Coastal Colors: Natural

One glance at rolling dunes or dramatic driftwood logs and you'll appreciate the richness of neutral colors.

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Colleen Duffley

Quiet Design

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.

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Lisa Romerein

Low-maintenance Appeal

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.

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Bruce Buck

Look to Nature

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.

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Jean Allsopp

Use Textured Materials

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.

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Colleen Duffley

Natural Elements

To create elegant beachside interiors, opt for woven and wood furniture with modern lines.

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Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Balancing Act

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.

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Laura Moss

Well-Suited

Use linen and burlap―their versatility makes them suitable for everything from tablecloths and Roman shades to bedding and upholstery.

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Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Add Visual Interest

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.

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Colleen Duffley

Let Nature Shine

Neutral schemes for porches and courtyards set off the landscape without distracting from it.

wooden-sliding-door-bathroom

Tria Giovan

Second-Hand Style

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.

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No-Fail Neutral #1

Sandpiper by Olympic

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No-Fail Neutral #2

Bone White by Benjamin Moore

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No-Fail Neutral #3

Familiar Beige by Sherwin-Williams

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No-Fail Neutral #4

Sand Fossil by Pittsburgh Paints

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No-Fail Neutral #5

Hutchinson by Ralph Lauren

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