10 Essentials of Modern Casual Style

California designer Tim Clarke shares his advice for outfitting a beach house with a fresh, laid-back look.

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Kids' Bedroom
Photographer David Tsay

Essential #7: Gallons of White Paint

The first thing Tim did to this house was paint all the walls and ceilings white. “I wanted to make the background light to keep the focus on the stunning views,” he says. All-white walls are vital for creating seamless transitions in open floor plans. Plus they show off patterned prints, bold accessories, and great artwork particularly well—just picture an art gallery and you get the idea. All White (2005) by Farrow & Ball is Tim’s go-to shade.

Shop the look: Interiors in All White (2005), Farrow & Ball. Seahorse vase, Tower 20. Custom bunk beds, Tim Clarke. Amijao drapery fabric in Sea, Raoul Textiles. Rug, Decorative Carpets. Pink lamps and bean bag chairs, Pottery Barn Kids.

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