Our Top 10 Happiest Rooms

We culled through 15 years of photographs to find the rooms that put the biggest smiles on our faces. From bright palettes to nautical nods, these ideas add cheer to any space.

Pattern Play

Photographer: Jeff McNamara

Pattern Play

Layer stripes, polka dots, and plaids in similar hues to create a lively look. For a cozy seat with a view, bring a butterfly chair inside to create an outdoor classic aesthetic.

Bedroom from our March 2004 issue

Bright Stripes

Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Bright Stripes

Who says flooring must be neutral? We're swooning over this candy-colored rug. Turn a water view out one window into a panorama by adding in a mirrored wall.

Living Room from our March 2011 issue

Berth-like Bunks

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Berth-like Bunks

These bunks require less space so you can sleep extra long guests. The more the merrier! The porthole windows between bunks are perfect for sharing secrets after lights out. Cheerful pops of yellow cast a sunny spell over any room so mix it with other high-octane colors for an energetic vibe, and plenty of white to keep the intensity level in check.

Kids' Room from our June 2008 issue

Breakfast Banquette

Photographer: Tria Giovan

Breakfast Banquette

Cozy, casual, and crowd-accommodating, booth-like seating sets the stage for quiet morning meals or raucous late-night snacks. And nothing says "kick your feet up" like a collection of brightly colored flip-flops mounted in Lucite boxes.

Breakfast Nook from our October 2011 issue

Turquoise Take-over

Photographer: Richard Leo Johnson

Turquoise Take-over

At the beach, gathering for meals is rarely a formal event—so dining spaces and kitchens are the perfect spots to embrace whimsical decor. Turquoise tile? Swivel barstools? Bring it on.

Kitchen from our June 2009 issue

Blue + Green

Photographer: Richard Leo Johnson

Blue + Green

Polka dots and contrasting welts give these sea and sky shades a lighthearted twist. For an added whimsical effect, find a painted table sized for board games.

Porch from our June 2009 issue

Pavilion-Style

Photographer: Jean-Phillipe Piter

Pavilion-Style

Spirits soar just as high in this easy-breezy, pavilion-style space. A connection to the outdoors—where you can feel breezes blowing and look out at seemingly endless water views—is a true mood enhancer. Keep those indoor/outdoor spaces casual with cushy seating, no-fuss accessories, and easy come, easy go style.

Dining Room from our February 2010 issue

Bold Color Pairing

Photographer: Rick Lew

Bold Color Pairing

Just like when you're on vacation, there's a certain "no-rules" approach to decorating a beach house that has a refreshing effect. Try colors, artwork, and patterns you wouldn't dare choose for your year-round home.

Den from our December/January 2012 issue

Clear Organization

Photographer: Annie Schlechter

Clear Organization

With a beach wardrobe as joyfully colorful as this, why not put it on display? Use clear organizational cubbies to let your clothes create a wall of color.

Closet from our March 2011 issue

Shower Sculpture

Photographer: Richard Leo Johnson

Shower Sculpture

A pair of turtles and a giant butterfly add a splash of color and a playful attitude.

Outdoor shower from our June 2009 issue

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