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.

Six Colorful Style Tricks

Designer Amanda Nisbet infuses a family beach retreat on Long Island with radiant hues, from bold blues to punchy pinks.

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Amanda Nisbet
Photo: Jonny Valiant

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Designer: Amanda Nisbet (pictured), Amanda Nisbet Design; 212/860-9133.
Architect: Rocco J. Lettieri; 631/288-4636.
Paint: Foyer walls in White Dove, TV room walls in Tequila Lime, living room walls in White Dove, master bedroom walls in Spring Iris, and porch  ceiling in Blue Angel; Benjamin Moore.
Breakfast Nook: Striped pillow fabric, Osborne & Little.
Foyer: Skirted table fabric, Quadrille. Chair fabric, Phillip Jeffries Ltd. Lantern, English Country Antiques. Sconces, Moth.
TV room: Sofa, Donghia. Pod seats, Andrew Martin. Coffee table, West Elm.
Game room: Table, Crate & Barrel. Chandelier, Treillage; 212/988-8800. Wallcovering, Phillip Jeffries Ltd. Seating cubes, Albert Menin Interiors; 212/876-3041. Cube fabric, Stroheim.
Living room: Sofa, John Rosselli. Sofa fabric and curtains, Rogers & Goffigon Ltd.; 212/888-3242. Yellow zigzag pillow, English Country Antiques. Ikat pillows and throw, Fishers Home Furnishings. Side tables, Mecox Gardens. Lamps, Christopher Spitzmiller, Inc.
Master bedroom: Headboard fabric, AM Collections; 212/625-2616. Bedding, Leontine Linens. Table, Mecox Gardens. Lamp, Simon Pearce. Purple throw pillow, Fishers Home Furnishings.
Porch: Sofa and chair, Walters Wicker. Coffee table, vintage. Lamp, Oly. Throw, Brahm’s Mount. Basket lantern and silver shaker, Mecox Gardens. Red pot, Lars Bolander NY. John Robshaw large print pillows, Fishers Home Furnishings.

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