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 Bedroom
Photographer Tria Giovan

6. Painted furniture.

Having too many dark furnishings can make a light, airy room feel dated, staid, and cramped. The solution? Incorporating a few painted pieces, such as the distressed cream nightstand (near left) and chest (top). “Mixing Swedish and French painted pieces with English furniture offers a nice contrast and keeps the mood light and bright,” says Meg. Look for furniture that won’t be devalued by being painted and choose pieces that don’t already have a naturally beautiful finish. The end result will be perfect for absorbing and reflecting beautiful seaside light.

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