Our Favorite Modern Interiors

Step inside these stylish beach homes to see stunning contemporary spaces by the sea.

Sea-foam walls, Turkish throw pillows

Writer Gena Sigala, Photographer Dominique Vorillon

Blue Crush

A custom driftwood coffee table base acts as an artistic centerpiece in this living room. The rippled silk Tibetan rug and sea-foam walls hint at the beach beyond, and contemporary Turkish pillows reflect coastal cultures near and far.

Contemporary dining room with antler chandelier

Writer Gena Sigala, Photographer Dominique Vorillon 

Modern Mix

A citrus-colored painting introduces bold colors while memorializing a beloved family pet. The bamboo chairs balance the contemporary look of the natural stone table and antler chandelier.

White painted floors with a blue striped runner

Writer Gena Sigala, Photographer Dominique Vorillon

Designed to Last

Sanding and painting the previously dark oak with a stark white polyurethane overlay gives this home gleaming floors. A marine-blue striped runner stands up to foot traffic.

Fireplaces features broken seaglass in place of wood

Writer Gena Sigala, Photographer Dominique Vorillon

Center Pieces

Keeping walls mostly bare―save for a few sconces and paintings leaning above the mantle―creates a mood that is calm and uncluttered. Limit furnishings to statement pieces, such as a chaise or a pair of shapely vases. Lining the fireplace with broken sea glass adds a touch of beach shimmer even when not in use.

Modern bedroom with extra-wide headboard with nailhead trim

Writer Gena Sigala, Photographer Dominique Vorillon

Natural Touch

In this master bedroom, textured grasscloth walls hint at beach grass. The extra-wide headboard practically hug those who sleep here. Low-slung lines, linen upholstery, and nailhead trim lends glamour to the unexpected accent.

White sofa with modern accent table

Writer Gena Sigala, Photographer Dominique Vorillon

Sea Hues

Shades of gray-blue and yellow mirror the vast ocean and sandy beach outside. A sleek, modern accent table paired with a streamlined sofa introduces a mix of soft and strong elements to create a clean but comfortable feel.

Beachy dining room with casual furnishings and window treatments

Writer Gena Sigala, Photographer Dominique Vorillon

Well Blended

Bamboo Chippendale dining chairs offer a modern, less formal alternative to the traditional look of 18th-century Chippendale furniture. It also lends a subtle beachy presence to a glamorous space. Billowing window treatments balance the look between casual and sophisticated.

Black and white kitchen with glass-front cabinets

Writer Sarah Latta, Photographer Jean-Philippe Piter

On Display

Statement-making wicker Italian lamps add coastal style and creativity to the kitchen. Glass-front cabinets keep the black mahogany from looking too dark, and the white-painted interior makes everyday dishes look like art. Handwoven baskets weave a natural element into the decorating scheme and speak to an island way of life.

White sofas and antique furniture

Writer Sarah Latta, Photographer Jean-Philippe Piter

Restrained Palette

Instead of artwork on the walls, these homeowners incorporated eye-catching antiques and ethnic furniture. The standout pieces also help to bring the all-white room to life.

Neutral Mod

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Troy Campbell

Neutral Mod

Straight lines and barely-there modern bar stools give this kitchen an almost futuristic feel. The custom-built refrigerator nook not only conceals the not-so-pretty side of the fridge, but also helps it to blend "into the wall" for a cleaner look.

Modern island bath

Writer Sarah Latta, Photographer Jean-Philippe Piter

Subtle Glamour

A curtain-less shower, paired with white tile and black windows and doorframes, gives this space a modern Caribbean feel.

Mirrors frame a guest bed

Writer Sarah Latta, Photographer Jean-Philippe Piter

Auto Focus

Rooms breathe easy with large expanses of white walls, white upholstery, and just the right amount of carefully selected accessories. Framed mirrors hung in a grid make a dramatic but simple statement in this guest bedroom. They also reflect light and sea views.

Modern dining room with a valuted ceiling

Writer Sarah Latta, Photographer Jean-Philippe Piter

Haven on Earth

Classic architectural elements, such as a vaulted ceiling, mix with modern furnishings in this open living space. These homeowners carried a simple black-and-white palette throughout the house, relying on striped rugs and patterned fabrics to add variety and texture. The muted palette also helped ensure that the surrounding blue ocean and green palms stayed center stage.

Blended cottage living room with midcentury modern pieces

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Roger Davies

Yin and Yang

This living room beautifully mixes midcentury pieces with classically tailored furnishings. The charcoal pinstriped sofa was designed as a giant wingback chair. Danish modern chairs upholstered in a colorful stamped linen balance the traditional style of the sofa.

