Art & Decor Trends

Why Relaxed Coastal Style Art is in Fashion

One of this season’s hottest design trends is actually intended to help you feel cool… A relaxed coastal art style, incorporating soft whites and deep navy blue tones has been taking over a lot of homes.

Let your worries wash out to sea by selecting a perfect piece of art to go with this new design style. Here are some of our top picks:

Edward Hopper-Lighthouse at Two Lights

Edward Hopper’s Lighthouse at Two Lights shows the elegant landscape of the lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where Edward Hopper once summered. His eye for color shines through in this painting’s bright blue sky and traditional white lighthouse. Few American scenes are as iconic as a New England lighthouse.

William Bradford-A Sunset Calm in the Bay of Fundy

Lifelike details and exquisitely beautiful colors make William Bradford’s A Sunset Calm in the Bay of Fundy a stunning example of American romanticism. The way the colors dance upon the water adds an especially placid atmosphere to this painting, and the muted tones make it well-suited for just about any space. The calm sea and light-filled sky capture the inspiring moment perfectly.

Claude Monet-Sailboat at Le Petit-Gennevilliers

Sailboat at Le Petit-Gennevillers by Claude Monet is a beautiful landscape of boats on the water. The first thing that attracts the eye is the glossy reflection of the boat on the calm waters. The use of large stroke swirling the colors together to create the appearance of ripples makes it seem like a dream and is very indicative of the Impressionist style.

Vincent Van Gogh- Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries

Boats At St. Marie’s is one of Van Gogh’s most famous works. Filled with joy and despair, Van Gogh’s paintings often reflected his own emotional state and this is shown with his broad and chaotic stokes that are visible in Boats at St. Marie’s. The vivid colors will make you feel as though you were on the beach enjoying the beautiful day.

Eugene Boudin- Antwerp, Boats on the River Scheldt

Antwerp, Boats on the River Scheldt is a standout piece in the body of work by Eugene Boudin. Boudin was one of the first French landscape painters to paint in the open air. His beach scenes directly link the observed naturalism of the early 19th century and the use of light paired with fluid brushwork of Impressionism.

Edward Mitchell Bannister-Fisherman by Water

Fisherman by Water by was originally painted by Edward Mitchell Bannister, who was a black Canadian-American Tonalist painter. Much of Bannister’s subject matter included still lifes and landscapes, making this painting of the waters-edge unique. Bannister’s work was meant to focus on spiritual philosophy and individual expressive style.

As you can see, the use of the seaside in art is a perfect way to relax. If these are not quite what you are looking for, feel free to browse our Coastal Living Art Gallery for even more coastal art inspiration. We feel certain you will find the perfect piece to help create a relaxing environment.

About the Author

Amanda graduated from the University of Kansas, where she studied English literature and got a masters degree in library sciences. She enjoys reading, cooking and playing with her nephews. Her best friend is her little dog Brady.