8 Ways to Get a Coastal Modern Style Vibe 



Temperatures are heating up and summer is around the corner. Whether you live close to the beach or not, a fun way to refresh your home design is by adding coastal modern style to it.

Beach style can encompass rustic, boho and contemporary looks. The fusion of coastal + modern  fusion brings in lightness, nature and a stream lined feel that is perfect for this summer season.

1. Lines + stripes


Looking out into the horizon at sunrise, sunset, or any time of day is one of the main attraction to beach living. Select furniture soft furnishings, and art with horizontal lines to inspire a more coastal look in your space.




Working lines into the architectural design is a more permanent way to offer a coastal flair. Wood panels in headboards or decorative wall paneling are ways to achieve this look.


Stripes have always been attributed to nautical style, so introducing them into a design is also a good way to get those lines in. Combined with solids and other patterns, these add interest to chosen textiles.



Pieces with unique line distribution like these poufs give your overall coastal look a modern flair.



2. Fresh beach palette: black, white + botanical green


It’s no secret that the key to coastal colors is to reflect them in nature. Neutrals, azures/turquoises, and corals are typically perfect in bringing forth the hues of sand and surf. But, what if we diverted a little from the formula?




Modern spaces embrace the black and white color scheme to exhibit contrast and form. Use this palette with an additional element of natural green in your coastal modern style home. The use of plants offers a beautiful tropical feel and softens the monochromatic look.



3. Rattan


Popular in the 80s, rattan has a here-to-stay disposition. Natural and woven, items in this finish immediately bring forth a coastal look. Rattan lounge chairs and headboards are certainly popular in boho chic spaces. But, there are modern designs that do a great job of fusing both beach and contemporary easily.




4. Mid century pieces


Elements of mid century modern style like clean lines, bold colors, and a connection to nature bode well in a coastal modern home.




Stream lined furniture provides a subtlety in a space that allows for decor items to be highlighted. Contributing to the airy look beach inspired rooms call for, mid century pieces are sleek as well which bring out a more modern look.



Tethered to nature, mid century modern items embrace natural materials such as wood, metal and leather or cotton textiles. These elements work beautifully in the coastal modern style as they recall the natural influence of sand and sea.



5. Baskets





Not just functional, baskets are a perfect accent piece in coastal modern style. Whether at an entry space to house beach towels or picnic blankets, or at the foot of the bed for pillows and throws, baskets give a natural appeal to a room.



6.Geo decor 



Beach style has a broad range of going rustic, boho, or modern. By applying accents with geometric patterns we lean into a more contemporary feel.





7. Light weight pendants


Hanging light fixtures are a great way to bring vertical attention to the aesthetic. To give your space a more coastal modern style, consider pendants or chandeliers that not only illuminate beautifully but bring a lightness in weight.






8. Palms


We couldn’t complete our list without the mention of plants. Certainly, there are a number of plants that inspire a beachy feel to a space. Palms are a favorite as they emit  a tropical feel to any room without effort.


Whether tall and prominent in large planters or snipped immaturely for table top vases, this botanical beauty enhances any coastal modern style space.





Care for palms vary due to the numerous species that exist. For some helpful tips, check out this post shared by The Spruce.


We always love inspiration! Along with this list, Houzz has more tips here on how to merge that coastal + modern look in your space. 




Here are out tops 3 picks to influence a coastal modern style in your home.

  1. Lynn pendant light

  2. Drake rattan accent chair

  3. Modern cane chest of drawers


Blog post collaboration by founder of THE GOOD ABODE, Christine Martin. Get your online design project started today with Christine’s design help. Just drop her a message and be sure to use promo code: ECGoods for a discounted interior design package!


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