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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Essential #8: Bold Splashes of Color

To keep the mood cheerful, try beachy-bright hues you might otherwise eschew, like citrusy orange or hot pink. “My clients wanted their beach house to be fun, modern, and not so serious, so we chose bolder colors than they have in their year-round house,” says Tim. Just a splash of the unexpected here and there—such as the orange ottoman and throw pillows in the chocolate-and-cream living room—is a great way to introduce some brightness without going overboard.

We love: bean bag chairs, an affordable accent that’s versatile and ideal for lounging with a book after a day at the beach.

Shop the look: Pink lamps, Pottery Barn Kids


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