Eco-friendly choices such as CaesarStone countertops and quarter-sawn walnut cabinets keep this modern kitchen’s carbon footprint small. Energy-efficient stainless steel appliances are a smart—and low-maintenance—choice.
On a lakeside estate in Uruguay, the boathouse’s bench is from Zimbabwe, and the room’s colors we custom-mixed by Claessens.
Overstuffed contemporary sofas are slipcovered in ivory linen for a relaxed beach look. Image: Blackband Design
A crescent-shaped banquette and table along with a geometric pendant lamp and bright fuchsia cubes provide plenty of seating in this colorful dining area. Designer Amanda Nisbet put her own spin on modern decor by incorporating vibrant shades or orange, pink, and purple.
The classic bamboo and wicker hanging basket chair is a great way to add a cool, coastal vibe to a room. Image: Kate Jackson Design
Even if you live far from the beach, you can re-create a lovely beach theme dining experience by creating a coastal tablescape. All you need are some tabletop elements to layer with your everyday plates and silverware. Some beach house decor items you can add include:
Blue is the quintessential beach theme decor color. Seafoam, light blue, navy and turquoise are just a few shades you can use. But for a modern coastal look, give the shade of indigo a try. It’s similar to navy blue, but a little richer and more saturated. The color works beautifully with wood tones, whites and black.
The bed of this beach house theme bedroom is made with seagrass inserts in the headboard and footboard. Image: Homeclick
Classic architectural elements, such as a vaulted ceiling, mix with modern furnishings in this open living space. These homeowners carried a simple black-and-white palette throughout the house, relying on striped rugs and patterned fabrics to add variety and texture. The muted palette also helped ensure that the surrounding blue ocean and green palms stayed center stage.
Just a small amount of beach theme decor can transform your space into a summer vacation getaway. Are you planning on adding a little beach style to your home? What’s your favorite beach house decor idea?
Shades of gray-blue and yellow mirror the vast ocean and sandy beach outside. A sleek, modern accent table paired with a streamlined sofa introduces a mix of soft and strong elements to create a clean but comfortable feel.
A custom driftwood coffee table base acts as an artistic centerpiece in this living room. The rippled silk Tibetan rug and sea-foam walls hint at the beach beyond, and contemporary Turkish pillows reflect coastal cultures near and far.
Rooms breathe easy with large expanses of white walls, white upholstery, and just the right amount of carefully selected accessories. Framed mirrors hung in a grid make a dramatic but simple statement in this guest bedroom. They also reflect light and sea views.
This stylish modern coastal dining room features several beach style elements: the color indigo, wicker chairs, a whitewashed wood table and slipcovered linen armchairs on wheels. Image: Blackband Design
An all-white interior and painted window frames puts a spin on a traditional color arrangement. The open shower makes the space feel bigger and gives an airy feel to this island home.
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.
The gray limestone fireplace in this living room was chosen for its neutral hue. “We didn’t want it to seem cluttered,” says homeowner Janice Barker. The rest of the room plays off the understated focal point with modern furniture and minimal furnishing pointing all visitors to the view of the ocean.
Straight lines and barely-there modern bar stools give this kitchen an almost futuristic feel. The custom-built refrigerator nook not only conceals the not-so-pretty side of the fridge, but also helps it to blend “into the wall” for a cleaner look.
The easiest way to add two colors to your walls is by painting them. When painting, use painter’s tape to create a crisp, sharp line. Image: Bernhard Woodwork
To blend a rustic Maine feel with modern flair, woodworker Tim Hill built a red-oak breakfast table accented with steel rods. Basic dining chairs in a dazzling red add color to the space without detracting from the view.
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Recycle found objects like driftwood and bamboo by using them as wall art or as the base of an occasional or coffee table.
Large windows above the sink allow clear views of the ocean outside. Nautical light fixtures add a traditional element to the otherwise modern room.
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.
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.
A curtain-less shower, paired with white tile and black windows and doorframes, gives this space a modern Caribbean feel.
Sleek silver shelving and a simple circular mirror contrast with the colorful scene framed by curtain-less windows. Mother Nature adds a touch of color to the muted tones in this bath.
