Modern Coastal Decorating Ideas for Your Home
I hope you’re having a wonderful week, friends. I love this time of year, with spring arriving and the promise of new beginnings. For years I did a lot of decorating for spring and Easter, but I’ve discovered that since I started adding a touch of modern coastal decor to our home, I don’t really need to do much in the way of seasonal decorating.
By sticking with a color scheme that reflects the ocean and sky–including deep blues, crisp whites and neutral hues–everything works together, no matter what time of year it is. That means I’m able to move pillows, decorative items, and rugs from space to space and they’ll usually work anywhere.
What is modern coastal design? Today’s coastal style often incorporates the character of modern beach house décor, although Hampton’s style interiors tend to favor dark and polished traditional finishes.
To me, modern coastal design is simple, light, and airy. Inspired by the colors and textures of nature, contemporary coastal decor might include light woods, baskets, natural fiber rugs, easy-care fabrics like cotton and linen, and treasured finds from trips to the beach.
If you’re looking for ways to refresh your spaces for the upcoming months, I’ve gathered some modern coastal decorating ideas and images from Pinterest, as well as my own home, to share with you today.
Remember, when adding coastal decor to your home, whether in the living room, bedroom, kitchen, or dining room, make sure to use a light touch.
Because coastal style is essentially lighthearted and relaxed, it’s very easy to go overboard with coastal decorating (believe me, I’ve gone there, and am still editing 😉)! Some things to avoid overdoing: signs, rope, coral, nautical/boat themes, lanterns, and too much rustic wood … you get the drift (pun intended).
For a modern coastal look, think white and off-white, as well as soft colors of the sand and sky; crisp, casual fabrics like cotton & linen; natural elements including lots of baskets and light woods; lovely textures; and of course pillows and throws!
I hope you’ll find some ideas in the following spaces that you can incorporate in your own home to create a fresh, modern coastal look that will last, season after season.
Modern Coastal Decorating Ideas for Your Home
In the living room:
This beautiful living room, designed by Livingston Interiors, is a great example of modern coastal style. A neutral color palette, light touches of blue, grey-toned woods, and natural elements add a light and airy feeling to this space.
Recently, I’ve been trying out some new looks in our living room, below, as I wanted to make this area a bit more casual and comfy for summer. We moved in the sectional and coffee table from our hearth room / TV area and added a new rug, upholstered ottomans, and different artwork, all from the new Studio McGee collection at Target.
Honestly, this is kind of a “test drive.” Since we loved having the sectional in the TV area, I’m not sure how long the living room will stay this way. But I’m really loving the lighter, more casual feeling in here, so if we end up moving the sectional back to the hearth room, I think I’ll be shopping for new furniture for this space!
Baskets are one of my favorite ways to bring a breezy coastal vibe to our home. As far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many! And the best thing about baskets is they never go out of style.
In the family room:
The family room/TV room is the perfect place to bring a touch of casual coastal style to your home. In the beautiful space below, from Lindye Galloway Interiors, the wood beams, neutral color palette, striped pillow, shelf styling, and pop of classic blue on the cabinetry and in the rug, bring a fresh and comfortable feeling to the room.
The area below is our hearth room, where my husband and I love to hang out and watch TV. I like to incorporate a laid-back feeling in here with deep, comfy seating, lots of baskets and natural textures, coastal artwork, and pops of blue and white.
Here’s a view from last summer, when we had two slipcovered chairs in here instead of a sectional. With a messy English bulldog in residence, white slipcovers that can be removed and thrown in the washing machine help keep me sane!
In the dining room:
The lovely dining room below, from Jill Egan Interiors, shows how versatile and elegant coastal decor can be. From the soft ivory slipcovered chairs, to the large coral decorative piece on the credenza, to the natural wood elements, this space evokes a feeling of casual elegance. The stunning light fixture reminds me of a cascading waterfall.
Here’s a view of our dining room from last summer. I’ve changed quite a few things in here since then–including a new light fixture, curtains, and artwork–but I still love this summery look:
In the kitchen:
Whether you opt for lots of woven elements, glass & brass, light woods, or just an abundance of fresh white, there are many ways to add a touch of modern coastal decor in the kitchen, as shown in the lovely spaces below.
This light and airy California kitchen from Caroline Kilmartin is a long-time favorite of mine.
Striped counter stools, an abundance of white, and the perfect touch of grey-blue on the island lend a breezy look to this coastal style kitchen from Timber Trails Development Company and Julie Howard Home Design, via Home Bunch:
Beautiful warm woods, exposed beams, and coastal-inspired pendant lights make this lake house kitchen truly special – from Park and Oak Interior Design.
Woven seating and pendant lights, natural woods, and an abundance of white create a laid-back, casual coastal vibe in this beautiful open kitchen and dining area from The Grove Byron Bay
Plenty of natural textures, artwork, and pops of white and blue add a touch of coastal decor to our open shelving and countertops.
Last year, we updated our breakfast nook with woven bistro chairs and a natural pendant light and rug, making this my favorite place to enjoy my first cup of coffee of the day.
In the bedroom:
As in the kitchen, there are countless ways to bring a touch of coastal style to the bedroom. Here’s one of my favorite coastal-inspired bedrooms, from Marie Flanigan Interiors. The shiplap and four-poster bed add a touch of coastal farmhouse style to this space.
White walls, casual fabrics, natural textures, coastal-inspired artwork, and a hint of stripes lend a light and breezy feeling to this beautiful bedroom from Amber Interior Design:
In our master bedroom, an abundance of blue and white reminds me of the ocean. Artwork is a great way to add a touch of modern coastal decor to the bedroom–or any space. The piece above our bed was purchased locally a couple of years ago, but I found several similar ones, which I share on this page devoted to artwork.
Our guest bedroom has a few coastal vibes going on, too, with a chambray blue headboard, striped throw, and coastal artwork.
In the entryway:
Handled two-toned baskets and a curved natural wood console table bring a coastal vibe to this light and fresh entryway from Studio McGee:
A treasured seashell, gathered on one of our trips to Charleston, is displayed in a glass case in our entryway, as a happy reminder of the beach.
On the patio:
With its casual atmosphere and separation from the rest of the house, the patio is the perfect place to experiment with coastal decor! Following are a few of my favorite outdoor spaces with a coastal vibe:
This beautiful patio area from Pencil and Paper Co., with its slipcovered furniture and touches of bamboo, is the ideal space for summer entertaining.
Striped cushions, sleek lanterns and wicker create a beautiful modern coastal outdoor living area. From Design Works, via Style Me Pretty:
Love the sleek black and white striped cushions and amazing outdoor fireplace in this fresh space from The Rest Design:
I love how this patio area, from Jeff Andrews Design, brings the comfort and style of the indoors to an outdoor space:
Photo by Grey Crawford, via My Domaine
And on our own covered patio, stripes, fringe, and an abundance of blue and white, bring a touch of the coast to our Rocky Mountain home.
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