One glance at rolling dunes or dramatic driftwood logs and you'll appreciate the richness of neutral colors.
For a palette that never goes out of style, incorporate soft browns and beiges into your decor. The sandy scheme gives interiors a relaxed, informal feel. Offset coquina or lime¬stone floors with natural wood ceilings. The planks will absorb noise in the room.
Layer neutrals and rich browns in a living area. This subtle and stylish palette has an added bonus: It masks sand tracked across the floor. Throw in natural furnishings and accessories for a cohesive look that’s easy to maintain.
Let the colors of a sun-bleached seashell inspire the palette for an entire room. Light walls create a backdrop for materials and fabrics in a variety of darker earth tones.
Add depth to a monochromatic scheme with weathered patinas and nubby fabrics. Dainty details such as lace and fringe appear feminine without looking frilly when done in beige.
To create elegant beachside interiors, opt for woven and wood furniture with modern lines.
Use wood to soften the lines of a modern kitchen. Warm wood tones balance the industrial appearance of limestone counters and stainless appliances without detracting from their contemporary appeal.
Use linen and burlap―their versatility makes them suitable for everything from tablecloths and Roman shades to bedding and upholstery.
Compensate for the lack of color in a natural palette with texture. Exterior shingles add an element of surprise when brought indoors, giving a room dimension and visual interest. Too much texture can overwhelm a small space, so this works best in a large, open area.
Neutral schemes for porches and courtyards set off the landscape without distracting from it.
Lend a sense of history to newer homes with salvaged or reclaimed wood. It’s environmentally friendly and provides a welcome contrast to newer building components.
Sandpiper by Olympic
Bone White by Benjamin Moore
Familiar Beige by Sherwin-Williams
Sand Fossil by Pittsburgh Paints
Hutchinson by Ralph Lauren