4. Nautical artwork.
It wouldn’t be a house on the coast without a few paintings of sailboats and ships braving the sea. But just because they’re de rigueur doesn’t mean they have to be predictable. The contemporary, monochromatic palette and simple frame on the piece above the sitting room mantel is an unexpected choice. Offbeat nautical accessories can create a similar effect; comb through flea markets to find vintage marine instruments.