Coastal Living: How To Style Any Home Like A Seaside Escape

Posted by Mapuana Andrade on Monday, August 23rd, 2021 at 7:29am

Coastal living can be a beautiful dream; putting your feet up with views of the ocean, laying under a palm tree that also happens to be your backyard, or sipping on your morning coffee while listening to the ocean waves are all a part of the glitz and glamour. However, it can be challenging when thinking about styling your home and pulling pieces from the surrounding ocean and island lifestyle. 

We're highlighting one of our oceanfront listings to share insight on creating a coastal-inspired home! Of course, you don't have to be sitting mere feet from the water....but we can dream, can't we?

This Makena oceanfront home is 1.5 acres of pure bliss! A Greg Bayless designed masterpiece, this home represents the epitome of oceanfront resort living. 

"My homes respect both the land and the vision of the owner. If I had to characterize a common thread that runs through my houses, it would be Pan-Pacific Contemporary – which is a way of saying: A technically up-to-date home in an island-style that 'lives' well with the specific microclimate and location on the island." (

Upon arriving, you take in the exterior of Pietra Gialla di Vicenza stone imported from Verona, Italy. This outdoor living room is far from a trite porch. The front entryway uses the same design ideas that live inside the home to create a seamless experience. Outdoor lighting, grass block pavers, and tropical fauna will withstand the weather while maintaining its aesthetic.

After entering the pivot door, the Crema Europa Stone slab flooring leads your eyes towards a truly breathtaking view of the ocean. This view is framed by freestanding corner glass doors opening to a 180-degree ocean view encompassing the point of the property along with ocean coves and tide pools. Keep anyone's attention on the ocean by emulating Mother Nature's color pattern indoors. Coastal-inspired colors are a sure-fire way to get great results. The fabric's pops of color mimic the trees and the water, creating a continuous point of focus. This indoor/outdoor escape's classic blue-and-white theme complements the outside scenery and gives a peaceful atmosphere. For interior spaces that are regularly exposed to saltwater, humidity, and island weather, choose rigid furniture material to prevent mold and mildew all year round.

You are drawn towards the kitchen's sapele mahogany cabinets contrasting the Taj Mahal quartzite countertops from the living area. But, of course, it doesn't hurt the design style when there are also Wolf appliances, including an induction stove, Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer, Wolf coffee system, and more. 

Color isn't the only thing that can make a statement. If used correctly, neutrals can be very effective. Utilize natural materials like rattan, basketweave, woven grass, and raw wood to offer fun and disruptive moments of texture to any communal area, and leave the intense hues of color for the view. A kitchen pass-through window looks to a private infinity pool featuring a roof-edge waterfall off the cabana shaded by a circular radius trellis with ipe wood beams. 

When you open the double doors to the secluded seating nook on the right, you'll find yourself in the finest oceanfront suite. This Maui pool room exudes tropical charm. The exposed rafters in the ceiling, light blue décor accents, bright rattan chairs, and driftwood-inspired furniture give the room a nautical feel that matches the home's seaside surroundings.

As we move on to the living areas, you'll notice that four bedrooms feature sweeping ocean views with windows and slider doors serving as picture frames of various island and ocean views. This island bedroom's neutral color palette and simple design make it feel like a relaxing retreat. In addition, the open indoor-outdoor floor layout enhances the room's modern look, which adds a touch of island elegance without being overwhelming.

The ensuite bathroom with two sets of master sinks and cabinetry defines an elevated spa-like haven. It just glistens, looking fresh, clean, and welcoming. The generous size of the sink and lighted mirror give the room a rich contemporary feel.

The neighboring walk-in closet also completes the entire bedroom with its personality. A bright cushion and rug, as well as some simple greenery, can give just the perfect amount of flare to an otherwise plain space. The beach motif is maintained with the use of a wicker chair and a coastal-white mirror.

Wherever you live, whatever the type of home you have, coastal living isn't as much of an exclusive design that is privy to those on beautiful shorelines and beaches. Coastal living, and any type of design style, is a state of mind meant to create the home of your dreams no matter your class, income, or location. Pulling pieces of this guide and other coastal-inspired ideas can be molded into the perfect recipe for your life. 

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