In a Ralph Lauren exec’s beach house, a George Nelson pendant light hangs above the dining table, whose base is a tree trunk salvaged from the beach; the armchairs are by Ralph Lauren Home, the photograph is by Lynda Churilla, and the pillows are a mix of Ralph Lauren Home fabrics and a vintage check.
The Apparatus Lariat light fixture in this Hamptons beach house is a subtle nod to the nautical theme, while still providing a very chic place to dine.
Add Navy blue if you prefer a look that borrows from a nautical themeFamily room displays a crisp coastal style
The beds in a guest room of a beach house in Comporta, Portugal are topped with crocheted-cotton coverlets from Bulgaria, the wall hanging is Portuguese, and the tile floor is original to the house.
In the living room of a retreat on Martha’s Vineyard, designed by Ashe + Leandro, the sofa by Restoration Hardware is covered in a Perennials linen, the Hans Wegner chairs are upholstered in a Brochier fabric, and the walnut cocktail table and stool are custom; the rug is a vintage Tuareg, the ceiling beams are Douglas fir, and the room is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Super White.
Wicker chairs and plush white sectional sofa anchor the coastal look
From easy, breezy materials like rattan and grasscloth to accessories inspired by oceanic elements, like seashells and seaweed, it’s impossible to not perk up the minute you enter a bright beachy home. Let these rooms with coastal style lift all your worries away.
The painted wicker furnishings on the screened porch of this dreamy summer home are from Mainly Baskets, with cushions of a Perennials fabric; the reed armchairs are antique, the cocktail table was found at an East Hampton garage sale, the ceiling fans are by Hunter Fan, and the cement floor tiles are from Wholesale Tile by Aguayo.
In style scribe Amy Fine Collins’s fashionable Fishers Island house, painted Louis XVI chairs surround a 1940s table from Sutter Antiques in the living room; custom-made plaster sconces flank a mirror designed by Robert Hoven.
At James “Ford” Huniford’s Bridgehampton weekend home, the dining room is brimming with unique finds. Early-20th-century French diagrams for light fixtures are on display, and seaweed sculptures by an unknown artist rest on a vintage table.
In the library of a Cape Cod home, the wing chair was bought at Chelsea Antiques, and the antique brass bed is covered with indigo fabrics and pillows made from grain sacks; the ceiling fixture is crafted from a salvaged boat hatch, and the walls and ceiling are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dash of Curry.
While furnishings crafted from natural fibers are great, always anchor them with a plush couch in pristine white. For the bedroom, think about fabric that is clean, crisp and in single neutral tone (preferably white again). Accent pillows with a striped pattern fabric accents with nautical print usher in some color without disturbing the theme itself.
Twisting poster bed adds to the unique style of this cool bedroom
In a California home, stools by Julian Chichester line the vintage bar, which was bought locally at the Tyler Florence Shop, the sink fittings are by Lefroy Brooks, and the cane chair, found at the Santa Monica flea market, has cushions of Josef Frank linen by Svensket Tenn; the checkerboard floor is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black.
On the main terrace of a Palm Beach home overlooking the Atlantic, the sofa, cocktail table, and chairs are byGandia Blasco, the cushions are upholstered in a Link Outdoor fabric, and the rug is byStark; the landscape design is by Peggy Brazzeal.
In a modern Pacific Palisades home, the entry’s console was modeled on a midcentury piece by Giuseppe Scapinelli, and the resin work above it is by Ron Reihel; the door is a custom design.
The beds in a guest room of one supermodel’s breezy summer haven in Comporta, Portugal are topped with crocheted-cotton coverlets from Bulgaria, the wall hanging is Portuguese, and the tile floor is original to the house.
A dreamy palette of blue, white and gray lends coastal vibes in one couple’s villa on the isle of Capri. Antique Italian mirrors hang above consoles by Conde House in the living room; the slipper chairs are by Creazioni, and the antique tile flooring is original to the house.
Chaise lounge and the crisp cream shades bring in a beachy appeal
Have you ever had a real dull, gloomy and dark day on the beach? Odds are, if things got stormy with the weather, you got out of there pretty fast. Life on the beach is all about soaking in the sunshine and if you are decorating with a coastal look, the light is the single most important factor. There is no substitute to great natural light in creating interiors that are open and cheerful. The light hues of coastal interiors further amplify light to create a lively setting. Large glass windows and doors are the best way to achieve the right lighting.
