Warm summer days have us dreaming of packing up the car and heading to a beach house for a week away from technology and news! For those of us who can’t make that dream a reality, we’ve put together a dream home tour of a beautiful modern coastal home, full of subtle beachy decorations. It’ll bring all of your beach house interior design dreams to life!
Modern coastal takes all the laid back seaside aesthetic of a traditional coastal home, but with a more mid-century modern vibe. When it comes to coastal interior design ideas, there’s a difference between east coast versus west coast decor. They definitely have different vibes! Modern coastal has some similarities to the popular west coast style, California Casual, but with a bit more of a streamlined finish and a more neutral palette.
Modern beach house interior design embraces organic forms, and mixes them with more angular, clean lines. And natural textures have a big place in modern coastal spaces as well. However, there is definitely a less-is-more approach to modern beach house decor—a top value of mid-century spaces. But the decor that is present is sculptural for a bold impact.
This home has an easy, relaxing color palette—full of neutral earth tones like tan, brown, and sand, along with pops of blue throughout. Basically, modern coastal’s palette pulls color inspiration from the beach, while maintaining some trendiness. This shows up in the brass and black accents, which add contrast and contribute to a more modern feel in this home.
Ready to check out the full tour of this dream beach house? Keep reading!
Modern Beach House Living Room
For a modern coastal living room, create an intentional mix of mid-century modern and coastal design elements, for a casual, approachable living space. In this room, you can see mid-century influences through the organic forms of the armchairs, the woven side tables, the tripod lamp, and the leather sofa with tapered legs. The coastal touches come through in the weathered wood accents and the natural textures—seen in the bamboo shades, the base rug, the jute floor cushions, and the rattan pendant lights. The sculptural driftwood on the coffee table is a piece of simple coastal decor—but its organic form very much plays into mid-century style as well.
The Key Elements:
Give it a casual feel. Coastal living rooms have a distinctly casual feel. Embrace this through a laid-back conversational layout in front of the fireplace. Floor poufs also give this living room a “beachy hangout” feel.
Layer various textures. Both mid-century and coastal styles celebrate mixing textures. Play this up through layered rugs, a mix of natural materials in lighting and upholstery, and adding pops of additional natural textures throughout.
Incorporate pops of blue. Blue is a color often found in coastal spaces. But it can also add a modern feel. Go for a natural color palette, punctuated with blue, for a nod to that mod coastal vibe.
Modern Beach House Entryway
This modern beach house entryway has a cool and trendy feel. The brass-legged credenza in a natural, light wood finish sets the tone for the space, with its polished but beachy vibe. But layering in other beachy decor gives that casual coastal vibe that’s perfect for beach house interior design.
The Key Elements:
Add sculptural elements. The sculptural task light pendant is definitely mid-century in style. But it ties into the brass and black found in the decor throughout the rest of the entryway—from the legs of the credenza to the mirror and table lamp on top of it. The mirror and table lamp also add some incredible sculptural elements.
Include a beachy element. The patterned blue rug pulls the blue color scheme into the entryway, and ties in with the modern coastal decor, like the ocean art leaned atop the credenza.
Modern Beach House Dining Room
Add some definite modern touches to your modern beach house dining room, for a space that feels casual and approachable. The furniture in this coastal dining space has very modern forms—but the light wood of the dining table and the caning inset on the credenza, along with the bamboo shades, help ground this space in a coastal look.
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Add some contrast. The wishbone-style chairs in black and espresso wood tie in with the black touches throughout the space. The result? A more mod take on coastal style, which we absolutely love.
Layer in some nature-inspired elements. Incorporating large pops of greenery gives a sense of pulling the outdoors in—an absolute must when it comes to beach house decor ideas. And the large piece of water-inspired artwork also harkens to the outdoors, giving one a sense of being connected to nature.
Create some visual interest with bold patterns. The blue kilim woven rug adds a bold pattern to the space—as well as bringing in the blue color scheme seen throughout the rest of this home. It has a very boho, beach house vibe, which fits perfectly with this space.
Modern Beach House Bedroom
This bedroom is cozy and approachable, but it still has that modern, pulled-together look—the perfect embodiment of modern beach house interior design. The neutral color scheme and modern lines of the furniture create a lightness to the space, making it feel so inviting. Layered bedding and a boho mix of pillows adds comfort and a casual pop of color to the bed. The bold abstract art brings in coastal colors without being too literal—and ties in with the colors of the pillows, rug, and wall.
The Key Elements:
Get cozy. The blue-grey accent wall adds a cozy touch to this bedroom and helps ground the space. Cozy layers of bedding make this a relaxing space in which you’ll love spending time.
Incorporate lots of natural textures. From the woven baskets to the patterned jute rug and pouf, these natural textures help ground this look in casual coastal. But the fringe of the rug also harkens to mid-century modern style, which helps modernize this space. (As do the clean lines of the furniture.)
Go mid-century with your light fixtures. To keep this bedroom feeling more modern, we opted for mid-century lighting, with the atomic pendant and the brass table lamps.
Want to create a modern coastal beach house look in your home?