8 Great Color Pointers

This bold beach house's interiors will inspire you to make more daring decorating moves.

Shape Up

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Shape Up

Geometric shapes and loud colors give this master bedroom dramatic flair. The room’s vibrant palette revolves around the owners’ favorite hues, orange and aqua, which were toned down with khaki and white. Decorators Kathryn Saunders and Elizabeth Cleary created the desired drama with the unexpected color scheme, extra-tall headboard, and custom rug.

A Touch of Red

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

A Touch of Red

The kitchen’s backsplash features a vintage tablecloth map of New Jersey that colorfully contributes to the house’s retro vibe. The cream cabinets and stainless appliances create a practical space that lets the red artwork stand out. “We love how it adds something personal,” Kathryn says.

Bright Idea

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Bright Idea

White furnishings really pop against natural wood walls. The dining room table was a piece from the owner’s childhood that he repainted. This funky 1960 chandelier works with the contemporary features of the space, providing an air of Old Hollywood glamour. The decorators crafted the room around the chandelier because they thought it “beautifully reflected the natural light and provided an interesting conversation piece.”

Fresh Color Palette

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Fresh Color Palette

In this guest room, Kathryn and Elizabeth gave the space a light and airy feel with the help of spring green. “The custom-made dressing table and sweet pillows add feminine charm,” Elizabeth says. The green lampshade, Chinese garden stool, and throw reflect the lush foliage visible through the windows. The repetition of the same vibrant shade throughout the space helps the look hang together, while different patterns add dimension.

Blue and White, Always Right

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Blue and White, Always Right

Navy and white lend a maritime-chic look to this living room. Kathryn and Elizabeth used green accents throughout the house to “mix up the typical nautical feel.” The bold, striped rug perfectly anchors the furniture’s simple upholstery. The use of sand- and water-friendly fabrics, such as terry cloth, is practical and beach-appropriate. Minimalist furniture subtly complements the dramatic color scheme.

A Patriotic Pop of Color

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

A Patriotic Pop of Color

The retro red glider and assorted blue and white pillows continue the nautical theme outside and offer the perfect place to lounge. “It gives an element of surprise and a pop of color” to the unconventional house, Kathryn says.

Beach Toy Inspiration

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Beach Toy Inspiration

The master bedroom’s orange and blue ottoman, reminiscent of a beach ball, creates a playful look. The incorporation of a muted pattern on the khaki-and-white love seat brings harmony to the busy room while maintaining the big, bold, geometric theme. The aqua Roman shades give the walls a splash of color and draw attention to the windows and the view beyond.

Accent on Color

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Accent on Color

The edged Roman shades and matching navy windowsills mimic the lines in the rug and contribute to the clean, tailored look, while bright punches of green and red energize the navy-and-white palette. “Adding an unexpected color like lime green to a room is an interesting way to throw a twist on the color scheme,” Kathryn says. Kathryn and Elizabeth used curved chair arms and polka dot cushions to balance the living room’s angular shapes and linear patterns, then added glass lamps, metal chairs, and plush cushions.

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