Modern design and architecture is for the most part timeless classic and iconic. Revisionist in nature modern vehemently opposed decorative styles; it was – and continues to be – progressive enlightened and avant-garde.
Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.
For a coastal beach theme you can really have fun with the decor. Go all out with sea-inspired wall art pieces of coral and shades of blue and other soft/neutral colors. Pottery Barn even has these lovely sheets to go along with your beach look.
A bookshelf headboard from Jati Belanda appears to be custom made for this bed with just some simple shelving at the top and a couple of built-in bedside tables on each side.
Of course mirrors can sometimes be better used than framed pieces of artwork. Check out these small but elegant round mirrors hung above each bed from Zsa Zsa Bellagio. And that chandelier really is a beauty too!
The use of various shades of white also minimizes visual fragmentation in the room and it is a color that works beautifully with French country beach cottage chic or just cottage chic variants of the style. As a rule when in doubt turn to white in the shabby chic bedroom!
Admittedly this is not a style for everyone and you need both an appreciation for the ‘old and used’ furniture along with ample patience to get the right look.
Pastel hues have gone on to rule the world of fashion and design in the last few years and here is your chance to try them out in the bedroom as well. Pastels and shabby chic go like hand in glove and it is an approach that never fails. Gentle pink watery yellows and elegantly cool greens help punctuate the antique decors and give them a colorful new lease on life.