Tune Your Regional Style Radar: East Coast vs. West Coast

Tune Your Regional Style Radar: East Coast vs. West Coast

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Taryn Williford
May 5, 2016

America is a great big place. From one coast to another, you'll see differences in climate, cuisine and, yes, design. It's not always easy to articulate the differences between west coast and east coast decorating (though we can try: polished Atlantic-adjacent spaces tend to give at least a knowing nod to what's traditional, while laid-back left coast homes like to embrace the rustic southwestern desert surround), but it's safe to say, "You'll know it when you see it."

That's why we put together a brief room-by-room sample of some quintessential East- and West-coast homes and apartments. Take a scroll (and click through to see the rest of the homes) to re-tune your coastal design radar.


(Image credit: Emily Billings)

East Coast Kitchen Style

Ulises & Melissa’s Modern Boston Carriage House (& Dreamy Sunroom!)

(Image credit: Sarita Relis Photography)

West Coast Kitchen Style

Lynne's Sunny Santa Barbara Sanctuary


(Image credit: Natalie Grasso)

East Coast Dining Room Style

Colleen and Jonathan's Modern D.C. Townhouse

(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

West Coast Dining Room Style

Girolamo & Alex's Creative San Francisco Loft (& Downstairs Coffee Shop!)


(Image credit: Emily Billings)

East Coast Living Room Style

Jill & Charlie’s Collected, Historic New England Style in Cambridge

(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)

West Coast Living Room Style

Heather & Jonathan's Light-Filled Portland Apartment


(Image credit: Nancy Mitchell)

East Coast Bathroom Style

Jae & Devin's Labor of Love in Brooklyn

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

West Coast Bathroom Style

Erick's Modern Organic Burbank Mix


(Image credit: Nancy Mitchell)

East Coast Bedroom Style

Jeanine & Bryan's Beautiful Brooklyn Style

(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

West Coast Bedroom Style

Alison's Eclectic Mix in a Cozy San Francisco Apartment


(Image credit: Jacqueline Marque)

East Coast Outdoor Style

Joe and Alana's Newport Home Full of Bold Colors and Patterns

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

West Coast Outdoor Style

Jaclyn & David's Los Feliz Remix


Which coast is more your style?

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