranquility to any interior. What’s more, the neutral and light shades will help visually enlarge a small room.


Although the color of your flooring is important, its ultimate look and feel is determined by the type of flooring you decide to install.

Flooring options range from hardwood to carpets and these all have their pros and cons based on your location, the traffic you expect to have around the house, how specific you want the overall look to be, and also how you want it to feel.

For example, carpets are a great option when considering their diversity and range but they’re definitely not the type of flooring you’d want in the kitchen.


Hopefully, once you finish reading this article, you’ll have a clearer vision as to which nature-inspired flooring option offers the best beach sand look.



To complete the exotic feel in the home you can install beach themed vinyl tiles. There is a wide range of colors and themes to pick from since there is more than one shade of sand.

Some vinyl tiles have a tropical sand look and others have a much darker appearance. It’s always great to pay attention to the color of your walls and your furniture when picking out the shade and theme of the tiles to avoid a clash in your designs.

If you’re planning on installing the tiles on your own, then vinyl flooring is the best way to go. Not only it is easy to install but it’s also affordable, allowing you to make mistakes without much worry about wasting money.

If you’re living close to the sea, plan to create the beachy look in a moist environment and think that family members will bring water and mud on their shoes into the house, vinyl flooring will hold up well in the coastal areas. Its ability to handle high traffic and high moisture while giving you the desired look makes it the best worry-free option.

There are two types of vinyl flooring, namely Vinyl Roll and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT).

Vinyl Roll is multi-layered and has a printed top layer. The sheets created are large and flexible which is why they’re best installed in bathrooms, kitchens, and the laundry rooms.

Similarly, Luxury Vinyl Tile has multiple layers and is also waterproof, but LVT is usually found in the form of planks that may be rigid or flexible. Ultimately, both types are great options because they have varying benefits to which you’ll gain from.



Hardwood flooring comes in a vast range and variety of colors and patterns that will help you achieve not only the beachy sand look but possibly the feel as well.

Because wooden floors show a timeless character with plenty of grain, knots, distressing, and other naturally-occurring marks, they are a perfect match for your beach-themed home décor.

Bright and airy sand-inspired wood tones like cream, beige, or white, to medium-dark and dark browns, are a great color palette to use whenever you want to bring a coastal look to your home.

Its natural element does well when it comes to complementing the coastal feel within the home, as you have options ranging from hickory, maple, cherry, walnut, and oak.

Because hardwood is expensive and requires a lot of investigation before purchasing, it’s essential to get a professional’s take on which areas in the house are best suited for this type of flooring.

Considering that hardwood flooring is one of the oldest flooring materials used, it is still one of the most desired options when it comes to home design.

Regardless of the style you’re aiming for in the home, hardwood flooring can easily complement and match the décor and easily add value to the space. That’s one of its pros because vinyl flooring does very little when it comes to increasing the value of your home, and this is something to pay attention to if you plan on selling the place in the long run.

There are two types of hardwood flooring, namely solid and engineered. Solid hardwood, as its name indicates, is made of solid wood throughout. It can be sanded multiple times once installed, helping revive its original, refined look based on how frequently you desire this to be done.

On the other hand, engineered wood is very similar to solid hardwood when you look at it, but it has a relatively thinner layer of hardwood and also has multiple layers of plywood to give it more stability.

Although the final aim is to achieve the beachy sand look, it’s important to take into consideration the pros and cons of these types of hardwood floors and see which one fits best into your and other household members’ lifestyle.



Laminate flooring is made up of several layers to ensure durability and stability, and it usually lasts up to four years.

The back layer is the base for stability and support, the core layer is there to prevent dents from occurring which usually happens with real wood flooring.

There’s also the décor layer which shows the style which could give a wood, stone, or tile effect, and there’s also the wear layer providing protection from scratches that occur from daily activities.

Similar to hardwood floors, laminate flooring also has an engineered wood and laminate option. The engineered wood tends to last longer than the plastic laminate explaining why it would be more expensive.

Laminate flooring is known to not last too long, which is something to take into consideration when shopping for your coastal flooring.

There’s also a lot that must be taken into account, like the amount of traffic you will be expecting indoors due to how easily it could wear and tear.

Also, the underlay and the thickness of the underlay will have to be taken into account when calculating the longevity which is all strenuous work considering it doesn’t last that long as compared to other types of flooring that last much longer.

Although vinyl is known to be better than laminate flooring due to its durability, not all types are made equal. Some types are constructed in such a way that they are suitable for the desired environment.

Engineered hardwood laminate will last longer than normal laminate flooring as long as it is sanded down and refinished well over the course of its lifespan.

Overall, it is very much possible to achieve a beachy sand look with laminate flooring as long as it’s durable and moisture resistant.



If you’re struggling to find your desired shade and theme for your beach sand flooring when looking through the hardwood vinyl flooring, then ceramic tiles will do the trick.

Because of how flexible the designs within ceramic tiles are, you’ll not run short on shades and styles to choose from that will match the décor in your home. Some people even get custom ceramic manufacturers to design their desired tiles with sand dunes and seashells.

Ceramic tiles are perfect to place anywhere in the home, which is one of their greatest advantages as this will help you achieve your desired beach sand look throughout the house.

They are also easier to clean in comparison to other flooring options as they do little to attract dust and can be wiped with ease. Ceramic tiles are hard to break or create a dent in and are also easy to maintain. This makes them last for hundreds of years if inspections are done to check for any cracks.

The only drawback you are bound to face with ceramic tiles is that they are quite cold and hard, thus the installation process is not DIY friendly.

When it comes to the pricing of ceramic tiles, it is considered one of the least expensive flooring options, especially if you plan on installing them on your own. But they can easily be just as pricey, or even more expensive than hardwood flooring, depending on the quality of the tiles and the installation costs.




This is a not so obvious option but a great one to take into consideration if you want to decorate your home with flooring that looks like beach sand. Achieving your desired carpet style is not hard as there are plenty of designs and colors to choose from.

Hardwood and carpets are quite popular options for flooring for most homeowners. Carpeting was falling of the ranks a while ago but it seems to be coming back into fashion for various reasons that both homebuyers and builders take into consideration.

The first advantage of carpeting your home is that it is inexpensive, especially when you compare it to the other flooring options. If you’re in the process of building or renovating your home, this is definitely a key advantage if you’re trying to stay within your budget or cut costs.

Also, carpeting is quieter and absorbs the noise from footsteps, music playing, and voices echoing around the room.

Depending on the type of carpet you have chosen, you’ll have a much softer and warmer feel that is nearly impossible to achieve with other flooring options like your ceramic tiles or hardwood.

To create an informal look, go for textures with the smooth, flat finish of twisted yarns. Alternatively, a longer cut pile (also known as Frieze) will be a great accent for a casual, comfortable, and soft look.

Make sure that your carpet pattern doesn’t become overwhelming in the room, so adding just a bit of subtle linear texture is enough.

The best color palette for a modern, beachy looking carpet presents light, calming, and neutral tones with just a touch of darker hues.

If you have kids around the house, you’re in for a treat because carpets can hide some of the dirt (depending on how dark your beach sand color is).

On the other hand, carpets can’t go everywhere, especially in the bathroom and kitchen, they need to be replaced more frequently as compared to your hardwood and they easily show wear and tear.


Final Thoughts,

Hardwood or laminate floors, ceramic or vinyl tiles, and even carpeting, are all fabulous flooring options that will showcase the unique character of the coastal style home décor.

By installing flooring that looks like beach sand we aim to create an indoor atmosphere with subtle nods to nature outside.

I talk more about choosing the best flooring options for coastal style homes in my other article.