Contemporary coastal style is defined by clean lines and natural materials and textures — so go bold but stick to simple lines and basic finishes. Create a neutral backdrop with smooth steel, timber and woven materials. Add interest with statement art and furniture, but keep the look uncluttered otherwise. Use deep shades of turquoise, coral, orange and blue for bright accents. Scale up your print sizes and make your stripes bold. Light is vital in the contemporary coastal look — keep things bright and airy, like in an art gallery.
These ideas will help you bring this look into your own home.
Clean, neutral colors highlighted with clear brights are key to the contemporary coastal look. Stick with yellows, oranges and coral for warm hues, and greens and turquoises for cooler hues.
Coastal Style 1: Woodmeister Master Builders, original photo on Houzz
Choose key coastal colors, such as turquoise and coral, and make them strong and vibrant throughout your home. Designer chairs teamed with a flash of coral against a neutral backdrop look modern and bright in this room. I’d love to see those chairs in a deep teal.
Reenforce the coastal look by using a single accent color throughout the room.
You’ll want to go for midcentury and later when choosing furniture for this look.
Handmade furniture made of beautiful timber can add warmth to your contemporary coastal home. Furniture like this makes for statement, investment pieces that will never date.
Keep shapes simple and remember that you don’t have to spend a fortune on furniture.
Coastal Style 2: Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects, original photo on Houzz
Use the lines of your furniture to evoke your coastal vibe. Although the only coastal colors in this room are in the painting, the design of the bed emphasizes the beachside mood with its wave-like headboard.
Coastal Style 3: Richard Bubnowski Design LLC, original photo on Houzz
Go for classic, industrial, maritime-inspired lights. This style looks great against a clean, contemporary backdrop. Stainless steel, polished chrome and aluminium catch the eye and work in bathrooms, kitchens and living spaces.
Use an oversize or statement piece of art with a coastal theme.
Coastal Style 4: Angela LaVista, original photo on Houzz
I love these turquoise fish. Using multiples of the same object always makes a statement. Keep to the same color and style for maximum impact.
Coastal Style 5: Spinnaker Development, original photo on Houzz
This mix of timber and sisal looks great in a contemporary setting. The soft sand and aqua make for a restful coastal palette. As with other coastal styles, you’ll want to stick to natural tones for your flooring. Rugs should be simple but hard wearing, which is why sisal and jute are such popular choices.
Coastal Style 6: Rizzoli New York, original photo on Houzz
This chevron fabric in ocean colors works perfectly with the woven lampshades and the rattan ceiling. Mix materials but try sticking to the same color palette for a consistent, contemporary look.