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 Living Room
Photographer Tria Giovan

3. Chippendale chic.

For a modern variation on this iconic style, Meg updated Chippendale pieces with casual materials and bright, bold fabrics. In the living room, a console and coffee table are made of rattan, not mahogany—a more beach-appropriate interpretation of the motif. In the dining room, Meg covered the seats of Chippendale chairs with a large-scale green ikat print to infuse the space with youthful energy.

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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.