Understated and Elegant Coastal Design

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Elegant coastal style is fresh and serene
Elegant coastal style is fresh and serene (homebunch)

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.

The view takes center stage in this coastal home
The view takes center stage in this coastal home (homebunch)
A modern coastal home interior
A modern coastal home interior (idesignarch)
Subtle colors, paired down accessories and natural fibers in this elegant room
Subtle colors, paired down accessories and natural fibers in this elegant room (garrisonhullinger)
An elegant coastal interior
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.

Natural fibers play a large part in the elegant coastal design style
Natural fibers play a large part in the elegant coastal design style (Houzz)
Natural fibers and a fresh color scheme for elegant coastal style
Natural fibers and a fresh color scheme for elegant coastal style (homebunch)
Natural wood blends into this coastal room
Natural wood blends into this coastal room (interiordesignfiles)
A few key accessories add to the coastal elegance
A few key accessories add to the coastal elegance (Pinterest)
Elegant coastal design
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.

Cool, fresh colors in this coastal design
Cool, fresh colors in this coastal design (dkorinteriors)
The modern coastal home is fresh and light
The modern coastal home is fresh and light (homivo)
Elegance prevails with subtle tones
Elegance prevails with subtle tones (Houzz)
Modern coastal design where the view takes center stage
Modern coastal design where the view takes center stage (digsdigs)
Natural fibers and woven furnishings enhance this coastal room
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.

Accessories in the elegant coastal home are subtle
Accessories in the elegant coastal home are subtle (homebunch)
An understated elegance prevails in this coastal home
An understated elegance prevails in this coastal home (interiordesignforhouses)
A few bright pieces add interest to this coastal room
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.

Elegant coastal interior
Elegant coastal interior (Pinterest)
Soft colors and seascapes enhance this coastal bedroom
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.

Subtle coastal theme is elegant
Subtle coastal theme is elegant (homestratosphere, Krista Watterworth Design Studio)
Soothing, cool colors highlight this coastal bedroom
Soothing, cool colors highlight this coastal bedroom (Houzz)
Simple cotton duck covers work well in the elegant coastal home
Simple cotton duck covers work well in the elegant coastal home (mewe.co)
Throw pillows hint at coastal design in this soothing interior
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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