From bright purples to dazzling pinks, and lime greens to sunny yellows, these island-inspired hues are instant mood boosters.
1 of 16Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Palette with Punch
Coastlines are filled with surprising colors that inspire and delight us, like bougainvillea pink and palm frond green. So there’s no need to shy away from these Technicolor choices when decorating a beach house.
Purples complimentary hue on the color wheel is yellow—the citrus tones add just the right amount of zip to the deeper grape shade.
3 of 16Jean Allsopp
Bold and adventurous, a tropical palette infuses interiors with energy and imagination. Bring flashy hues into your home and you won’t have to travel far to feel like you’re on vacation.
4 of 16Photo: Francesco Lagnese
Lilac and hibiscus shades play very well with the deep green of these bunk room comforters. The room has a balanced feel thanks to the white walls and furniture.
5 of 16Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Throw the rules out the window and use colors you love where you’ll see them most often. In this living room, shades of purple on the ceiling, trim, and furniture unify the space.
6 of 16Celia Pearson
Bold & Beautiful
Don’t be afraid to mix bold patterns. When in the same palette of vibrant hues, the patterns don’t have to match.
7 of 16Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Color With Care
Use bright colors on walls and darker hues on furniture. (For a visual lift, paint the ceiling a light shade.) Unify the look with accessories in similar hues, but exercise restraint―bright colors don’t need much embellishment.
8 of 16Jean Allsopp
Easy Does It
Make strong colors stand out by introducing them in small doses. Painting accents in one or two bold hues is an old island trick.
9 of 16J. Savage Gibson
Select two analogous colors for your home’s exterior, and a complementary hue to accent doors and shutters. You’ll bring the palette of the islands home and make sure delivery trucks never pass you by.
10 of 16Celia Pearson
Tame a tropical palette by pairing it with warm woods. Just as white gives colors room to breathe, natural woods absorb their vibrancy. The result is vivid but not overbearing.
11 of 16Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
All or Nothing
Be courageous and experiment with bold color combinations indoors and out. The trick is to use colors of the same intensity. A rich purple saturated with red tones might overwhelm a light spring green. But as shown on this Caribbean patio, a more intense lime green holds its own against deep purple’s punch.