For the ultimate beach house look, layer plenty of blues, stripes, woven materials and other beach home decor.
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 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.
The homeowners collected driftwood on a beach walk and hung them freeform over their breakfast nook. Image: House Beautiful
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.
Sanding and painting the previously dark oak with a stark white polyurethane overlay gives this home gleaming floors. A marine-blue striped runner stands up to foot traffic.
Sleek, minimalist furnishings adorn this Westport, Massachusetts, home to complement the streamlined architecture. Builder Rick Guidelli installed a 14-foot-long pocketing glass door between the dining area and screened-in porch that is easily opened to make room for guests during larger gatherings.
Throw pillows are often the least expensive and most dramatic way to create a modern coastal living space. Image: Coastal Living
Keeping walls mostly bare―save for a few sconces and paintings leaning above the mantle―creates a mood that is calm and uncluttered. Limit furnishings to statement pieces, such as a chaise or a pair of shapely vases. Lining the fireplace with broken sea glass adds a touch of beach shimmer even when not in use.
The Eero Saarinen tulip table with Arabescato marble top adds a classically modern touch to this porch. Honey-hued cedar board walls soften the look of the contemporary architecture and furnishings.
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.
A funky mix of styles and bright beachy palette create a fun and inviting room perfect for kicking back and relaxing. Coastal elements like wicker and stripes complement the contemporary look of stainless steel appliances and clean-lined sofa.
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.
A coastal theme bed is made with beadboard slats. Image: Bedroom Fresh Decor
Architectural designer Julie Hart designed a space-saving bench for this dining area. The vintage dining table and Emeco Navy aluminum chairs keep the space cool and clean. A crystal pendant chandelier tops off the look.
A restful beach style living room is inspired by the pale shades of sand: cream, ivory, beige and soft pink. Image: Affordable Decorators
By choosing one bold piece as the jumping off point, homeowner Heidi Hertel was able to add a graphic sofa, mod table, and interesting artwork to complete the modern sitting room. “We fell in love with the chairs, and everything played off them,” she says.
Designer Jon Delach constructed a contemporary space in this master bedroom by featuring furniture with clean lines, large double-pane windows, and African wenge floors. And nothing says modern luxe like an all-white bed with plush down pillows.
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.
This living room beautifully mixes midcentury pieces with classically tailored furnishings. The charcoal pinstriped sofa was designed as a giant wingback chair. Danish modern chairs upholstered in a colorful stamped linen balance the traditional style of the sofa.
Stainless steel appliances, streamlined barstools, and frosted-glass cabinet fronts enhance the contemporary vibe of this beach-front kitchen. A wooden island doubles as a kitchen table for even more functionality.
Minimal amounts of blue are seen in this beach house theme. Instead, texture in the form of stripes, beadboard panels and whitewashed brick are used to create a coastal-chic space. Image: House Beautiful
Anchored by a streamlined table and chairs, this bare, white dining room is the epitome of modern, providing the perfect furniture choice for the contemporary space.
Layering beach theme decor like netting as a table runner, starfish and coastal-inspired plates creates a fun beach-themed table. Image: Southern Family Fun
An an oversize shell orb anchors this contemporary dining room. Cottage elements such as wicker furniture and floor-to-ceiling curtains make the space feel cozy.
Want to infuse your home with a little bit of beach chic for the summer (or year round)? Wait until you see these 35 beach house decor ideas. You can bring a little bit of coastal living into your home or apartment, even if you’re not beach-adjacent, with just a few tweaks! Here’s how:
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.
Painted wood and minimal accents draw eyes to the fireplace in this nearly all-glass living room. Interior colors echo the home’s surroundings, and built-in sofas sport a nautical stripe.
The hand-dyed rug and window treatments of this beach house themed living room feature a stripe pattern that ties everything together. Image: Better Homes and Gardens
Apple green cabinets brighten up the kitchen, while letters on the doors add a fun touch. “We like to think we have lively personalities, and that the colors reflect that,” says homeowner Tim McNamara.
Bamboo and wicker bar stools add a coastal cottage feel to this modern kitchen. Image: Style Craft Homes
For this dining nook, interior designer Carrie Livingston painted an antique table white and had it lacquered. The upscale plastic chairs add elegance but keep the space childproof. “It’s easy to maintain and it looks really good,” Carrie says.
A variety of sandy hues set a calming tone throughout this bedroom. A geometric print on throw pillow and bench as well as a lucite side table and chair lend an updated feel to the traditional 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.
A small home features crisp, white beadboard walls. The vertical panels enhance the small space’s ceiling height. Image: Elle Decor
Add a beach-style striped throw to your bed or sofa. Image: Julia Sperling
This coastal living room features two wicker armchairs and a two-tone sisal area rug to complete the beach style look. Image: Style Craft Homes
Layer your everyday bedding for a coastal living vibe with a striped blanket or linen striped pillows. Image: John Lewis
Bamboo Chippendale dining chairs offer a modern, less formal alternative to the traditional look of 18th-century Chippendale furniture. It also lends a subtle beachy presence to a glamorous space. Billowing window treatments balance the look between casual and sophisticated.
The key to making this beach house modern is an open floor plan which affords spectacular views from the kitchen while preparing meals or washing dishes. Sleek countertops and muted colors enhance the simple, clean design.
Designer Sasha Emerson believes the master bedroom should be a chill-out zone, so she decorated this room in muted tones of gray, mauve, navy, and purple. To liven up the serene space, she added a bold pattern with the Victoria Hagan drapery fabric.
Predominantly white interiors keep this space fresh and modern. Splashes of color come from accessories such as artwork and throw pillows. The cognac-brown leather chairs add warmth.
This modern nursery features updated versions of classic necessities. Hand-painted blue-and-white stripes add interest in the neutral space. A plush swivel chair puts a contemporary spin on your everyday rocking chair.
A monochromatic white on white bedroom with pale woods and sisal expand and brighten the space. Image: Etsy
Bring modern outdoors with sleek stripes like the ones on this deck. Try “railroading” the stripes, or running them horizontally on the fabric for an updated look on a classic motif. Incorporated stripes in the architecture enhance the clean feel.
A coral replica and various decorative objects in blue and white make a beach style statement. Image: Maegan Swabb
A citrus-colored painting introduces bold colors while memorializing a beloved family pet. The bamboo chairs balance the contemporary look of the natural stone table and antler chandelier.
A simple footstool in a blue and white stripe may be all you need to add a little beach style to your space. Image: Hoister
A neutral color palette plays with natural hues from outdoor surroundings in this sleek living room. The white, modular chairs contrast with the woven rug, yet complement the room’s clean, straight edges.
Driftwood over the mantel and as the base of a table add to the modern coastal look of this open floor plan living space. Image: House Beautiful
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.
The integration of bright colors and strong metals creates a playful, yet mechanical atmosphere. Slate tiles contrast with bamboo flooring to separate the kitchen and dining area, while pops of fresh flowers add a touch of femininity
White cotton slipcovered sofas and slate blue linen chair covers can be removed and washed or changed out for heavier fabric covers in winter. Image: Elle Decor UK
The wine glasses on this table look like seaglass. The color theme of aqua and sand of this tablescape replicates a day at the beach. Image: Between Naps On The Porch
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The wood accents in this home were left in their natural wood tones for a surfer-chic vibe. The most striking of all is the modern whitewashed oak coffee table. Image: Helen Bainbridge
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.
Wall-to-wall white paint makes the vibrant pink shade in this bunkroom look even brighter. Patterned prints and bold hues pop against the white background and give the room plenty of color.
Textured indigo tones are found on the pillows and floor rug. Image: Natalia Kupsova
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Woven wicker chairs are lightweight, inexpensive and durable. Group them with other beach house decor pieces like seaglass pendants, a beadboard-finish island and a pale seafoam blue wall color and you have a modern coastal space. Image: Stephen Alexander Homes
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.
The bookcases of this home office are natural teak but the two seagrass ottomans under the console were given a white paint wash. Image: Style Craft Homes
Step inside these stylish beach homes to see stunning contemporary spaces by the sea.
