With the right mix of tranquil colors, organic textures, and playful accents, you can start your coastal restyle today.
A 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.
Shop the look: Designer Carter Kay, Carter Kay Interiors. Builder Bill Singleton, Singleton Construction. Cabinet/trim in custom color. Tile, Walker Zanger. Lightfixtures, South of Market. Stools, The Wicker Works. Wolf range, ABT.
With a similar texture to dunes grasses, these chairs can’t help but evoke the beach.
Pops of Color
The pair of turquoise tables ties this space to the nearby kitchen.
Shop the look: Walls in Desolate (OC-10), Benjamin Moore. Chairs, The Wicker Works. Hable Construction chair fabric, Jerry Pair. Sofa, Perennials, Grizzell and Mann; 404/261-5932. Custom painted tables, Carter Kay Interiors.
In a room without a view, Carter used darker shades of coastal coors to bring in a serene beach mood.
Bottles and balls in shades of blue and green look like they just washed up on the shore.
Modern lines and large-scale pattern make these armchairs the showpieces of the room.
Shop the look: Walls in Huntington Beige (HC-21), Benjamin Moore. Lee Industries chairs, sofa, and ottoman, Smith Grubbs & Associates. Brentano chair fabric, Donghia. Larsen sofa fabric and Jane Shelton ottoman fabric, Travis & Company. Two Abroad antique baker's rack, Carter Kay Interiors. Antique ship's prow decoration, A. Tyner Antiques.
Linen covers on the host and hostess chairs add an earthy, organic tone to the beachy palette
The dining table was once a Ping-Pong table, now a playful note in the buttoned-up space. If you look hard enough, you can still see the green paint from its previous life.
Large open windows draped in gauzy linen add a delicate touch to the room and let in sea breezes and fantastic light.
Shop the look: Walls in Desolate (OC-10), Benjamin Moore. Table, South of Market. Lee Industries slipcovered chairs, Smith Grubbs & Associates. Larsen chair fabric, Travis & Company. Chinese chairs, Scott Antique Market.
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.
Hanging beds on the porch off the master bedroom make a great place for afternoon naps.
Shop the look: Custom hanging beds, Singleton Construction.
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.
A weathered, metal turtle sculpture adds texture, references the beach, and brings in a whimsical flair to this bedroom.
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.