Global style meets the beach at this home in Trancoso, Brazil. Kenyan masks and a 19th-century painting found at a flea market balance the patterns of the sofa and ottomans by designer Sig Bergamin. The armchair is African, and the Barcelona stools are by Mies van der Rohe.
The living room of designer Jean-Louis Deniot’s South Beach penthouse features a midcentury chair and stool in a Kirkby Design fabric. A Paris flea market provided the marble side table and vintage cones that accent the custom television cabinet with straw marquetry doors. The artwork above the cabinet is by Jérôme Robbe, and the French 1930s table lamp is from Teo Leo.
Modern bedroom with a coastal style borrowed from the Far East!
The dining porch of this Sag Harbor retreat contains a table by Moooi, chairs by Gloster, and a teak sideboard from Mecox; the banquette is covered in a Perennials fabric, and the ceiling fan is by Haiku Home.
The guest room in a Hamptons pool house contains a John Himmel bed dressed in Schweitzer Linen bedding, a Swedish painted chest and a rug by Restoration Hardware; the matchstick Roman shades are custom.
In the mudroom of a Long Island summer home, the walls are covered in hand-painted strié stripes, the floor is waxed ceramic tile, and the antique rug is Anatolian.
Choosing furniture for a coastal styled room can be loads of fun. Décor crafted from natural fibers and organic materials serve you best in accentuating the coastal theme further. Once again, the idea is to create a serene and tranquil setting that is as close to the experience of a beach life as possible. Wickers tools, rattan furniture and beds with a natural oak frame fit perfectly into the scheme of things. In case you want to go a step further, some stylish canvas chairs and a few bamboo blinds are the ideal choice.
Relaxing bedroom combines the coastal style with a cottage look
In case white does not do it for you, use beach-inspired shades like sandy beige, light cream, charcoal, off-whites or a very light yellow that inspires images of a sun-kissed beach at dawn! Refreshing light blues, cool aqua, light teal and turquoise are perfect additions as the accent shades that enliven the space.
In the sitting area of an upstate New York pool house, the patterned wallpaper and cushion fabrics are by Nancy Kintisch and the sconces are by Atelier de Troupe.
Set on the Greek island of Folegandros, the vacation home of Milan-based designers Miguel Queda and Simone Ciarmoli couldn’t be more serene. On the north-facing terrace, the vintage Ming-style chairs were found at a flea market in Beijing and then painted white.
Perfect color combinations and the aqua blues bring home the beach!
Contemporary Coastal is a perennial favorite among designers and home owners. The relaxed and fresh style reminds us of those lazy summer days or that exotic holiday trip when sun, sand and surf were just a stone’s throw away! Bringing the bright, beautiful and energizing aura of life on the beach, coastal style is all about creating a relaxing, airy and cheerful atmosphere indoors. While there are several different versions of the beach-inspired theme, it is best to pick one that serves you well all year round.
In Mona Nerenberg’s Long Island home, the vintage French artist’s table serves as the kitchen island; the stove is by Wolf, the sink and fittings are by Waterworks, and the dishwasher is by GE; the sign on the ceiling beams is original to the house.
In the living room of a century-old villa on the island of Capri, an early-20th-century iron table was originally used in a yacht club, the sofa is custom made, a pair of 18th-century cabinets flank a fireplace by architect Francesco Della Femina, and the patchwork rugs are made from pieces of bleached and dyed vintage kilims.
Custom Spanish esparto rugs from Antonia Molina cover the local-limestone floors in this Ibiza home. The walls are coated in a sandy lime plaster, and a wood-beam ceiling set a rustic tone in the living room. Custom sofas by Atelier Tapissier Seigneur and curtains in a quilted Braquenié fabric; the Oeil cocktail table by Pierre Chapo is vintage, the lacquered-coral sculpture is by Maurizio Epifani, and the painting over the mantel is by Alex Katz.
The great room of a cottage on the Swedish island of Hölö, designed by Stockholm-based architect Ninni Ryott for her family; the custom sectional also serves as guest beds, and one of the storage units underneath is used as a cocktail table; the hemp rug is from Armadillo & Co., the fabric in the doorway is from Ikea and the sculpture fragments on the wall were discovered in the studio of the property’s previous owner.
