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 Sitting Room
Photographer Tria Giovan

4.  Nautical artwork.

It wouldn’t be a house on the coast without a few paintings of sailboats and ships braving the sea. But just because they’re de rigueur doesn’t mean they have to be predictable. The contemporary, monochromatic palette and simple frame on the piece above the sitting room mantel is an unexpected choice. Offbeat nautical accessories can create a similar effect; comb through flea markets to find vintage marine instruments.

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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.