The Elements of Coastal Design

The Elements of Coastal Design

What is coastal design, and how can you bring it into your custom home? Find out here!

Maryland’s waterfront homes enjoy the beautiful coastal region of the Chesapeake Bay. Most often, people will bring the elements of the scenery around them into their home’s interior. In Maryland, one of the most natural styles to bring indoors is the coastal style. Here are the elements of coastal design you will want to know to design your custom home accordingly.

Open Floor Plan

Starting with the fundamentals, one will have an open floor plan to create a sense of spaciousness. The open floor plan is practically the standard for modern living today, providing free access between the kitchen and the dining room, the living room, or both. This openness makes keeping an eye on the family and entertaining guests easier.

Lots of Light

With an open floor plan, one can have lots of natural light, another element of coastal design. If your living and kitchen areas look out onto the water, you will definitely want to maximize those views. With large, wall-to-wall, and ceiling-to-floor windows, you can heighten the aim of the coastal feel: the feeling of being at the beach.

Light Window Treatments

One might use remote-controlled blinds to cover large windows for privacy and convenience. However, one should keep in mind that a coastal style design usually uses light and airy window treatments, such as billowy, white curtains, that still let in the light. 

Coastal Colors

Wondering what to paint your walls? Shore-Line Construction can help you choose the right palette for the home’s finishing touches. Coastal colors can vary, but typically involve the color scheme of the nature around them, namely blues, whites, tans, and greens. Stark and soft tones both work for this style.

Coastal Woods

Likewise, one might see a range of light to dark woods in various examples, especially due to the historical application of darker woods in the northeast and lighter woods in the southeast United States. Wood flooring, countertops, and more of any shade are common for a coastal home, along with wicker, jute, and rattan furnishings.


At Shore-Line Construction, we know that your home is a reflection of you. That’s why we strive to make each home we build as beautiful as the family who will live there. We work with each of our clients to design a home that fits their needs. The end result is a durable, energy-efficient custom home that the family will enjoy for generations to come. Shore-Line Construction has been serving our customers for over 25 years, and we look forward to the opportunity to help you!

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