Classic Island Interiors

Timeless beachy looks lend a laid-back feel to these stunning island spaces.

Retro Rattan Living Room

Photo: Tria Giovan

Retro Appeal

A series of love seats combines to form a substantial 16-foot-long sectional sofa to easily accommodate a crowd. Quirky rattan pieces add hip ’60s flair to this classic beach look.

Island Style Bar

Photo: Tria Giovan

Easy Living

Simple and versatile furnishings are an essential for island living. Beamed ceilings and louvered jalousie windows add tropical charm to this bar. Pendant drum shades crafted from inverted Bahamian baskets were wired and suspended from chains.

Casual Retro Island Bedroom

Photo: Tria Giovan

Relaxed Feel

Retro fabrics give casual furniture a style upgrade, and custom Lucite tables lend a modern touch.

Powder Room with Clam Shell Sink

Photo: Tria Giovan

Creative Touch

A large clamshell from Shell Horizons stands in as a sink in this powder room.

Classic Island Interiors: Tropical and Tailored

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Tropical and Tailored

Add a whimsical touch to an otherwise tailored space with quirky accessories such as these frog stools. Opalescent stripes on the walls and seashell decor provide the right backdrop to bold greens and oranges.

Classic Island Interiors: Airy Oasis

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Airy Oasis

A light, flowy canopy pairs perfectly with a pile of throw pillows in bohemian prints. Liven up plain stucco walls with details such as these kitschy lemon tree sconces. 

Classic Island Interiors: Seaside Warmth

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Seaside Warmth

Beachy accents such as the coral decor, driftwood light fixture, and weathered-looking coffee table make this room feel comfortable and inviting—as if the white denim slipcovers on these comfortable armchairs weren’t enough!

Classic Island Interiors: Mirrored Effect

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Mirrored Effect

This bedroom’s classic cabana look is all about symmetry. The chocolate-brown cane-and-rattan headboards along with the faux alligator fabric on the benches add a tropical touch to an otherwise traditionally feminine motif.

Classic Island Interiors: Paradise View

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Paradise View

Clean walls and whitewashed bamboo furniture allow the focus to stay on this room’s paradise view. Splashes of color, such as the cheetah-print linens and yellow piping on the pillows, add just the right amount of interest.

Classic Island Interiors: Modernized Vintage

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Modernized Vintage

Sleek blues, rattan furniture, and a burst of pink give this outdoor living room a modern yet retro feel. The organic outdoor fabric allows this space to withstand island heat, wind, and rainstorms.

Classic Island Interiors: Earthy Comfort

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Earthy Comfort

Bits of Jamaica are woven into this kitchen with the framed palm fronds, mosaic tiles, and bamboo elements. A simple striped rug and white cabinetry give the space a timeless feel.

Classic Island Interiors: Natural Lighting

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Natural Lighting

Make a room light-filled and low-maintenance by ditching draperies and embracing the crisp lines of window shutters. Details such as white seat cushions, a patterned tablecloth, and delicate orchids add just enough softness against iron chairs and a hanging lantern.

Classic Island Interiors: Island Sophistication

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Island Sophistication

Simple island elegance is the key to this guest room. Bamboo-inspired furniture and bedding pair with sugar-white walls to provide the ultimate atmosphere for peaceful snoozing.

Tropical Pink Bermuda-inspired Bedroom

Photo: J. Savage Gibson

Tropical Punch

In this room, raffia upholstery gives the bed frame a neat and polished look. An antique bamboo desk with pink trim lends a dash of island-inspiration and flourish of femininity. The monochromatic color scheme was inspired by Bermuda's pink-sand beaches.

Classic Island Interiors: Embroidered Caribbean

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Embroidered Caribbean

Try custom embroidery on white coverlets, shams, and bolster pillows to give a tailored appearance to a Caribbean-style room. Here, the batik-style print on the headboard, bed skirt, and bench, along with the canopy pleats, make this room all about seaside comfort.

Classic Island Interiors: Natural and Luxurious

Photographer J. Savage Gibson

Natural and Luxurious

Blend vibrant greens with rustic accents such as grasscloth walls, woven blinds, and a driftwood floor lamp. Plush white bedding adds a simple statement of luxury.

Classic Island Interiors: Elemental Contrast

Photographer Tria Giovan

Elemental Contrast

Soft, playful blues stand out against the industrial texture of an iron lantern and floor lamps. The wicker chairs and distressed teak add a beachy feel.

Classic Island Interiors: Underwater Tints

Photographer Tria Giovan

Underwater Tints

This room combines light blues with turquoise hues for an under-the-sea feel. Sleek details such as the pottery overhead complement the updated version of French toile on pillows and draperies.

Classic Island Interiors: Versatile with a View

Photographer Tria Giovan

Versatile with a View

Make your island-inspired space multifunctional. Upholstered wedges work well as seats around a card table or as an ottoman when pushed together. Sheer curtains let light pass through while creating the illusion of a closed-off space.



Classic Island Interiors: Island Materials

Photographer Tria Giovan

Island Materials

Bring the outside in with natural details such as teak cabinets and 3-inch-thick countertops made from local volcanic rock. Deep-turquoise walls and a cobalt stove create the perfect foreground for the calming ocean view out the window.

Classic Island Interiors: Cheerful Lines

Photographer Tria Giovan

Cheerful Lines

Timeless stripes on the awning and seat cushions bring a classic touch to this outdoor dining room. Add an international vibe with a punched-iron pendant lamp, such as this Moroccan fixture.



Classic Island Interiors: Secret Retreat

Photographer Tria Giovan

Secret Retreat

Create the ultimate beachside suite by opening up to a private seating nook. Unfinished teak and woven floor cushions add rugged texture against shades of aqua and sea foam.

Classic Island Interiors: Cool Escape

Photographer Tria Giovan

Cool Escape

The plush banquette, surrounding curtains, and exposed wood make this gazebo an inviting escape from island heat or an ideal spot to watch a rainstorm. A carved stone table and metal lantern bring in an exotic beat.

Classic Island Interiors: Cool Escape

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Classic Inspiration

Preppy greens and pinks offer bold bursts of color against this neutral setting, while woven blinds and textured wallpaper add interest.

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