Channel the tropics with fresh inspiration from these seaside living rooms, ranging from natural and nautical to bright and bursting with hot island color.
By Jeanne Lyons Davis
1 of 10Photo: Tria Giovan; Stylist: Heather Chadduck
Classic Meets Cozy
The blue and white palette of this Bermuda sitting room is both formal and approachable, and gets a surprise shot of seafoam via a painted coffee table. Designer Meg Braff anchors the space with vintage nautical artwork, powder blue walls, and British-inspired club chairs with sit-and-stay appeal.
4 of 10Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
A vibrant blue Madeline Weinrib rug brings cool island color to this funky Bahamas hideaway, particularly when paired with neutral grass cloth walls and vintage rattan furniture. The porthole-shaped mirrors were crafted by a West Palm Beach artisan from fragments of midcentury chairs.
5 of 10Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
This playful Jamaican living room (yes—that’s a swinging sofa!) incorporates collectables from fashion designer Sophie Eyssautier’s travels, like leather poufs and pink throws discovered at a bazaar in Morocco.
Accent tables (crafted from a tree that fell during Hurricane Wilma) nest nicely among layered jute and hide rugs in this Key West living room. “When you’re working with white walls and furniture, mixing materials gives depth to a room,” says designer Johnathon Hoenscheidt.
7 of 10Photo: William Waldron; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
This historic British Colonial estate in Jamaica stays true to its classic Caribbean charms and famed Hollywood past (Oscar Hammerstein lived here) by outfitting original furnishings with easy facelifts like tailored slipcovers and fresh coats of white paint on tattered rattan chairs.
9 of 10Photo: Lisa Romerein; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
Mixing Caribbean style with Southern comforts, the homeowners of this St. Kitts cottage (who relocated from South Carolina) incorporated classic pieces and sentimental collectables into this light-filled living room.
10 of 10Photo: Jean-Philippe Piter; Stylist: Pernille Vest
Simple and Refined
With so much color from St. Barts pouring through the windows, this minimalistic refuge doesn’t compete with the view and focuses on eye-catching pieces, like antique Chinese cabinets topped with groupings of vintage birdcages (that work double duty to hide stereo speakers).