Quirky touches abound in the Connecticut home of designer Philip Gorrivan. The dining room features chairs designed by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, a custom-made table, and an 18th-century pine commode from Vermont; the hand-painted wall covering is by Gracie, and the rug is by Holland & Sherry.
Usher in the coastal theme with subtle touches of colorYou need not always go overboard with the coastal theme
A family home on Florida’s Gulf Coast is like a whitewashed Moroccan fantasy. The courtyard holds teak lounge chairs by Henry Hall Designs, a custom-made banquette with cushions in a Perennials fabric and antique Spanish lanterns found in Belgium.
Do not employ more than two accent colors and use sober oranges and deep coral shades in case you wish to complement the cool blues with some warm hues.
One couple’s East Hampton home, designed by Celerie Kemble, was inspired by the legendary Grey Gardens. The powder room mirror is by Made Goods, the sconce is by Visual Comfort, and the wallcovering is by Cole & Son.
French designer Christian Liaigre’s simple beach shack on the island of St. Barts still manages to reach new heights of sophistication. In the kitchen/dining area, the chairs are by the designer, the wicker pendant light is by Ay Illuminate, and the teak-and-oak table and brushed-oak console are custom made; the painted cabinets are topped with oiled local wood.
In an Ibiza home, local-limestone floors covered in custom Spanish esparto rugs from Antonia Molina, walls in a sandy lime plaster, and a wood-beam ceiling set a rustic tone in the living room. Custom sofas by Atelier Tapissier Seigneur and curtains in a quilted Braquenié fabric; the Oeil cocktail table by Pierre Chapo is vintage, the lacquered-coral sculpture is by Maurizio Epifani, and the painting over the mantel is by Alex Katz.
The beauty and the enchantment of that living room or bedroom draped in perfect coastal look is the fact that it brings us closer to nature and its soothing abode. The best way to achieve this is by borrowing from the color palette that the beach has to offer. Since, we already have looked at a bunch of lovely nautical themed inspirations; we will stick to the basic ‘beach style’ this time around. An all-white backdrop is the perfect way to get started with the coastal look. While other neutral colors also tend to work, you simply cannot go wrong with white.
There are plenty of versions of coast-inspired interiors that range from the Mediterranean to the tropical and from the classic to the nautical. Irrespective of which specific style you pick, the basics of the style tend to remain the same. Make sure you get these correct and the rest will be an absolute breeze!
Orange works brilliantly in a coastal styled room when used in sober fashion
In Amy Fine Collins’ Fishers Island home, a guest room’s 1920s wicker chairs are original to the house, the 19th-century table is American, the rug is by Doug and Gene Meyer, and the wall treatment is by Robert Hoven.
The custom sectional in the great room of Stockholm-based architect Ninni Ryott’s cottage on the Swedish island of Hölö also serves as guest beds, and one of the storage units underneath is used as a cocktail table; the hemp rug is from Armadillo & Co., the fabric in the doorway is from Ikea and the sculpture fragments on the wall were discovered in the studio of the property’s previous owner.
In the living room of Meredith Melling and Zach Iscol’s retreat on Martha’s Vineyard, which was designed by Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro of Ashe + Leandro, the sofa by Restoration Hardware is covered in a Perennials linen, the Hans Wegner chairs are upholstered in a Brochier fabric, and the walnut cocktail table and stool are custom; the rug is a vintage Tuareg, the ceiling beams are Douglas fir, and the room is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Super White.
A shop owner’s home in the Hamptons masters beachy elegance. On the terrace, a pergola covered in white wisteria shades an outdoor dining area with a reclaimed teak table, a French iron chair, and rattan chairs with Sunbrella cushions, all from Bloom; the paving tile is natural cleft bluestone.
Hard to go wrong with white and light blue look in the bedroomCorals and conch shells are the decorations for a coastal style interior
Lively hues and rare seashells put a colorful spin on this D.C. home. A painting by Loren MacIver is flanked by displays of ceramics, shells, and mercury glass; the cocktail table is a vintage army cot topped with glass, the chair is by Swaim, and the Lee Industries sofa is covered in a Brunschwig & Fils velvet.
