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.