Lakefront living design ideas

Phantom Screens / May 31, 2016

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When you and your family retreat to your lake house, you want that space to be just as welcoming, beautiful and decorative as your home. After all, your lake house should be a sanctuary – one that you’re excited to visit and one that offers a sense of relaxation, simplicity and elegance. In many ways, decorating your lake house is as simple as decorating your place back at home. Here are some tips for enhancing your lakefront home, room by room:

Front entrance

When you and your guests first walk into your home, it’s important to feel welcome. And fortunately, there are many more ways to evoke this feeling than simply placing a welcome mat at the front door. In the entryway, create a spot to sit down and remove shoes, coats and more. A wood bench provides a rustic aesthetic perfect for a lakefront home. You could also consider installing a bench with built-in storage, making it easy to store shoes, bags and other items to keep clutter at bay.


If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, make sure it gets plenty of natural light. It brightens up the space and makes it appear more spacious than it already is. Picture windows are great for installing in the kitchen. When you’re enjoying a meal indoors, you can still admire the view while enjoying the company of your family and friends. A can of white paint on the walls can also help to open up the kitchen, and keeps the space looking fresh, crisp and clean. Another option would be to install French doors near your dining table – this way, you can open up the doors to a fresh breeze while you eat. (Not forgetting to install our retractable screens to keep the bugs out!)

Living room

Consider incorporating items from the lake into your home to reflect the outdoors. For example, oars from an old rowboat hung up serve as perfect wall décor and provide a focal point for the space. You could even add a fresh coat of paint to them to add a splash of color to your living room. Go nautical with a large blue and white striped rug lining the wood floors. Large wood beams on the ceiling also open up the room and give it an outdoorsy feel.

Master bedroom

If possible, you could place a set of French doors – or even two sets – in your master bedroom. This not only gives you a view of the lake and the sunrise in the morning, you can easily open up the doors for a fresh morning breeze. They also let in plenty of natural light to brighten up the space. Offer a small seating area near the doors for a tranquil place to relax.


Lake houses provide a perfect opportunity to spend time outdoors. But when the sun gets a little bit too hot or the bugs get a little bit too annoying, it’s a good idea to have retractable screens to rely on. Depending on the screen you choose, the mesh can protect you from the sun, offer privacy and keep the bugs at bay when you’re trying to enjoy a nice summer meal by the lake. Retractable screens on porches also offer a seamless connection between the indoors and the outdoors. Installing a fireplace on your back deck is also a way to make the space cozier, and provide a little warmth when a cool breeze blows off of the lake at night. Cook hot dogs over the fire or whip up a few s’mores for a sweet, after-dinner treat.