Master Retreat: Modern Malibu Beach Getaway

Embracing sweeping Pacific Ocean views, designer Katherine Carter keeps the decor in this Malibu beach house master suite simple and chic with crisp white walls and modern furniture. 

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

White, Modern Master Bedroom in Malibu

The sleek master bedroom of this Malibu home features a wall of glass that offers a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean. White walls and gray tile provide a neutral backdrop that allows the water view to steal the show. A gray sofa creates a modern and functional sitting area, while a surfboard adds character as wall art.

White, Modern Bedroom with Gray Accents and Ocean View

This modern Malibu bedroom features gray tile floors, a paneled, whitewashed accent wall and a wall of glass that provides a panoramic view of the Pacific. Dark woods and leathers on the bed, reading chair and case pieces ground the space and give it warmth.

White, Modern Oceanside Bedroom with Wood Furnishings

This cozy beachside bedroom features warm wood furnishings against a cool, gray and white backdrop. A long wall of glass offers a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean, while a terrace gives the owners a spot to enjoy the ocean out-of-doors. A modern desk and comfy reading chair build maximum function into the space.

White, Modern Bedroom in Malibu Beach House

Warm accents add depth and dimension to this bright and ethereal oceanside bedroom. A wall of glass offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, while tile floors provide beach-house functionality. Modern furnishings include a desk and a chaise longue that's perfect for reading beside the water.

White Marble Bathroom with Pacific Ocean View

Striking veining in this marble-clad master bath turns every wall into a focal point. A freestanding tub rests across from a walk-in shower surrounded by glass, echoing the many glass walls throughout the home. Every room is situated to take maximum advantage of the Pacific Ocean views.

Gray Marble Bathroom in Malibu

The master bathroom in this modern Malibu beach house is a luxe space, featuring marble walls with distinct veining and a white double vanity with a waterfall top. A metallic framed mirror adds shimmer and creates a focal point. Colors are neutral, drawing the eye to the aqua waters of the Pacific beyond.

Modern Oceanside Terrace Off Master Bedroom

This modern Malibu terrace is steps from the beach, separated from the master bedroom by a glass wall with a broad sliding panel. A spiral staircase leads to an upper terrace. Clean lines and neutral colors are crisp and modern, keeping the emphasis on the breathtaking views.

Modern Oceanside Terrace in Malibu

Outdoor slipper chairs offer a comfy spot to enjoy this open-air terrace in Malibu. Glass walls divide the interior spaces of this home from the beach beyond, taking advantage of the breathtaking views.

Glass-Walled Malibu Sitting Room with Modern Chairs

With its wall of glass, this mod coastal sitting room feels almost suspended over the water. Mid-Century Modern furnishings create a cozy seating area with views of the outdoor dining room and the wide expanse of water beyond. A modern light fixture draws the eye without distracting from the spectacular view.

Glass-Walled Sitting Room with Malibu View

Mid-Century chairs with a space-age flair draw the eye and set the tone for this dramatic Malibu sitting room. A wall of glass provides a breathtaking ocean view that's nearly uninterrupted thanks to low-slung furnishings and a clear-glass modern light fixture. A shag carpet grounds the seating area, visually connecting the space to the sandy shore beyond.

Glass-Walled Sitting Room with Wine Cellar

Glass details in this modern living area define the space and serve its main function of highlighting the spectacular ocean view. In a sitting room, four Mid-Century Modern chairs rest atop a neutral shag rug, offering a prime perch for enjoying the scenery. A unique glass-encased wine cellar divides the sitting room from the modern living room.

White, Modern Living Area in Malibu

White walls and open spaces characterize the living area of this show-stopping Malibu home. A sitting room features Mid-Century Modern furniture and a modern glass light fixture, while a unique glassed-in wine cellar divides the space from the global-infused living room beyond. Modern art defines a seating niche with a contemporary bench that provides extra seating.

Neutral, Modern Living Room Highlights Ocean View

Everything about this Malibu, California, living room is designed to highlight the home's focal point: the view. A wall of glass provides a sweeping look at the ocean beyond, while walls and furnishings are neutral so as not to distract. In the beachside sitting room, Mid-Century Modern chairs rest atop a cream shag rug. Even the wine cellar is glass, keeping the entire space airy, open and light-filled.

White Malibu Living Room with Cool Wine Cellar

This California living room features white walls, a global aesthetic and a built-in glass wine cellar that divides the space from the kitchen.

