Island Style Guide

From bright, bold colors to punchy tropical motifs, here is our complete guide to creating—and enjoying—an island oasis, as well as a our favorite island homes.

Six Steps to Island Style

In a Bermuda villa overlooking the sea, designer Meg Braff creates an island look that’s classic and family-friendly—in six easy steps.

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Tropical Entryway
Photographer Tria Giovan

1. Patterned rugs.

Meg paired polished antiques with geometric and striped flat-weave rugs made of cotton, jute, or sea grass to give each room a casual foundation. “I wanted the floors to feel good—and be forgiving under bare feet after a day on the beach,” says Meg. Antique Persian rugs, which can’t be hosed down or shaken out, would have shifted the style factor too far toward formal.

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Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.