Cape Cod Beach Home Inspiration

A Cape Cod living room with couches and a fireplace.

Coastal New England in the summertime.  The quintessential American dream of the summer vacation.  The place where you can hob-nob with the elite and enjoy the warmer months in splendor by the water.  The Cape Cod beach home offers the perfect abode for these halcyon days.  Here we offer Cape Cod beach home inspiration that gives you a taste of these splendid casually elegant homes.  Pull up an Adirondack chair and sip your cocktail as you dream along with us and explore summer in the Cape.

A Cape Cod house with two garages and a large yard.
Shingle style Cape Cod beach house (Architectural Digest)

The view says it all in these magnificent homes by the water.  Expansive windows and furnishings that don’t interfere with the view give the Cape Cod home its signature look.  Add to that the rich architectural details such as moldings, wainscoting and plenty of bead board, for an equation that equals structural beauty.

A white couch in a Cape Cod living room.
Beautiful view captures the essence of this Cape Cod design (Wendi Young, ASID,

Fabrics in the Cape Cod home are simple and natural.  Linen and cotton upholstery, sisal rugs and grass cloth wall coverings cover the interior space.  Bleached and painted wood or a mixture of finishes combine to give a casually cohesive look.

A Cape Cod living room decorated in a nautical style.
Quaint homage to the sea (Houzz)

Simple colors reminiscent of the beach give the Cape Cod home its airy and fresh appeal.  Shades of blue and plenty of white and tan create a balance that is comforting and classic.

A Cape Cod living room with a view of the ocean.
Light-filled interior with soft colors (Houzz)

The use of bead board throughout the classic Cape Cod home is dominant, as is painted woodwork and trim.

A Cape Cod living room with wood beams.
High ceilings highlight this Cape Cod home (HGTV)

Gleaming wood floors warm up the space, while hospitality reigns with open floor plans perfect for large family gatherings.

An aerial view of a living room with white furniture and blue accents.
Blue and white interior enhances this beach home (idesignarch)

Light wood, soaring ceilings, plenty of windows and a stone fireplace give this home a vacation vibe.  Cozy furnishings upholstered in neutral fabric keep the casual feel.

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A large living room with a stone fireplace in Cape Cod.
A stone fireplace is the focal point (irastar)

Cape Cod style adheres to classic design principles.  These interiors look effortless and comfortable.

A Cape Cod living room with white furniture and a ceiling fan.
Bright and airy beach home room (ourboathouse)
A Cape Cod living room with white furniture and a fireplace.
Spacious room for family gatherings at the Cape (homebunch)

Window seats offer the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the views.  Additional seating and extra storage underneath are the other perks of these comfy perches.

A Cape Cod living room with a fireplace.
A cozy and light-filled space (Houzz)
A Cape Cod dining room with large windows overlooking the ocean.
Plenty of room for family and friends (homebunch)

The Cape Cod kitchen is large and well-appointed for food preparation and entertaining.  Central islands are the base and eat-in areas offer a place for quick breakfasts and snacks.

A Cape Cod-inspired white kitchen with a center island and bar stools.
Spacious kitchens are a must in the Cape Cod beach home (homebunch)
A Cape Cod kitchen with a large island and white cabinets.
Plenty of room for gatherings in this Cape Cod kitchen (

Columns offer additional architectural interest and highlight the decorative molding and bead board ceiling.

A large kitchen with white cabinets and a center island, inspired by Cape Cod.
Windows and columns exemplify Cape Cod style (Houzz)

The classic shingle style Cape Code home is one of the most unique American architectural styles.  These homes began appearing along the coast of New England in the late 19th century and are now one of the beloved styles of that area.  The rooflines are often multi-faceted structures inspired by Victorian homes.

A Cape Cod home with a shingled roof and white siding.
Shingle style coastal home (Pinterest)

The Cape Cod beach house is not complete without lavish balconies and porches.  Here, it is all about the view.  The porch is merely an extension of the indoor space.

A Cape Cod beach house with lawn chairs.
Beautiful porch on shingle style home (betterlifeconnection.blogspot)

Enjoying an evening on the patio is one of the pleasures of summer in New England.  Comfortable seating and candlelight welcome.

An outdoor living area with white furniture and a fireplace inspired by Cape Cod.
A relaxing patio on the Cape (youtube)
A Cape Cod house with a pool at dusk.
Beautiful evening by the pool at the Cape (deringhall)

Vacation retreat or second home, a lovely and uniquely American classic Cape Cod home is sure to please.  These homes are truly as asset to the coastline of New England and serve as the causally elegant beacons of an iconic style.

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