Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge?

There’s something irresistible about timeless, lovely, breezy, beachy, easy coastal design style. Thank goodness the size of the budget for creating the look need not be a deal breaker. Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge highlights a broad range of furnishings and accents to capture coastal vibes. Even if the beach is hundreds of miles from your door, you can introduce tranquil colors inspired by it. You can also choose decor and furniture suggestive of a restful, relaxed seaside pace. It’s all about mood!

Hanging Rattan Bench
Hanging Rattan Bench, Serena & Lily…certainly lovely indeed.

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Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge?

What keeps a design feeling contemporary and not old school or dull? It’s YOU. Start with function and think about how you live in 2021.

White oak hardwood flooring and floating staircase in entry.Board and batten coastal cottage in Palmetto Bluff with modern farmhouse interior design by Lisa Furey.
Lisa Furey Interiors – get the look of this entry HERE

Why decorate a formal dining room with a bunch of nods to the ocean and shells if you never use the space for dining? Do you need a Zen space to listen to music and for yoga? A crafting space or office?

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Tour Airy Spaces for Contemporary Coastal Cottage Inspo

You don’t always have to look to what designers who specialize in “coastal interiors” for inspiration. In fact, you don’t even have to search “coastal” in your Pinterest or youTube exploration. Sometimes, it is better to look the other way! For example, these rooms may inspire with their neutral, airy, breezy, contemporary flavor:

Blue Painted Porch Ceiling

Whether or not you live in the South, a pretty haint blue porch ceiling belongs! Is it contemporary? The thing is, you can always freshen age old traditions. But what if you don’t have a porch ceiling to paint? Maybe a mud room, bedroom ceiling or a bonus space ceiling could be elevated with a blue ceilinged smile.

But what shade of blue? Find tranquil blue paint colors to consider here.

Coastal Living Idea House 2018 Screen Porch off living room designed by Jenny Keenan. Come see Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Inspiration Photos and Decidedly Lovely Shopping Resources.
A beautiful screen porch in Coastal Living Idea House 2018 – with MeshGuard screening. Photo: J. Savage Gibson/Styling: Liz Strong/Interior Designer: Jenny Keenan/Architect: Eric Moser.

Here are additional Southern style blue ceilings to admire:

SHERWIN WILLIAMS Rainwashed on ceiling of Southern Living Showcase mud room. Photo: The Decorologist.
Sherwin Williams Rainwashed paint color on ceiling – Southern Living Showhouse via The Decorologist
Breathtaking light blue bedroom in Southeastern Designer showhouse - design by Tristan Harstan. Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.
SW Rainwashed ceiling in a Southeastern Designer Showhouse; Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Interior Design: Tristan Harstan.
Quiet Moments pale blue paint color (Benjamin Moore) on a porch ceiling in a lovely space with rattan furniture - @islandpainteddecorating. #quietmoments #paintcolors #lightblue #paintcolors
Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments paint color on ceiling – @islandpaintanddecorating
Porch swing. Board and batten coastal cottage in Palmetto Bluff with modern farmhouse interior design by Lisa Furey. Come see Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Inspiration Photos and Decidedly Lovely Shopping Resources.
Elegant Charleston Porch Swing on porch off master bedroom in this home. Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Inspiration Photos and Decidedly Lovely Shopping Resources. Interior design inspiration: contemporary coastal style and furniture as well as home decor finds to get the look.
Custom Carolina The Elegant Charleston Hanging Bed
Elegant Charleston Porch Swing…hello lovely indeed.

What a bonus when your “ceiling” can be true, sky blue:

Interior of a charming chic Shed Shed by Donna Jenkins of The Tinker House Trading Company in Country Living.
Design: Donna Jenkins. Country Living magazine.
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Blue and White Contemporary Coastal Decor Inspiration

Living room. Board and batten coastal cottage in Palmetto Bluff with modern farmhouse interior design by Lisa Furey. Discover Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Inspiration Photos and Decidedly Lovely Shopping Resources.
See more of this great room in a board and batten South Carolina coastal cottage. Design: Lisa Furey ( Photo: Lindsey Shorter). Custom indigo/white linen pillows on sofa: fabric is Schumacher Andromeda Japanese Style linen. Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White/Coffee Table: Oomph Edgartown.

Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Save With These Cost Conscious Finds

Southport Patio Egg Chair from Taget - photo from My Little French Venue.
Photo: My Little French Venue…certainly lovely indeed.

Coastal Style Rattan Egg Chair

Southport Patio Egg Chair - Opalhouseâ„¢ - image 1 of 12
Southport Patio Egg Chair…certainly lovely indeed. Coastal Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Inspiration Photos and Decidedly Lovely Shopping Resources. Interior design inspiration: contemporary coastal style and furniture as well as home decor finds to get the look.

Coastal Style Accent Tables

Southport Nesting Patio Coffee & End Table Black/Brown - Opalhouseâ„¢ - image 1 of 7
Southport Nesting Patio Coffee & End Table, Target…certainly lovely indeed.

Contemporary Coastal Style Patio Sets

Southport 3pc Wicker Motion Patio Chat Set Linen - Opalhouseâ„¢ - image 1 of 6
Southport 3 Piece Wicker Motion Set, Target…certainly lovely indeed. Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Inspiration Photos and Decidedly Lovely Shopping Resources. Interior design inspiration: contemporary coastal style and furniture as well as home decor finds to get the look.
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Contemporary Coastal Style Hanging Chair

Hanging Chair, Serena & Lily

Contemporary Coastal Living Room Furniture & Decor to Get the Look

5'x7' Jute Braided Flatweave Area Rug - Tan - Threshold™ - image 1 of 4
Jute Braided Area Rug, Target…certainly practical indeed.
CaymanOttomanFrameS18
Cayman Ottoman, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed.
Quote about staying calm and peaceful in times of uncertainty. #peacequotes #calmquotes

Affordable Contemporary Coastal Home Decor Finds to Get the Look

Coastal Decor Living Room: Slipcovered Furniture

CoteTableLampOffSHF16
Cote White Ceramic Lamp, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed. Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Inspiration Photos and Decidedly Lovely Shopping Resources. Interior design inspiration: contemporary coastal style and furniture as well as home decor finds to get the look.
BlueStitchedThrowPlwSHS19
Blue Stitched Throw Pillows, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed.
WillowGrandeSofaSnowSHS18_1x1
Willow Grande Modern Slipcovered Sofa, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed. Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Inspiration Photos and Decidedly Lovely Shopping Resources. Interior design inspiration: contemporary coastal style and furniture as well as home decor finds to get the look.
InesPillow20x20S2S19
Ines Pillow Set, Crate & Barrel…certainly lovely indeed.

Neutral Decor for a Coastal Living Room

Diamond Throw Pillow Black - Opalhouseâ„¢ - image 1 of 10
Diamond Throw Pillow, Target…certainly lovely indeed.
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Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Splurge With Fine Timeless Furniture & Decor

Coastal Style Hanging Rattan Bench

Hanging Rattan Bench
Hanging Rattan Bench, Serena & Lily…certainly lovely indeed.
Hanging Rattan Bench
Hanging Rattan Bench, Serena & Lily. Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Inspiration Photos and Decidedly Lovely Shopping Resources. Interior design inspiration: contemporary coastal style and furniture as well as home decor finds to get the look.

Elegant & Contemporary Coastal Style Living Room Finds

Serena & Lily Parkwood Collection
Parkwood Collection, Serena & Lily…certainly lovely indeed. Contemporary Coastal Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Inspiration Photos and Decidedly Lovely Shopping Resources. Interior design inspiration: contemporary coastal style and furniture as well as home decor finds to get the look.
Parkwood Sofa - Serena & Lily
Parkwood Sofa, Serena & Lily…certainly lovely indeed.
Blake Raffia Coffee Table
Blake Raffia Coffee Table, Serena & Lily…certainly lovely indeed. Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.
Venice Rattan Chair - Serena & Lily
Venice Rattan Chair, Serena & Lily…certainly lovely indeed.
Camille Diamond Medallion Pillow Cover
Camille Diamond Medallion Pillow Cover, Serena & Lily…certainly lovely indeed. Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.

Here’s the Camille Pillow Cover in blue!

Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.
Montford Floor Lamp
Montford Floor Lamp, Serena & Lily…certainly lovely indeed.
Mendocino Linen Throw
Mendocino Linen Throw, Serena & Lily…certainly lovely indeed. Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.
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Breathtaking Contemporary Coastal Style Outdoor Dining Pieces

Terrace Collection - Serena & Lily
Terrace Collection, Serena & Lily…certainly lovely indeed.
Pacifica Dining Chair
Pacifica Dining Chair (Driftwood), Serena & Lily. Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.
Terrace Dining Table
Terrace Dining Table, Serena & Lily. Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.

I have such a crush on Serena & Lily’s Catalina outdoor dining chairs!

St. Martin Perennials Rug
St. Martin Perrenials Rug, Serena & Lily. Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.
Pacifica Dining Chairs, Serena & Lily. Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.

Contemporary Coastal Living Room With Neutral Palette

Barton Sofa
Barton Sofa, Serena & Lily. Director Counter Stools: HERE.
Barton Sofa
Barton Sofa, Serena & Lily. Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.
Barton sofa, Serena & Lily - a gorgeous coastal white sofa
Barton Sofa, Serena & Lily
Santa Barbara Pendant, Serene & Lily
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Contemporary Coastal Dining Room Decor

Santa Barbara Pendant
Santa Barbara Pendant, Serene & Lily. Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.
Santa Barbara Pendant
Santa Barbara Pendant, Serene & Lily

Contemporary Coastal Rattan Pendant Lighting

Santa Barbara Pendant
Santa Barbara Pendant (Natural), Serena & Lily. Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.
Santa Barbara Pendant - Serena & Lily
Santa Barbara Pendant, Serena & Lily

Contemporary Coastal Counter Stool Idea

Director's Counter Stool
Director’s Counter Stool, Serena & Lily. Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.

Tranquil Coastal Cottage Bedroom Decor Ideas

Sutter Linen Quilt
Sutter Linen Quilt, Serena & Lily

Here’s the quilt in “Sky” color:

Sutter Linen Quilt in Sky
Sutter Linen Quilt, Serena & Lily. Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.
Gingham Duvet Cover
Gingham Duvet Cover, Serena & Lily
Gingham Duvet Cover in light blue and white.
Gingham Duvet Cover, Serena & Lily

Contemporary Coastal Indoor Swing Idea

Double Rattan Hanging Chair
Double Rattan Hanging Chair, Serena & Lily. Beachy Style Decor Ideas: Save or Splurge: Beautiful Photos to Inspire and Decidedly Smart Resources. Coastal style design inspiration: contemporary furniture and neutral color palette ideas as well as tips to get the look.
Porto Linen Pajamas…in case you want to feel extra breezy as you lounge.

For even more gorgeous coastal design inspiration, do visit my Coastal Cottage Pinterest Board and THESE posts with awesome coastal cottage inspiration!

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-michele

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Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
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Italian Candelabra Chandelier
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Warner Upholstered Bench
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Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
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Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
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French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
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Bar Stool
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Cross Back Dining Chair
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Jute Area Rug
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Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
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Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
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Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
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Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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6 Comments

  1. August 18, 2020 / 8:31 am

    So appreciate all the wonderful inspiration for my future coastal home in NC. I went pinning crazy!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 19, 2020 / 12:46 pm

      Your home is going to be amazing, Celia! Sending peace to you, Cali girlfriend. 🙂

  2. Joanna
    August 18, 2020 / 8:42 am

    Good news Michele! I wish that you remain pain free and your son continues to heal. 🙏🏼

    • Michele
      Author
      August 19, 2020 / 12:44 pm

      It sure is. I’m still sleepy quite often, but it’s a good trade off! We think it will take months for our son to recover, and we are staying optimistic as we take it day by day. Thanks so much for the prayers.

  3. Deb Wostmann
    August 18, 2020 / 8:50 am

    Love this post as we bought a beach home this year at the Oregon coast and I’m constantly looking for decorating ideas.

    So happy to hear that you and your son are doing better. Continued prayers.

    • Michele
      Author
      August 19, 2020 / 12:43 pm

      Thanks so much for the prayer – we need them as we heal, and the support keeps me buoyantly hopeful. Peace to you as you feather your coastal nest. 🙂

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Wicker Trunk Storage
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Vintage Collapsible French Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing