What is it about stripes that say beach house?  Maybe they remind us of our favorite beach towel.  Or a poolside cabana.  Or the red, white and blue stripes bring to mind the Fourth of July and summer.   The simple message seems to be don’t take yourself too seriously.  Seriously.

These sunny cabana striped pillows are by Heidi Merrick, Los Angeles, CA based designer and daughter of famed surfboarder shaper, Al Merrick

Dash and Albert create affordable rugs in a bright and fresh palette of colors that would work in any beach house.

Or try painted floors.  These can be seen in Kate Spade’s Palm Springs store.

But they are cleverly done using vinyl tape!

Choosing curtains with the stripes going horizontally instead of vertically as in this Shelter Island beach house is a modern and fun way to liven up a hallway, courtesy of House Beautiful magazine.

You can create your own custom curtains in various colors like these from Martha and Ash.

Don’t forget the backyard.  Even if you don’t have a pool or cabana, striped patio furniture by Tim Clarke Design will make it look like you do.

Here’s a similiar look by Frontgate.

Is it summer yet?