Elements of Coastal Design

Beach Towns

Join us on a tour of this quintessential Jersey Shore beach home

Just 5 houses down from the beach in a quaint little sleepy shore town, lies this stunning modern coastal home. Interior Design: Pearce Design Group, Architect: Akertect Design, Builder: Walter G. Kosenski II & Sons Coastal Building

Coastal Design Inspired by the Shore

Modern coastal design takes inspiration from the environment in the form of calm, neutral colors, textures that mimic what you’d find along the shore, and the relaxed, laid-back energy of life by the sea. Our designers pulled inspiration from the beach just a short walk down the road in key elements of the home, like the flow of the open concept first floor, the functionality of the guest bathroom, or the playfulness of the bunk room – all spaces to be shared by the homeowners and their guests as they enjoy the summer fun.


Elements of modern coastal design found in this stunning open kitchen at the Jersey Shore.

Monochromatic Color Scheme

The first thing you notice in the kitchen is the calming, monochromatic color scheme. From the clean whites in the wall color, the textured tiles, and the countertops to the natural wood tones in the flooring, counter stools, island and range hood.

Durable Finishes and Functionality

Durable floors, countertops, cabinet pulls, and appliances create functionality across the space. Homeowners don’t have to worry about coming in sandy from the beach, as the durability of the finishes holds up against the daily realities of a beach home. The coffee bar creates a welcoming space for the homeowners and guests to serve themselves each morning before heading out for the day.


Texture is incredibly important when it comes to coastal design. In the kitchen, we see this reflected in the weave of the pendant lights, which is reminiscent of fishing baskets, in the sandy feel of the textured tile above the range, in the weave of the counter stools, and in the natural wood of the range hood and floors.

Natural Wood Tones

Speaking of the natural wood, the tones in the range hood, the floors, and the kitchen island tie the sand element into the space.

A coffee bar makes it easy for guests to grab a cup each morning before heading out to the beach.

Hall Bathroom

Color Palette

The color palette for the hall bathroom was inspired by the Jersey Shore. In fact, it was pulled directly from a framed picture of one of the town’s lifeguard boats that hangs in the bathroom. Here you’ll find beachy greens, red, and deep ocean blue. Additionally, the lighter, neutral tones in the wall color and vanity tie that breezy, coastal feel into the space.

Masculine Features

Meanwhile, moody tile, simple features, and streamlined hardware and fixtures bring masculine energy to this boys’ bathroom.

Bunk Room

A Playful Vibe

While anyone can sleep in these full-sized beds, the bunk room is the ultimate kids room. For instance, can’t you just imagine building a fort in here? The playful vibe created by the connected beds and the fun art elements and accessories sets the stage for late night giggles and chats after a long day at the beach.

Modern Coastal Design Elements

As we’ve seen in the other rooms throughout the home, the neutral tones in the wood ladder and the rustic shiplap bring in those beachy elements and texture. Black fixtures tie in the modern feel.

Primary Bedroom

Bringing Coastal Inside the Home

For the primary bedroom, the design team really focused on texture and touch. Rustic, natural flooring that evokes images of driftwood. A reeded seagrass bedframe. Natural linen bedding that feels like a light beach blanket for those warm summer nights. Additionally, the primary bedroom colors are a bit softer than the rest of the home. Here you’ll find light sands, soft easy blues, and natural linen tones throughout.


May 14, 2024

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