This portion of the East Coast encompasses parts of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Two estuaries dominate the Mid-Atlantic region: the Delaware Bay and the Chesapeake Bay. Busy harbors have necessitated the need for development of coastal cities. However, due to strict conservation laws, many parts of the coastline still remain undeveloped, allowing some of nature’s most beautiful beaches to stretch along the edges of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.
Mid-Atlantic Coastal Style Today
Architecture: Open floor plans are preferred in new construction; Coastal design style dominates waterfront communities; the use of durable, low maintenance siding products replaces wood exteriors, which require multiple coats of paint on a regular basis; eco-friendly metal roofs are often replacing shingles.
Design Elements: Comfortable, yet neatly tailored interiors; mix of old and new furnishings; custom fitted slipcovers; textured fabrics, such as linen and nature-inspired grasscloth wall coverings; simple stripes and geometric patterns slowly replacing busy traditional florals.
Signature Colors: The traditional soft blue and white palette is given an added pop of color with bright coral, orange, green or yellow.
Interesting footnotes: It is almost impossible to pin down a specific design style that embodies the Mid-Atlantic style as a whole. Many homes along the Mid-Atlantic coastline continue to exhibit an appreciation for their past. For instance, some New Jersey shore towns are known for the preservation of their spectacular 100-year-old grand Victorian houses. Maryland also offers historic housing in the form of row houses, overlooking harbors since the 18th century. Unfortunately, with the increase in tourism and demand for accommodations, high rise condominiums have replaced many precious historical neighborhoods in coastal cities such as Ocean City, MD, Atlantic City, NJ and Virginia Beach, VA. The best description of design style for the Mid-Atlantic coast would be simply, eclectic — a mix of preserved historical neighborhoods, eco-friendly new construction and towering high rises.
Next stop on our journey along the American East Coast: The Lowcountry style of the Carolinas and Georgia!
Article by Sandi Wallace