Nature is often a source of inspiration for interior design – color palettes, materials, and motifs are commonly derived from our surroundings. And yet, no style related to its setting is more iconic than coastal design. Unfortunately, over the past few decades, we’ve seen too many seashell clad, starfish printed interiors for our liking. Often, this type of design can feel too literal and dated. That’s why today, we’ve enlisted the assistance of Neil MacKenzie, Director of Marketing of Universal Furniture to offer tips on how to create a contemporary coastal space.

Universal Furniture has teamed up with the iconic Detroit-based home décor brand Regina Andrew to create a beautifully crafted lighting and furniture collection for COASTAL LIVING. Scroll through our slideshow to see Neil’s advice on why these spaces from the newly launched collection work.