8 Coastal Design Trends To Bring Timeless Style To Your Home

Vernacular Architecture

From glass-and-cedar facades in the Pacific Northwest to deep porches in the Lowcountry, each region has a distinct design language developed to address climate challenges and highlight local strengths.

Create a Formal(ish) Dining Room

In the era of open floor plans, dining areas have more flexibility than ever. Whether it's a cozy nook off the kitchen, like this one designed by Colleen Bashaw, or a dedicated room, make the most of your walls.

Incorporate Tomorrow's Heirlooms

While treasured family heirlooms like vintage dhurries and Slim Aarons estate prints add charm, today s beach houses are creating their own future classics.

Bring Pretty Outdoor Fabrics Inside

Designer Andrew Howard notes that advances in fabric technology have made all-weather fabrics indistinguishable from indoor options. Fabrics from brands like Sunbrella, Perennials, and Link Outdoor are stain.

Opt for Deep-Seating Outdoor Furniture

Deep-seating furniture, with seat depths extended by two to four inches, offers a cozy upgrade for outdoor relaxation. While standard seat depth is 21 to 22 inches, deep-seated furniture typically measures 24 to 25 inches.

Use Minimal Hardscape

In coastal landscapes, blue water and natural greenery should dominate. Designer Celerie Kemble s pool area uses minimal hardscape with coral-stone coping that almost disappears, allowing natural elements to shine.

Give Kitchens Character

While modern kitchens often boast numerous bells and whistles, character remains the most enduring feature. Add personality to the busiest room in the house with graphic tiles, like the hand-painted geometric patterns on the wall and island in this West Coast kitchen.

Consider Rustic Touches

Embrace a slower pace with rustic touches in the kitchen. The simple wood-and-iron table and Hans Wegner chairs in this light-filled kitchen invite leisurely coffee breaks. The rustic wood elements complement the rest of the kitchen's airy design.