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.

10 Island Style Essentials

In an open-air villa in Round Hill, Jamaica, designer Meg Braff shares her tips for loosening up a tailored look with island flair.

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We Love ... vaulted ceilings—their lofty heights not only add architectural interest but also facilitate cooling in open-air island pavilions.
Photo J. Savage Gibson, Stylist Heather Chadduck, 

Island Style Essential #8

Shutters, Sans Drapery
For their easy tropical style and low-maintenance appeal, Meg dressed the windows with shutters instead of drapery panels. “Curtains are tough to maintain in an island home, and we wanted to allow as much light and breezes into the house as possible,” she says. The clean lines of the plantation-style versions that she chose add to the villa’s airy, island feel.

We Love ... vaulted ceilings―their lofty heights not only add architectural interest but also facilitate cooling in open-air island pavilions.

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