Coastal design is on-trend these days and can be observed across residential, commercial and hospitality spaces. Modular Walls walks you through this design trend and provides a few pointers on how to achieve it yourself.

What is coastal design?

From Three Birds Renovations to The Coastal Barn Dream, the coastal design aesthetic is capturing the imagination of designers. This trend is expected to continue for some time as it suits our Australian way of life and climate so well.

Coastal is an incredibly natural look, focusing on natural materials, light fabrics and neutral colours. There are several interpretations too within coastal design, including boho coastal, modern coastal and rural coastal – each drawing on the same overall theme but in their own unique ways.

Coastal is not the same as nautical design, where anchor print and seashells reign supreme. Instead, it is a simplified take on a beachside inspired aesthetic.

It’s also different from the Hamptons style. While they may look similar, Hamptons is grander and more luxurious – the interiors are more elegant, and the accents are darker. On the other hand, coastal style is raw and understated.

How to get the coastal look

Getting the coastal look is easy if you remember a few fundamental rules. To begin with, it is important to stick to the coastal colour palette. You can’t go wrong working accent colours into a beige or white-on-white colour scheme.

Next, keep the coastal theme running throughout your home. We love a matching interior and exterior design, and coastal does this flawlessly.

Now, all you need to do is plan out your zones and evaluate the interior décor you will need, including coastal wall art, rugs, cushions and lighting. Lastly, don’t forget some key outdoor pieces in natural materials such as rattan, wicker or light wood to complete the look. You can even paint your ModularWalls in the same colour palette to help create a seamless transition from inside to out.

Coastal style is all about a relaxed vibe. Here are a few ideas on achieving this simple yet stunning look!

Interior coastal inspiration

From lighting to prints and furniture, we’ve found some fantastic examples of how to weave the coastal look through your home:

  • Coffee table
  • Cushions
  • Lighting

Exterior coastal inspiration

Coastal design works beautifully in an outdoor setting, and we’ve got a few great suggestions to get this look in your backyard and exterior:

  • Brass décor
  • Umbrellas
  • Armchairs

Coastal design is a timeless trend that will look great in any home. So take inspiration from Three Birds Renovations, Coastal Barn Dream, and The Block, or simply create your own coastal style. Whichever style you choose, you can’t go wrong with a white-on-white scheme, and adding colour and natural finishes. Above all, you want your home to feel warm and inviting and be a relaxing place to enjoy with family and friends.