Cottage living room with mod table

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Roger Davies

Strong Start

By choosing one bold piece as the jumping off point, homeowner Heidi Hertel was able to add a graphic sofa, mod table, and interesting artwork to complete the modern sitting room. “We fell in love with the chairs, and everything played off them,” she says.

Master bedroom decorated in gray, mauve, navy, and purple

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Roger Davies

Muted Modern

Designer Sasha Emerson believes the master bedroom should be a chill-out zone, so she decorated this room in muted tones of gray, mauve, navy, and purple. To liven up the serene space, she added a bold pattern with the Victoria Hagan drapery fabric.

Cottage kitchen with hints of green, gold, and turquoise

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Roger Davies

Classic Black

Deep green-black paint and custom tile in shades of green, gold, and turquoise lends an edge to this refined yet playful kitchen. Designer Sasha Emerson used a black and white background throughout this home's spaces to marry cool and quirky with California warmth.

White lounge furniture

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Heat Wave

Extend your style outdoors with modern lounge furniture. No need for fussy cushions when you have chaises that echo the clean lines and taut sails of passing boats.  

Green kitchen with red accents

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Playful Approach

Apple green cabinets brighten up the kitchen, while letters on the doors add a fun touch. “We like to think we have lively personalities, and that the colors reflect that,” says homeowner Tim McNamara.

Wood and glass top table with red chairs

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer James R. Salomon

Red Hot

To blend a rustic Maine feel with modern flair, woodworker Tim Hill built a red-oak breakfast table accented with steel rods. Basic dining chairs in a dazzling red add color to the space without detracting from the view.

Fresh modern space with leather chairs

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Grey Crawford

Pop Art

Predominantly white interiors keep this space fresh and modern. Splashes of color come from accessories such as artwork and throw pillows. The cognac-brown leather chairs add warmth.

All-white dining room with mod furniture

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Grey Crawford

Family Friendly

For this dining nook, interior designer Carrie Livingston painted an antique table white and had it lacquered. The upscale plastic chairs add elegance but keep the space childproof. “It’s easy to maintain and it looks really good,” Carrie says.

Gray limestone fireplace and neutral modern furniture

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Clean and Clear

The gray limestone fireplace in this living room was chosen for its neutral hue. “We didn’t want it to seem cluttered,” says homeowner Janice Barker. The rest of the room plays off the understated focal point with modern furniture and minimal furnishing pointing all visitors to the view of the ocean.

Warm kitchen, muted colors, wood floors

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Brian Vanden Brink

Opened Up

The key to making this beach house modern is an open floor plan which affords spectacular views from the kitchen while preparing meals or washing dishes. Sleek countertops and muted colors enhance the simple, clean design.

Cedar porch with Saarinen tulip table and marble top

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Jean Allsopp

Retro Chic

The Eero Saarinen tulip table with Arabescato marble top adds a classically modern touch to this porch. Honey-hued cedar board walls soften the look of the contemporary architecture and furnishings.

All-white bedroom with African wenge wood floors

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Simply Luxurious

Designer Jon Delach constructed a contemporary space in this master bedroom by featuring furniture with clean lines, large double-pane windows, and African wenge floors. And nothing says modern luxe like an all-white bed with plush down pillows.

Modern dining room with crystal chandelier

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Lisa Romerein

Industrial Affair

Architectural designer Julie Hart designed a space-saving bench for this dining area. The vintage dining table and Emeco Navy aluminum chairs keep the space cool and clean. A crystal pendant chandelier tops off the look.

White kitchen cabinetry with open shelving

Writer Anna Gresham, Photographer Lisa Romerein

Work Room

The white fiberboard cabinetry sets a modern tone for this updated kitchen. Stainless steel appliances and simple cabinet pulls follow suit. Colorful accessories add excitement to the low-key space.

Fresh and Clean

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Troy Campbell

Fresh and Clean

A neutral color palette plays with natural hues from outdoor surroundings in this sleek living room. The white, modular chairs contrast with the woven rug, yet complement the room's clean, straight edges.

Industrial Fun

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: David Tsay

Industrial Fun

The integration of bright colors and strong metals creates a playful, yet mechanical atmosphere. Slate tiles contrast with bamboo flooring to separate the kitchen and dining area, while pops of fresh flowers add a touch of femininity

Framing Nature Bathroom

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: David Tsay

Framing the View

Sleek silver shelving and a simple circular mirror contrast with the colorful scene framed by curtain-less windows. Mother Nature adds a touch of color to the muted tones in this bath.

