Elements of Contemporary Coastal Style

Elements of Contemporary Coastal Style

Contemporary coastal design is defined by clean lines and natural materials and textures — so go daring but stick to straightforward lines and basic finishes. Create a neutral backdrop with smooth steel, timber and woven materials. Add interest with statement artwork and furniture, but keep the look uncluttered otherwise. Use deep shades of turquoise, coral, orange and blue to get bright squares. Scale your print up sizes and make your stripes daring. Light is essential in the modern coastal look — keep things bright and airy, such as in an art gallery.

These ideas will allow you to bring this look into your own house.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID


Clean, neutral colours highlighted with apparent brights are crucial to the modern coastal look. Stick with yellows, oranges and coral to get warm hues, and greens and turquoises for cooler hues.

Watch when to use warm and cool hues

Woodmeister Master Builders

Choose key coastal colours, such as turquoise and coralreefs, and make them powerful and vibrant throughout your house. Designer chairs teamed with a flash of coral against a neutral backdrop seem bright and modern in this particular room. I’d love to find those chairs at a deep teal.

Friehauf Architects Inc..

By using one accent color reenforce the coastal look. This coral looks magnificent with all the shore colors in the remainder of the area.


You’ll want to go for midcentury and after when choosing furniture for this look.These chairs and dining table provide clean, modern lines with a sudden splash of colour.

Spinnaker Development

Handmade furniture made from beautiful timber may add warmth to your coastal house. Furniture such as this makes for statement, investment pieces which will never date.

Rizzoli New York

Keep contours simple and remember you don’t have to spend a ton of money on furniture. These simple canvas chairs create a more modern feel by keeping to a monotone color scheme.

Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects

Utilize the lines of your own furniture to evoke your coastal vibe. Even though the only coastal colours in this area are in the painting, the plan of this bed emphasizes the beachside mood using its wave-like headboard.

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC


Go for timeless, industrial, maritime-inspired lighting. This design looks great against a clean, modern backdrop. Stainless steel, polished aluminium and chrome capture the eye and work in baths, kitchens and living spaces.

Lori Smyth Design

Wall Art

Utilize an oversize or statement piece of artwork using a coastal theme. Inside this just living room, a beautiful coral-toned piece creates instant coastal chic.

I adore these turquoise fish. Using multiples of the same thing always makes a statement. Keep to the identical colour and design for maximum effect.

Watch how to use multiples in rooms

Iron Fish Art

Stingray Sculptures

The sudden mix of a modern sculpture and a vintage oar against a dark grey wall has all of the elements of modern coastal style.

Spinnaker Development


This mixture of timber and sisal looks great in a modern setting. The sand and aqua make for a relaxed coastal palette. As with other coastal styles, you’re going to want to stick to natural tones for your flooring. Rugs should be easy but hard wearing, which explains the reason why sisal and jute are such popular options.

Rizzoli New York


This chevron cloth in sea colors functions perfectly with all the woven lampshades and the rattan ceiling. Mix materials but try adhering to the same colour palette to get a consistent, modern look.

Fiorella Design

I adore this vignette — the print teamed with the coral wall is simple but daring.

Landing Design

Bold stripes in a mix of colours add a very modern vibe to a conventional seat. Teaming the chair balances outside the space.

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