The New Classic Beach House

Designer Lynn Morgan gives a Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, house a nautical, chic look—without going overboard.

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Living Room
Photographer: Annie Schlechter, Styling by: Matthew Gleason

Bold But Not Overpowering

In the living room, seafoam green walls are a fresh and unexpected backdrop for a pair of bright turquoise sofas and lively patterned throw pillows in vibrant hues. "Blues and greens are great for a beach house," says Lynn. "They feel like summer all year long."

To offset the ocean colors, she incorporated a lot of natural elements, such as the ship-inspired mahogany windows, sisal area rugs, and grasscloth lamp shades. Lots of white, from the living room's garden stool and coffee table to the high-gloss paint on most of the trim, also tones down the bright hues.

The living room walls are painted Wispy Green by Benjamin Moore. The sofas are upholstered in fabric by Romo; the fabric on the pillows is from Lee Jofa's Seacloth collection. The garden stool is from Emissary Home & Garden.

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