Island Style Guide

From bright, bold colors to punchy tropical motifs, here is our complete guide to creating—and enjoying—an island oasis, as well as a our favorite island homes.

Create Instant Island Style

Love that breezy beach house look but not sure how to pull it off? We asked three top designers to share their favorite decorating tips and secret sources.

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The pink hues in this Bermuda bedroom were inspired by the island's sandy pink beaches.
J. Savage Gibson/Courtesy of Phoebe Howard

Bermuda Classic

Designer Phoebe Howard, proprietor of the shops Mrs. Howard and Max & Company, decorated a stately Bermuda retreat that's a mix of polished and preppy, with island-inspired dashes and feminine flourishes. In this room, raffia upholstery gives the bed frames a neat and polished look. Phoebe started with an antique bamboo desk with pink trim. Inspired by Bermuda's pink-sand beaches, she stuck to this one color and varied its intensity. The bold red, magenta, and pink shades in the botanical prints play off the island's brilliant tropical vegetation.

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