For one couple’s retreat in Palm Beach, architect Lee Mindel was inspired by water, sand and sky. Pierre Paulin swivel chairs covered in a Maharam fabric surround a Maria Pergay table in the dining area; the flooring is Gascogne gray limestone, the curtains are of a Holland & Sherry fabric, and the painting is by Adrian Ghenie.
Patterns and color bring a breezy, coastal vibe to the raised sitting area of this Moroccan-inspired pool house in Millbrook, New York. The patterned wallpaper and cushion fabrics are by Nancy Kintisch and the sconces are by Atelier de Troupe.
On a lakeside estate in Uruguay, the boathouse’s bench is from Zimbabwe, and the room’s colors we custom-mixed by Claessens.
Stools by Julian Chichester line the vintage bar, which was bought locally at the Tyler Florence Shop, in this California home. The sink fittings are by Lefroy Brooks, and the cane chair, a flea market find, has cushions of Josef Frank linen by Svensket Tenn. The checkerboard floor is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black.
Shiplap walls painted a soft, custom shade high-gloss gray and beachy white oak hardwood flooring that ups the cottage feel of designer Raquel Garcia’s airy Cape Cod home.
Natural fibers and understated colors are perfect for a coastal theme
Antique Italian mirrors hang above consoles by Conde House in the living room of a Capri villa; the slipper chairs are by Creazioni, and the antique tile flooring is original to the house.
An islet in Greece’s Aegean Sea serves as the relaxing island home of hotelier Costis Psychas. The low tables in the living area are family heirlooms that were originally used for making flatbread; the wool pillows and cotton rugs were handwoven in Greece, and the handmade floors are a mix of white cement and sand.
A practical coastal style is not about overloading your home with every little beach related motif that you can get your hands on. The inspirations and coastal themed ideas on display here showcase a beautiful balance between staying true to the style and still embracing sleek contemporary design. Varying between subtle and sublime, the extravagant and the exclusive, here are some amazing interiors that show how to get it done –
Whether you have a beach house in need of on-theme decoration, or just dream of some day adding one to your real estate portfolio, here are 20 stylish ideas for getting your coastal getaway into ship-shape.
The guest room in the poolhouse of a family’s 19th-century Long Island farmhouse is basically summer personified. It contains a John Himmel bed dressed in Schweitzer Linen bedding, a Swedish painted chest and a rug by Restoration Hardware; the matchstick Roman shades are custom.
While it may not be seaside, the sunken bathtub at this lakeside estate in Uruguay, gives a picturesque view of the water while maintaining privacy. The bench is from Zimbabwe, and the room’s colors we custom-mixed by Claessens.
Designer Ken Fulk’s Victorian cottage on Cape Cod plays with beachy decor in the library. The wing chair was bought at Chelsea Antiques, and the antique brass bed is covered with indigo fabrics and pillows made from grain sacks; the ceiling fixture is crafted from a salvaged boat hatch, and the walls and ceiling are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dash of Curry.
A white backdrop presents the perfect canvas for the beautiful beach style
Beautiful combination of country and coastal styles with chic patterns
In a bathroom on the same Hamptons property, the ceiling lights are by Remains Lighting, the walls are painted inBenjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray and the window frame is painted in Genteel Gray by Pratt & Lambert; the wooden ship artwork was found in Europe.
Subtle shades and the ocean view outside complete the coastal style in this stunning bedroom
Hans Wegner Flag Halyard chairs in the living room of the same Martha’s Vineyard getaway; the antique Moroccan boucherouite rug was found on Etsy, and the floor is bleached oak.
Bold splashes of color transform this Hamptons beach home into a vibrant space for relaxation. A photograph by Migliori hangs above the fireplace in the family room; the sofa is by Calypso Home, the pair of armchairs is upholstered in a Malabar cotton, and the cocktail tables are by Bobo Intriguing Objects; the floor lamp is by Arteriors, and the walls are covered in a grass cloth by Phillip Jeffries.
Reclaimed barn-board floors are painted a fresh white throughout out the house this East Hampton, New York home. The Ralph Lauren Home love seats are upholstered in an outdoor fabric, and the vintage stool is from Merci in Paris.