Modern Coastal Style

What is Modern Coastal Style

Modern coastal style blends the clean, sophisticated lines, and minimalism of modern design with the relaxed, laid-back vibe of coastal living. This style is perfect for coastal home lovers who want to create the clean, modern beach hotel look.

In this guide, we’ll explore some of the key features of modern coastal home style and how you can incorporate them into your own home.

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How to create the Modern Coastal home?

A Modern Coastal home brings the serenity of the beach into a clean, airy, bright space.

Here is a guide for creating a Modern Coastal home:

Modern Coastal Style Color Palette

Like any coastal style, the color palette of a modern coastal home is also inspired by the sea, sand, and sky and includes shades of blue, green, beige, and white. But, unlike traditional coastal home styles, modern coastal can include brighter and more vibrant shades of these colors. The result is a fresh and modern take on coastal living that is both relaxing and energizing.

Materials used in Modern Coastal Style

In addition to the key elements of a coastal style (natural fibers, resistant fabrics, glass, white wood and stone), the use of reflective smooth surfaces is crucial for a modern look.

Glass, acrylic, metal and glossy finishes to white wood or stone will make the space larger, brighter and modern sleek.

Architectural Features of a Modern Coastal home

Modern coastal homes have distinctive architectural features that reflect the coastal environment while provide breathtaking views of the ocean and beach. Ideally, of course.

Even though a modern home style can survive in a slightly classic environment, it is better if the house has key modern features to really achieve that clean sleek look:

Large windows and sliding glass doors: Large windows and sliding glass doors must be the feature we all agree to be a staple of Modern Coastal Homes.

Floor-to-ceiling windows with simple lines frame a beautiful ocean view (if you have that luxury), while letting lots of natural light in, and light is key to achieve a breezy coastal home.

Open floor plans: Modern Coastal homes usually have open floor layouts, creating an airy spacious feel. Often, the living, dining, and kitchen spaces are blended into a single space, perfect for gathering family and friends.

Roof Terrace and Outdoor Living: Roof terraces and outdoor living spaces, like decks, patios, and balconies, to relax and sunbathe. These areas are often furnished with comfortable seating, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens.

Modern Coastal Style Furniture

When it comes to furniture, modern coastal decor is all about clean lines, simple shapes and smooth surfaces.

While traditional styles have lots of natural rough textures, the modern coastal version counterbalances that rustic roughness with smooth surfaces, because these will create the clean, visually uncluttered space of a modern home.

You still want the coastal style furniture, mostly in white, and you can even add some classic pieces, but with straighter, simpler lines and designs.


Just because it’s modern and minimalist it doesn’t mean you can, or you shouldn’t, add accessories. Accessories add life and warmth to any home.

The key is to not go overboard with them. Keep it simple, minimal and choose less detailed patterns and textures.

Add some vases, jars, table lamps, and pictures frames in coastal colors and patterns, but with much more simple lines and smoother surfaces.

Look for smooth polished ceramics, glossy ceramic or stone floor tiles, glass, stone or polished wood coffee and side tables.

Throw pillows can have bolder colors (like turquoise) but simple patterns (stripes or solid colors).

And to keep the coastal theme (but not themed), you can add beach-inspired accents like coral sculptures or a glass vase filled with sand, large seashells and candles, beach cobbles.


For lighting look for sleek pendant lights or floor lamps in glass or metal; and if you have the height and space for it, a statement piece. But the modern take of coastal home isn’t too much about a modern museum artwork show, it’s just about simplifying the lines and minimizing the default coastal interior.

Choose coastal style table lamps with much simpler designs and smoother surfaces like ceramic, glass, stone or wood. Large and bulky are better.

And if you can use built in lights around the ceiling, the floor, inside shelving to add depth.

Putting it all together

A Modern Coastal Home is all about smooth surfaces, straight lines, lots of space and natural light. Using the coastal style palette, but allowing bolder tones as accent colors. Creating an airy, breezy spacious clean summer hotel like look.