Homes & Design Photo Credit: Janis Nicolay

Trend Guide 2016: Contemporary Beach House

Sandy shores and ocean palettes inspire a modern new nautical.

It’s not about living on the water—it’s about bringing the beach house home. The modern take on this look sees spaces evoking sandy beaches in a less kitschy way: bedside vignettes of seashells and navy blue anchor-print pillows are replaced with subtle rope accents on baskets and accessories, grey and sandy whitewashed woods in wide planks, and an ocean-inspired palette of dreamy aquas and blues. Calgary designer Kevin Mitchell says the time of dark, formal and heavy-handed interiors is over—things are lightening up (for the better) for 2016.

Inspiring Space: Contemporary Beach House

Photo: Janis Nicolay
Photo: Janis Nicolay

Vancouver designer Angela Robinson shows how to channel beach house through your palette with sandy-toned pieces like the pendant light, wall frames and floor alongside turquoise Eames chairs and a white breakfast table.

Key Pieces to Get the Contemporary Beach House Look

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Your Beach House Paint Palette

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The Life Aquatic Pastel aquas and blues are the perfect accompaniment to modern white interiors. Here: Benjamin Moore’s Morning Sky Blue and White Satin.

What the Pros Have to Say

jenny martin“Inspired by whitecaps, ethereal cloud cover, sandy beaches, rocky shores and driftwood piles—it’s the new West Coast palette.” —Jenny Martin, Jenny Martin Design

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