Geometric Nook

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Jonny Valiant

Geometric Nook

A crescent-shaped banquette and table along with a geometric pendant lamp and bright fuchsia cubes provide plenty of seating in this colorful dining area. Designer Amanda Nisbet put her own spin on modern decor by incorporating vibrant shades or orange, pink, and purple.

Railroad Stripes

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: David Tsay

Railroad Stripes

Bring modern outdoors with sleek stripes like the ones on this deck. Try "railroading" the stripes, or running them horizontally on the fabric for an updated look on a classic motif. Incorporated stripes in the architecture enhance the clean feel.

Pops of Pink

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: David Tsay

Pops of Pink

Wall-to-wall white paint makes the vibrant pink shade in this bunkroom look even brighter. Patterned prints and bold hues pop against the white background and give the room plenty of color.

Beaming Contrast

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: J. Savage Gibson

Beaming Contrast

Bold wooden beams lend warmth to all-white walls and furniture in this peaceful living room. Simple artwork and greenery add touches of color while still keeping with the relaxing feel of the space.

Modern Arrangement

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Modern Arrangement

Built-in storage in this outdoor room provides adequate storage while the geometric arrangement gives it a mod vibe. Clean, straight edges and a neutral color scheme contrasts with the vibrant colors of nature just beyond.

Sleek Slumber

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Sleek Slumber

This minimalist bedroom gets a touch of warmth with a rich hardwood floor. Straight-lined furniture and an all-white color palette maximizes the ocean view.

Coastal Retro

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Coastal Retro

Stylish green armchairs surround a sleek wooden table, while a funky pendant lamp feels like an updated version of an old classic. The large, curtainless windows bring the serenity of the ocean indoors.

Chic and Functional

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: J. Savage Gibson

Chic and Functional

Stainless steel appliances, streamlined barstools, and frosted-glass cabinet fronts enhance the contemporary vibe of this beach-front kitchen. A wooden island doubles as a kitchen table for even more functionality.

Open Air

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Jean Philippe-Piter

Open Air

An all-white interior and painted window frames puts a spin on a traditional color arrangement. The open shower makes the space feel bigger and gives an airy feel to this island home.

Balanced Tones

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Thomas J. Story

Balanced Tones

A blend of cool and warm hues help this modern kitchen feel welcoming. Smooth textures, contemporary appliances, and natural light enhance the mood.

Modern Classic

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Tria Giovan

Modern Classic

Painted wood and minimal accents draw eyes to the fireplace in this nearly all-glass living room. Interior colors echo the home's surroundings, and built-in sofas sport a nautical stripe.

Bright Color

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Bright Color

A funky mix of styles and bright beachy palette create a fun and inviting room perfect for kicking back and relaxing. Coastal elements like wicker and stripes complement the contemporary look of stainless steel appliances and clean-lined sofa.

Coastal Contemporary

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: J. Savage Gibson

Coastal Contemporary

A variety of sandy hues set a calming tone throughout this bedroom. A geometric print on throw pillow and bench as well as a lucite side table and chair lend an updated feel to the traditional space.

Soft and Soothing

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Paul Costello

Soft and Soothing

This modern nursery features updated versions of classic necessities. Hand-painted blue-and-white stripes add interest in the neutral space. A plush swivel chair puts a contemporary spin on your everyday rocking chair.

Make a Statement

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: David Tsay

Make a Statement

An an oversize shell orb anchors this contemporary dining room. Cottage elements such as wicker furniture and floor-to-ceiling curtains make the space feel cozy.

Sleek Setup

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Jeff McNamara

Sleek Setup

Large windows above the sink allow clear views of the ocean outside. Nautical light fixtures add a traditional element to the otherwise modern room.

Minimalist Dining

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Minimalist Dining

Anchored by a streamlined table and chairs, this bare, white dining room is the epitome of modern, providing the perfect furniture choice for the contemporary space.

Modern Organic

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Modern Organic

Eco-friendly choices such as CaesarStone countertops and quarter-sawn walnut cabinets keep this modern kitchen's carbon footprint small. Energy-efficient stainless steel appliances are a smart—and low-maintenance—choice.

Streamlined Sinks

Writer: Rachel Bertone, Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Streamlined Sinks

Square white his-and-hers sinks sit atop built-in drawers and hanging towel racks for a smart use of space. Large casement windows replace traditional mirrors and allow in an abundance of natural light.

Modern Living Room

Keep it Simple

Sleek, minimalist furnishings adorn this Westport, Massachusetts, home to complement the streamlined architecture. Builder Rick Guidelli installed a 14-foot-long pocketing glass door between the dining area and screened-in porch that is easily opened to make room for guests during larger gatherings.

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