White, Modern Living Room and Kitchen

This striking Malibu home has a wide-open floor plan that emphasizes the view outside the glass rear facade. An open-plan kitchen is divided from the living space by a peninsula with a modern waterfall countertop, matching that of a central island. Modern art bridges the kitchen and living room, while a cozy seating area takes advantage of a sunny space by the dining terrace. White walls and floors provide a neutral backdrop, keeping the focus on the view.

Gray Modern Kitchen with Ocean View

This modern kitchen is awash in gray, white and glass, forming a neutral backdrop that allows the aqua ocean view to provide the room's pop of color. A waterfall countertop is sleek and modern, and gray clean-lined cabinetry offers ample storage. Walls of glass provide panoramic views.

Gray and White Modern Kitchen in Malibu

This sleek and contemporary kitchen features a sliding glass wall that opens onto an al fresco dining area by the ocean. Finishes are neutral, allowing the view to provide the color for the space. The white marble countertop has a waterfall edge, echoing the clean, modern lines throughout the space.

Modern Dining Terrace in Malibu

This outdoor dining room takes maximum advantage of this Malibu home's breathtaking water view. A glass wall separates the space from the interior, while a glass rail keeps the view uninterrupted. Recessed lighting and built-in heat lamps make the space a year-round retreat.

Gray Modern Outdoor Dining Room

Gray concrete and sleek glass characterize this modern dining terrace with a sweeping Pacific Ocean view. A modern table is surrounded by gray dining chairs, keeping the backdrop neutral and allowing the locale's natural beauty to shine. Built-in heaters overhead make the space perfect for year-round use.

Entryway of Modern Malibu Beach House

White walls and open spaces showcase the beautiful, blue ocean view that serves as the focal point for this Malibu home. The foyer opens to a contemporary staircase and an open-concept living room and kitchen with a rear wall made entirely of glass.

White Modern Oceanside Bedroom

This oceanside bedroom is cool and contemporary, with quirky artwork and modern pendant lighting that both add punch. White walls and pale flooring provide a neutral backdrop that keeps the focus on the ocean view outside the walls of windows. A modern desk and chair create a workspace with atmosphere.

Gray and White Modern Bedroom with Blue Closet Doors

Sleek blue-gray closet doors complement the burnt orange pendant fixtures in this fun, yet neutral Malibu bedroom. A wall of glass provides expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. Modern artwork and a platform bed add character to the streamlined space.

White, Modern Bedroom with a View

This oceanside bedroom features sleek modern furnishings and fun pops of color, including burnt orange pendant lights and large-scale modern art. A wall of glass lets the room take maximum advantage of its Pacific Ocean view, while a sunny corner is home to a modern desk and chair.

Modern Office in Malibu Beach House

A modern white desk and Mid-Century Modern chair create an inspiring workspace in a sunny corner. The oceanfront house in Malibu, California, features walls of glass that open the space up to its stunning views. Whitewashed woods and white walls create a neutral backdrop in this modern space.

Modern Patio of Malibu Beach House

A peppy chaise longue takes advantage of a narrow corner of this Malibu beach home's ample patio space. Glass walls offer uninterrupted views of the Pacific, while modern furnishings are sleek and neutral.

Gray, Modern Patio in Malibu

A beach-level patio features scored concrete flooring and built-in bench seating that lines the edges, providing ample space for entertaining. A contemporary staircase leads to another patio with breathtaking ocean views.

Gray, Modern Patio by the Beach

Built-in bench seating lines the perimeter of this lower-level outdoor terrace, which is almost level with the Malibu beach. Gray tile is offset by outdoor fabrics in cheery, colorful stripes. A fire bowl offers warmth for breezy nights.

Gray Modern Patio and Hot Tub

A roomy hot tub is perched just off the beach at this modern Malibu beach house. The connecting patio features gray tile floors and a built-in bench that lines the perimeter, offering ample seating for guests to enjoy the sweeping ocean view.

Gray Modern Patio in Malibu

Multiple seating areas serve different functions to take maximum advantage of this oceanside patio. An outdoor rug grounds a conversation area with a modern wood sofa and chair. Nearby, a grouping of slatted wood chairs surround a fire table, providing warmth and inviting conversation.

Modern Oceanside Patio with Fire Pit

Slatted wood chairs surround a modern fire pit on the patio of this stunning Malibu, California, home. Contemporary planters line the border of the patio, which features a clear glass fence that offers shelter from the wind without interrupting the ocean view.

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