Understated and Elegant Coastal Design

A living room with elegant white furniture.

Many of us love the fresh and light interiors of the coastal home.  There is a subtlety and visual calm that prevails in the coastal home’s interiors.  Elegant coastal design is refined and understated.  It is subtle colors reminiscent of sand, sky and sea.  This design style is about natural materials, a soft palette and meaningful accents.

A living room with an elegant coastal design and a view of the ocean.
The view takes center stage in this coastal home (homebunch)
An understated living room with an elegant coastal design and a view of the ocean.
A modern coastal home interior (idesignarch)
A living room with understated and elegant coastal design, featuring couches and a fireplace.
Subtle colors, paired down accessories and natural fibers in this elegant room (garrisonhullinger)
An elegant living room with understated coastal design featuring white furniture and a ceiling fan.
An elegant coastal interior (ourboathouse)

To obtain an elegant coastal look, refrain from the use of too much nautical and beach-themed décor.  Focus more on natural fibers and accents – sisal rugs, cotton upholstery, natural wood and woven furniture.

A white living room with elegant coastal design and a fireplace.
Natural fibers play a large part in the elegant coastal design style (Houzz)
An elegant living room with understated coastal design featuring striped curtains and a coffee table.
Natural fibers and a fresh color scheme for elegant coastal style (homebunch)
A dining room with understated elegance featuring wooden beams and a chandelier.
Natural wood blends into this coastal room (interiordesignfiles)
An elegant bedroom with a large bed and a chandelier, featuring understated coastal design.
A few key accessories add to the coastal elegance (Pinterest)
An elegant living room with understated coastal design featuring blue and white furniture.
Elegant coastal design (vanelibg)

The colors of elegant coastal style are fresh and light.  Think watercolor blues, greens and whites, accented with natural wood tones.  The overall effect is calming and serene.  The spaces open up and blend with the views outside of wide windows.

A elegantly designed dining room with a glass table and chairs showcasing a stunning view of the ocean.
Cool, fresh colors in this coastal design (dkorinteriors)
An elegant coastal living room with a view of the ocean.
The modern coastal home is fresh and light (homivo)
A living room with elegant coastal design featuring blue walls and white furniture.
Elegance prevails with subtle tones (Houzz)
An understated living room with an elegant coastal design featuring a large painting on the wall.
Modern coastal design where the view takes center stage (digsdigs)
An elegant living room with an understated coastal design featuring a sectional couch and a coffee table.
Natural fibers and woven furnishings enhance this coastal room (amazinginteriordesign)

Accessories are pieces of natural coral, seashells and driftwood.  Brass diving helmets, lights and sophisticated navigational instruments augment an elegant coastal design.  A single large model sailboat may sit center stage upon the mantle.

An elegant round table in an understated coastal foyer.
Accessories in the elegant coastal home are subtle (homebunch)
Understated coastal kitchen with a large island.
An understated elegance prevails in this coastal home (interiordesignforhouses)
A living room with elegant pink chairs and a fireplace designed in an understated coastal style.
A few bright pieces add interest to this coastal room (houseofarch)

Fresh white walls with bead board enhancements highlight well in the elegant coastal home.  Paintings of seascapes, realist or abstract, hang on the walls and capture the colors of the room.

An elegant living room with wood floors and a ceiling fan, designed with understated coastal elements.
Elegant coastal interior (Pinterest)
An elegant bedroom with an understated coastal design featuring a white bed and a view of the ocean.
Soft colors and seascapes enhance this coastal bedroom (interiorexteriorideas)

Fabrics hinting at ocean themes, such as coral, seashells and ropes are used on chairs, ottomans and pillows.  Tailored simple stripes and white cotton duck fabrics cover the chief furniture pieces.

An elegant living room with understated coastal design featuring white furniture and blue accents.
Subtle coastal theme is elegant (homestratosphere, Krista Watterworth Design Studio)
A bedroom with an elegant coastal design and a view of the ocean.
Soothing, cool colors highlight this coastal bedroom (Houzz)
An elegant living room with understated coastal design featuring white furniture and a fireplace.
Simple cotton duck covers work well in the elegant coastal home (mewe.co)
A living room with an elegant coastal design and a view of the ocean.
Throw pillows hint at coastal design in this soothing interior (wdesign)

The elegant coastal home is serene and calming.  The colors and elements are subtle, to let the views take center stage.  Light and airy, the elegant coastal home beckons to those enjoying lazy summer days on the beach or late night winter bonfires.  Soft colors, natural fibers and minimal accents all contribute to this welcoming and soothing style.

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