For an easy and relaxed beach vibe, add slipcovers to your sofas and chairs. Cotton or linen slipcovers in white, khaki or beige are the most beach-themed. Finish off the modern coastal living look with some beach-theme pillows.
Deep green-black paint and custom tile in shades of green, gold, and turquoise lends an edge to this refined yet playful kitchen. Designer Sasha Emerson used a black and white background throughout this home’s spaces to marry cool and quirky with California warmth.
White slipcovers and crisp indigo throw pillows create a modern coastal chic look. Image: Better Homes and Gardens
Bold wooden beams lend warmth to all-white walls and furniture in this peaceful living room. Simple artwork and greenery add touches of color while still keeping with the relaxing feel of the space.
Stylish green armchairs surround a sleek wooden table, while a funky pendant lamp feels like an updated version of an old classic. The large, curtainless windows bring the serenity of the ocean indoors.
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.
Instead of artwork on the walls, these homeowners incorporated eye-catching antiques and ethnic furniture. The standout pieces also help to bring the all-white room to life.
This minimalist bedroom gets a touch of warmth with a rich hardwood floor. Straight-lined furniture and an all-white color palette maximizes the ocean view.
Beadboard or wainscoting are panels of vertical wood that have been used for years to insulate and serve as walls. Found at most home improvement stores, they can be painted and are easy to work with. Here are some ways you can add beadboard for a beach style look:
For a coastal chic living room, add a large and bold woven striped rug. Image: Elle Decor
This elegant living room interprets coastal modern by using woven textures in natural tones and the color white. Image: Elle Decor
In this master bedroom, textured grasscloth walls hint at beach grass. The extra-wide headboard practically hug those who sleep here. Low-slung lines, linen upholstery, and nailhead trim lends glamour to the unexpected accent.
The indigo color is repeated in patterns on the chest and bedding of this coastal style bedroom. Image: Reliance Design Build Remodel
Built-in storage in this outdoor room provides adequate storage while the geometric arrangement gives it a mod vibe. Clean, straight edges and a neutral color scheme contrasts with the vibrant colors of nature just beyond.
Whitewashing means adding a translucent stain of white to an item. It’s different from painting the piece because a whitewash is more see through and looks more natural. Choose pale and whitewashed accents for an updated coastal vibe. The look is similar to the tone of driftwood and adds the light and bright effect of a beach house to your room.
The white fiberboard cabinetry sets a modern tone for this updated kitchen. Stainless steel appliances and simple cabinet pulls follow suit. Colorful accessories add excitement to the low-key space.
A modern coastal dining room features simple yet contemporary beach theme decor on the wall in indigo tones. Image: Tamara Magel
A blue and white stripe is a fresh beach house decor idea. Here are some ways to add a coastal living stripe to your space:
A wall collage of shells and soft, pale blue and beige tones make this entry an inviting stop in the home. Image: Our Boat House
Although blue is the most typical color for beach house theme decor, you can skip the blue altogether and still have a stylish beach style space. Here are some ideas:
A blend of cool and warm hues help this modern kitchen feel welcoming. Smooth textures, contemporary appliances, and natural light enhance the mood.
Materials like seagrass, rattan and sisal give a room an instant coastal living feel. The materials are rope-like and add texture to the space, perfect for the beach style effect you’re looking for.
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.
There are many ways you can get the two-tone beach house look. You can paint the walls in two contrasting colors. Or wallpaper the upper or lower half and paint the other one. Or you can add classic, nautical beadboard panels to the lower half of the wall. Here are some examples:
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.
The two-tone wall was achieved by using paint and wallpaper. Image: House Beautiful
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.
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.
Natural wood tones, whites and a tropical print featuring a bright lime green create a coastal living vibe in this dining room. Image: Better Homes and Gardens
Statement-making wicker Italian lamps add coastal style and creativity to the kitchen. Glass-front cabinets keep the black mahogany from looking too dark, and the white-painted interior makes everyday dishes look like art. Handwoven baskets weave a natural element into the decorating scheme and speak to an island way of life.
Square white his-and-hers sinks sit atop built-in drawers and hanging towel racks for a smart use of space. Large casement windows replace traditional mirrors and allow in an abundance of natural light.