Give brilliant blues the floor … literally. In this Stinson Beach, California, rancher, which once belonged to Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, designer Allison Bloom transformed the former recording studio into a want-to-hang-out-there-all-day guesthouse and lounge. Jewel-toned pillows wrapped in vintage Indian silks and linens and a shipping-pallet sectional give the room an extra jolt of groovy, throwback vibes.
Designer Allison Bloom cooked up a razzle-dazzle palette for this funky Stinson Beach, California, kitchen. A zingy lime tile backsplash sets the freewheeling tone, while an island doused in a vibrant cerulean points to the Pacific Ocean that’s just steps from the house. Beechwood stools and warm wooden floors ground the wild colors to keep the mood mellow.
The sea’s preeminent hue shines on its own, but when it’s paired with its super soul mate (white!), blue really soars. Designer Meg Braff spotlighted the dynamic duo by painting the patterned double doors in this Sea Island, Georgia, home an intense, saturated shade of blue. “The contrast with the entry’s bright white walls is beautiful, almost Mediterranean in style,” notes Braff.
4 of 14Design: Lindsey Ellis Beatty; Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty and Rachael Burrow
In this Rosemary Beach condo, dynamite design transformed a Rosemary Beach condo’s weak spot into a kid-friendly win. Coastal Living Style Director Lindsey Ellis Beatty outfitted the teeny, seven-feet-by-six-feet space with custom millwork fit to the room’s dimensions, then painted and lacquered the bunks in a zippy aqua to give the room a fun, hideaway feel.
5 of 14Design: Kevin Isbell; Photo: David A. Land; Styling: Liz Strong
“You can put forth a really pretty, polished air in an entryway, but still make sure it relates well to its beachy setting,” says designer Kevin Isbell of the knockout entry he created for this Mediterranean-style home in Sea Island, Georgia. To dial down the home’s innate formality, Isbell painted the original door in a smart shade of blue.
6 of 14Design: Kevin Isbell; Photo: David A. Land; Styling: Liz Strong
Wall paneling painted a muted gray-blue grounds this Sea Island, Georgia, mudroom in a laid-back, kick-off-your-shoes feel. The soft hue also offers a subtle backdrop for the room’s eye-catching organic pieces, like the vintage shell-encrusted mirror and the driftwood-inspired console.
7 of 14Design: Meg Braff, Photo: David A. Land; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty and Rachael Burrow
In our 2016 Showhouse in the Hamptons, designer Meg Braff placed her bets on sensationally sunny color and bright, bold patterns. The walls in the Bridgehampton home’s foyer are painted “the most pleasing shade of blue I could find,” says Braff. We love it, too: Guests feel at home the moment they walk in the door.
8 of 14Design: Celerie Kemble and Lindsey Herod; Photo: Jessica Glynn; Styling: Liz Strong
Designed by famed Palm Beach architect John Volk in the 1940s, this Mediterranean Revival-style home defines Old Florida style, but designers Celerie Kemble and Lindsey Herod made sure to infuse the house, outdoors and in, with fresh, tropical color. Electric blue shutters, for instance, wake up the whitewashed façade of the historic home with a splash of ocean-happy color.
9 of 14Design: Celerie Kemble and Lindsey Herod; Photo: Jessica Glynn; Styling: Liz Strong
Madagascar cloth wallpaper, bamboo accessories, and a natural woven rug root this family room in a brand of organic beauty that suits its breezy Palm Beach, Florida, locale. Funky-patterned throw pillows in fruity hues tease out the room’s sweet side, while glossy trim in a deep, show-stopping blue dials up the drama.
10 of 14Design: Andrew Howard; Photo: David A. Land; Styling: Liz Strong
Highlight architectural elements by dousing them in standout shades. In this Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, guest room, cool blue-green cabinetry adds a Caribbean punch to the room’s lighthearted mix of playful patterns and breezy blues, plus it offers plenty of storage for summer style staples and beach gear.
11 of 14Design: Mark and Paige Schnell; Photo: Jean Allsopp and Tria Giovan; Styling: Rachael Burrow and Lynn Nesmith
To make this Florida cottage’s teeny family room live larger, designers Mark and Paige Schnell washed the entire den, from trim to ceiling, in a rich marine blue. White artwork and accessories, plus a polished nickel pendant, brighten the deep sapphire hue and give the small space high-impact dimension.
12 of 14Design: Mark and Paige Schnell; Photo: Jean Allsopp and Tria Giovan; Styling: Rachael Burrow and Lynn Nesmith
A lofted ceiling and walls painted in the softest blue-green give this guest room an airy, escape-like quality that will have visitors itching to extend their stay. An old-fashioned, handcrafted spool bed by Reid Classics and a gallery wall of treasured black-and-white family photographs rev up the room’s classic summer house nostalgia.
All the color inspiration homeowner Elizabeth Mazyck and designer Erika Powell needed for the walls of this dreamy master bedroom came from the home’s quiet Inlet Beach, Florida, locale. “My favorite time of day here is sunset, and so often, it appears in sea glass colors – lavender, sea foam, periwinkle,” says Mazyck. She and Powell pulled those hues into the master bedroom for a palette that’s as ethereal and peaceful as the stretch of sand the house overlooks.
14 of 14Design: Phoebe Howard; Photo: Tria Giovan; Styling: Karin Olsen
Transform your home’s pass-through spaces into linger-worthy stops by painting them unexpected hues. The milky blue on the shelves and cabinets of this built-in wet bar, plus the powder blue-painted shiplap, elevate this hallway alcove from a practical service area to a “little jewel of a space to be in,” notes architect Bill Beeton.