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Rethinking Modern Coastal Design in Waterfront Properties

The age of beach-themed mansions stuffed with turquoise seashell wallpaper is far behind us. Modern coastal design, an emerging trend in interior decorating, fuses traditional oceanfront properties with a contemporary, minimalist twist. In fact, coastal properties are at the forefront of some of the most cutting-edge innovations in interior decorating, with many seaside property owners looking for new ways to re-center the coastal landscape within an interior home. Above all, modern coastal decorating aims to make seaside homes the ideal place to unwind after a long day in the sun: so that the inside of your home is truly connected with the ocean display adjacent to it.

What Is Modern Coastal?

Broadly speaking, modern coastal interior design is a movement that seeks to blend coastal living spaces with a sleek, cutting-edge finish. Often, contemporary modern coastal living spaces will make use of open-faced kitchen and living spaces. 57 Ocean recommends sticking to a minimalist, sleek interface for appliances and structural materials, which keeps the focus of the property centered on the coast. Of course, another major component to modern coastal living is keeping indoor living spaces de-cluttered: a simple, minimalist approach to decorating will make the property an excellent place to entertain guests and unwind during your downtime.

All Eyes On The Beach

A hard-and-fast rule when it comes to designing coastal and waterfront properties is to keep the interior centered on the beautiful coastal scene outside. Conventionally, this means large, sometimes floor-to-ceiling glass windows aimed at the beach display. However, other senses come into play, too: you can re-center the coast in your property by using skylights, which let in a lot of fresh sea-salt air and soothing ocean noises while providing maximum sunlight in your living space.  It’s also a good idea to place living room furniture facing towards the sea: same goes for beds in any bedrooms that open out to a view of the ocean.


Cozumel House / Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Play With Textures

Going to the beach is a tactile sensory experience and one that coastal interior designers are skilled at replicating. When choosing materials for your coastal property, think about layering textures: pebbled stoned floors, for instance, work great when paired with a colorful woven rug because the two textures juxtapose each other.

You can also layer textures within your sofa: ideally, the couch, throw blankets and throw pillows should complement each other not just in color, but also in texture to give your sitting space a varied feel. Texturing works great when it comes to pottery and dishware, too: play with different textures until you get a dinner set perfect for entertaining guests after a day at the beach.

The future is scenic: which is why contemporary trends in coastal living are intent on keeping the outdoor landscape in prime display. Through blending sleek interior materials with a crisp, decluttered approach to decorating, you can make your beachfront property a dream getaway for connecting with the sea.