The coastal style interior is much coveted in home design for its serene, relaxed and slightly whimsical vibe. A look that never goes out of style, the fresh and clean aesthetic is best suited to seaside homes. However, one can pull off the quintessential interior style even in homes not quite near the beach.

Electrical heating and domestic appliances specialist Glen Dimplex Australia lists out five design must-haves to achieve the perfect modern interior for coastal living.

Exposed trusses and French doors

Every aspiring beach house needs architectural features such as exposed beams and French doors opening to the outside. In crisp white, of course.


A fireplace

A fireplace is the perfect way to add ambience to your home; a gas fireplace simply makes it easy with a touch of a button – perfect for holiday homes. (Image: Nina Maya’s home by Prue Ruscoe)


Outdoor shower

No modern beach house is complete without an outdoor shower to wash away the sand after a full day at the beach.


Plantation window shutters

For an instant Hampton’s vibe, install some white plantation shutters. Even if you live in the city, you can get the beach house look easily with this cute window treatment. (Image: Jessop Architects)


Soft colour palette

Soft greys and blues, clean whites and pastels, these colours are just perfect for the beach house look. Bright colours just don’t give off the same serene atmosphere. (Image: Nina Maya’s home by Prue Ruscoe)