With the right mix of tranquil colors, organic textures, and playful accents, you can start your coastal restyle today.
Writer Kristen Shelton
1 of 9Photographer J. Savage Gibson
In the Kitchen
Ocean HuesA light-blue shade on the cabinets and island complements the sea-inspired backsplash and softens stainless steel appliances and dark countertops and floors.
Atlanta designer Carter Kay started with the tile, and the color inspired the palette for the entire house. A hint of iridescent shimmer sets off the blue cabinetry and sandy trim and ceiling.
Various tones of light, sandy colors, from the headboard to the drapes, keep the mood calm.
Beach houses don’t have to be kitschy or fussy! Carter used a contemporary print to reference the surroundings without being clichéd.
Super-soft linen duvet covers like this one feel as inviting as they look.
Shop the look: Walls in Desolate (OC-10), Benjamin Moore. Linens, Susan Shepherd Interiors; 904/241-5900. Roger Arlington drapery, wall, and bed skirt fabric, Galbraith & Paul bench fabric, and Hanson wall lamps, Jerry Pair. Blinds, Barter & Galambos; 404/364-9011. Baskets, Scott Antique Market. Acrylic table and chairs, Travis & Company. Iron bench, Neirmann Weeks. Custom rug, Eve Oxford, Inc.; 404/233-8958.
7 of 9Photographer J. Savage Gibson
On the Master Bedroom Porch
Hanging beds on the porch off the master bedroom make a great place for afternoon naps.
A thick fabric in the same shade as the trim and ceiling draws the eye toward the stunning view.
In a room with lots of fun pattern, a pop of solid color anchors the space.
One small-scale print, like these dancing ladies in sea blues, keeps the mood light and the look cohesive.
The rug picks up on other blues so that the patterns can coordinate, not clash.
Shop the look: Walls in Desolate (OC-10), Benjamin Moore. Colette chair, ottoman, and pillow fabric in Ecru and Granita bed curtain fabric in Caribbean Blue, Donghia. Custom rug, Eve Oxford, Inc.; 404/233-8958.
9 of 9Photographer J. Savage Gibson
In the Guest Room
Unconventional Art A weathered, metal turtle sculpture adds texture, references the beach, and brings in a whimsical flair to this bedroom.
Outdoor Furniture Wicker isn’t just for porches! Bring them inside for a casual look.
Shop the look: Walls in Silver Cloud (2129-70) (3/4 formula), Benjamin Moore. Custom rug, Eve Oxford, Inc.; 404/233-8958. Victoria Hagan Home curtains, Ainsworth Noah; 404/231-8787. Turtle, Scott Antique Market. Furniture, Maine Cottage; 207/846-1430.