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.

Key West Homes

Get the laid-back look of South Florida with inspiration from these island homes.

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Tropical design can be modern, traditional, a little bohemian, or even all of these together.
Photographer Jean Allsopp

Well-Blended

Tropical design can be modern, traditional, a little bohemian, or even all of these together. Here, an Akari paper lantern by 20th-century artist Isamu Noguchi lends a modern edge, while a white-and-blue scheme create a classic coastal undercurrent. Traditional velvet trimmed curtains with tiebacks soften the look and provide a visual divide between living and dining areas.

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Lacy curtains, fresh florals, and plenty of monogrammed pillows are just a few of the feminine touches that give this room its calming and sweet mood. Pieces scored at thrift stores and flea markets were refreshed with paint, then artfully applied to achieve the shabby-chic distressed look.