Waterside Retreats: Contemporary Home on the Harbor

Clean lines and a subdued color palette define this home in Newport Beach, Calif., creating a soothing retreat right on the water. Against the far wall, sliding glass doors give the owners access to a private patio and dock, where they can host dinners and watch boats drift along the harbor.

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Photo By: Chad Mellon

Contemporary Indoor Outdoor Gray Living Room

A patio becomes a direct outdoor extension of the living room, thanks to a glass wall that slides completely back.

Contemporary Living Room With Tray Ceiling

Hardwood goes on the ceiling instead of the floor here and in the kitchen, a visually compelling move that also adds warmth to all the cool grays and white.

Modern Dining Nook With Banquette

Charcoal gray is the dominant color in this chic dining area; the huge window and light walls keep the shade from feeling too heavy or imposing.

Wood Dining Table With Succulent Centerpiece

The dining table has a beautiful, organic look with layers of different woods, a succulent centerpiece and linen accent pillows. Interesting textures and a touch of nature do wonders to visually lift a neutral space.

Dining Nook With Banquette

With its dark wood table and chairs in a mix of wood and black leather, this dining nook is a calming place to start and finish the day.

Contemporary Gray Living Room With Bench

Subdued colors inside shine a spotlight on the razzle dazzle outside: the home's wraparound waterfront views. And the living room doesn't stint on comfort. A cozy built-in bench tucks up next to the fireplace.

Contemporary Living Room With Marble Fireplace

Marble encases the fireplace and brings a note of luxe to the lounging space. Along the back wall, a bar stands at the ready with a sink and wine refrigerator.

Contemporary Open Concept Living Room With Gold Table

Gray, white and gold are the building blocks of the living room's color palette. From there, the designers have some fun, mixing and matching light pillows on dark chairs, dark pillows on light sofas. The rug includes all the shades and pulls the look together.

Contemporary Open Plan Kitchen With Gray Barstools

In a stylish antidote to the all-white kitchen, this one mixes things up with natural wood cabinets, dark flooring and gray leather barstools with brass legs. Asymmetrical glass pendants temper the many crisp angles and lines.

Open Plan Kitchen With Waterfall Countertop

The cabinetry is seamlessly integrated with appliances, even the door to the pantry.

Contemporary Open Plan Kitchen With Tray Ceiling

Matching the shade of the kitchen cabinets with the tray ceiling's paneling creates a harmonious feeling that wraps around the room.

Contemporary Open Plan Kitchen With Leather Barstools

The dark floor of this kitchen gives the open concept space gravitas. Bonus points: The barstools' brass is a striking contrast against the charcoal gray.

Stairwell With Pendant Light

The designers weren't afraid to leave certain spaces unadorned, save a key item or two, to highlight the home's pretty details like this stairwell's exposed beam and gray wood stairs.

Sitting Area With Tan Sectional

A top-floor retreat keeps things comfortable with a tan leather sectional and outdoor access: a rooftop deck!

Balcony Overlooking Waterway

The balcony and its clear railing give residents a front row seat to waterfront and harbor views.

Contemporary Bedroom With Leather Bed

One or two strong, dark elements in an otherwise airy room have the effect of grounding the space. Here, it's the leather upholstered bed and nightstands.

Gray Contemporary Bedroom With Striped Pillow

The layering of textures in this handsome bedroom works because the materials are so different: a leather headboard, linen pillows, a glossy metal table lamp.

Modern Sitting Area With Striped Fireplace

A fireplace surround in pale gray-and-white stripes pulls the eye across the room and makes a strong (though still serene) statement in the heart of this sitting area.

Modern Striped Fireplace and Corner Bench

A fireplace step extends out into a cozy, corner bench where cushy pillows and a coffee table invite lounging (or, heck, a nap!).

Spa Bathroom With Dark Gray Tub

The dark tub has all the allure of a dip in a stone-surrounded pond. The bathroom's simple furnishings maintain that blissful, away-from-it-all feel.

Dark Gray Bathtub and Black Table

Designers took an unfussy, organic approach to this spa bathroom. A sculptural, freestanding bathtub gets a slim, black end table sidekick. Brass towel rods are a lovely color contrast.

Gray Modern Bathroom With Striped Shower

A shower with stripes? Why not, when the look winds up as smashing as it does in this bathroom. The bold pattern also adds movement to the shower's boxed-in shape.

Neutral Double Vanity Bathroom With Striped Countertop

Eye-catching striped stone covers the counters and the shower backsplash in this striking bathroom.

Double Vanity With Round Mirrors

The sand-colored backsplash over this double vanity helps the wall to visually recede and calls into sharper contrast the vanity's pretty wood.

Neutral Contemporary Bedroom With Black Nightstands

The overarching theme in this bedroom is serenity: quiet patterns and pale neutrals, plus dreamy fabrics like soft linen and cotton. Without overpowering the space, the dark nightstands act as a visual anchor.

Neutral Coastal Bedroom With Black Nightstand

The style standout in this bedroom is the nightstand made of contrasting woods in brown and black. It's a bold, fun match-up with the rest of the room's subtle tones and subdued patterns.

Neutral Bathroom With Brown Shade

Bronze-colored sconces and a shade with a delicate pattern take this neutral bathroom somewhere special.

Bathroom Countertop With Succulent

Unrelated bathroom items suddenly have purpose when they're corralled altogether on a tray.

Cottage Blue and White Bedroom With Glass Lamp

Linen bedding and a mix of classic patterns—stripes, plaid—give this bedroom a relaxed vibe that also manages to be refined.

Coastal Bedroom With Striped Bolster Pillow

For a waterfront bedroom, linen pillows and throws are a nice nod to the home's summery setting. The bed linen mixes stripes in different sizes, an easy way to make different patterns feel harmonious.

Powder Room With Gray Glass Sconces

Smoky glass gives these powder room sconces intriguing presence.

Built-In Desk and Brown Leather Chair

A small niche makes an attractive mini office with built-in cabinets and a desk.

Modern Back Exterior and Patio

The back wall of the house completely vanishes and allows open access to a patio and private dock. It's indoor outdoor living with a waterfront twist.

Patio With White Dining Table and Grill

A fresh white dining table holds court outside, an easy stroll from the living room. Paired with charcoal gray chairs, the patio is an extension of the home's refined interior style.

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