Nautical vibes and wall-mounted anchors are best left at the beach, period. But the off-duty appeal of truly timeless coastal design never ceases to hold it's own, among design-lovers, says McCarthy. "Coastal design is defined by its colors, patterns and textures that are representative of the seaside," adds the designer.
"There's a misconception surrounding this style that it can only be used in vacation homes, when it's actually quite versatile, when taken less literal." McCarthy says focusing on "natural textures and less kitschy motifs" can create a relaxed, low-key aesthetic, that'll keep you feeling ultimately at ease, long after the vacation ends.