Coastal design has always been incredibly eclectic—embracing a mix of seemingly contradictory styles and eras, color palates and textures. But no matter the mix, all coastal design styles share one thing in common—they serve to complement the natural landscape and bring the homeowner closer to their environment.
In 2018, coastal design continues to diversify and evolve. Here are a few of the most popular up-and-coming coastal trends:
Dark & Stormy
Across nearly every popular style, color palates are becoming cooler and moodier. Coastal design lovers have been quick to adapt to the color shift, with homeowners in Florida embracing dark woods, greige (that is that wonderful gray beige color) walls and an eclectic mix of vintage, antique and modern décor.
This office perfectly embodies the dark and stormy look. By keeping the walls a crisp, stark white, the designer prevents the dark floor and black molded chair from overpowering the scene, allowing the room to maintain an open, airy and breezy feel. Finally, the palm sitting atop the thick, colonial style desk helps to bring the look full circle.
Design Works created this kitchen that features a mix of black and white cabinets (read about this cabinet trend here) and stunning dalmata granite countertop that almost resembles a topographical map.
Contemporary Coastal Design
Contemporary coastal trends make use of bright colors, sleek lines and geometric patterns that pay tribute to Florida’s lush environment and past as an art deco epicenter. But while tropical patterns can still be found in abundance, contemporary styles favor more subtle nods to Florida’s landscape.
This kitchen features tile and stone from Design Works supplier Jeffrey Court. While it doesn’t scream “coastal” in a traditional sense, it subtly incorporates elements that have come to dominate contemporary Florida design: trey ceilings, white painted millwork and cadet blue accents.
This kitchen by Design Works also features dusty blue cabinets but brings in another subtle nod to the sea with its pearlescent tile backsplash and chandeliers.
Design Works supplier MiR Mosaic did a fantastic job with this dreamy bathroom that features stunning wall-to-wall marble. The natural veining in the stone next to the sharp geometric pattern of the tiles makes the scene all the more impressive. To make this bathroom feel at home in Florida, the stand-alone bathtub sits atop large stones that look like they could have been pulled right off the beach.
Homeowners are looking to create relaxing spaces that bring the beach closer to home. White washed woods, brushed metals and bone white ceramics help create soft, inviting spaces.
This airy bungalow is breezy and beach ready. To help the look feel more polished and less rustic, the addition of mid-century style furniture creates clean, but soft, lines.
Crisp white linens and rattan accents set the stage for this bedroom office retreat. Polished terra cotta tile and nickel finishes perfectly contrast with the distressed wood frame and whitewashed furniture, creating a look that is both masculine and feminine.