Experiment with soft linens and sweet accessories to transform your living space into a swoon-worthy retreat.
Writer: Brett Bralley
1 of 25Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn
Open up your bedroom space to nature with folding shutter doors. Create an isolated sanctuary with luxurious white linens, beachy textures, and tropical elements such as palm fronds and seashells to create an island-like sanctuary.
2 of 25Photo: Tom McWilliam
Whitewashed pitched ceilings and mosquito netting add a touch of drama and romance to an otherwise simple space. The mosquito netting also softens the rustic look of wall-to-wall wood and allows for snoozing with open windows to let salty breezes blow through.
3 of 25Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn
Make the most out of a seafront haven by allowing bedroom walls to open up completely to the sea. Serene blues complement the placid waters, while mosquito netting adds a sigh of romance.
4 of 25Photo: Tria Giovan
Rethink romantic hues. Sea foam and aqua create a serene space, and carved stone side tables and unfinished teak add seaside elements. What better place to enjoy a coastal view than from under the covers?
5 of 25Photo: Buff Strickland
Dividing a pool and patio with opulent stone pillars and elegant curtains lends a Grecian feel to this outdoor living space. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors lets views in and provides quick and easy access to the water.
6 of 25Photo: Annie Schlecter
Use white bedding and colorful pillows to lighten the look of floor-to-ceiling wood. A textured rug and mosquito netting echo rain forest influences; a hammock provides the perfect napping spot for two.
7 of 25Photo: Tria Giovan
A draperied gazebo creates a tropical hideaway and a picturesque setting to witness a storm, escape the heat, or enjoy an alfresco meal.
8 of 25Photo: J. Savage Gibson
The key to a romantic refuge is a peaceful palette. Serene blues create a calming space; a delicate chandelier adds an extra dose of elegance.
9 of 25Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn
You can create a romantic space anywhere. Build a relaxing spot in your own backyard by hanging a canopy over a cushioned bench. Bohemian, block-printed cushions add comfort and color to this resting spot.
10 of 25Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
A combination of neutral hues and textured elements references a peaceful spa experience with a loved one. Opalescent tiles create a shimmer effect, which inspires a soothing atmosphere.
11 of 25Photo: Lisa Romerein
Nature-inspired hues on throw pillows against a neutral backdrop create a cozy, peaceful space to curl up with a loved one. An oversize chandelier in soft white adds understated drama and the right amount of ambient light.
12 of 25Photo: Jean Allsopp
A thatched roof, tribal motif, and soft mosquito netting reference this bedroom’s far-off locale. A wall that completely opens to the sea lets cool breezes flow in.
13 of 25Photo: Lisa Romerein
Sleep In Style
Calming neutrals create a peaceful sanctuary for blissful slumber with colors chosen both for warmth and their reference to the scenic landscape.
14 of 25Photo: Sophie Munro
Lost in Thought
Simple furnishings match the feel of this quaint, cottage space. Details such as textured white bedding, lacy curtains, and a sheer canopy are all this room needs.
15 of 25Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Peaceful and Surreal
Fresh accents such as pink roses and palm fronds lend color and elegance to a soft and neutral space. Sheer curtains let in just the right amount of light.
16 of 25Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Pillows and plush fabrics soften the geometric lines of the four-poster bed. White floors open up the space even more, while a fireplace warms up the space on chilly seaside nights.
17 of 25Photo: Lisa Romerein
This teahouse is a space designed for indulging. A French iron daybed, crystal chandelier, gauzy tie-top drapes, and garden urns filled with seashells make it an ideal spot for watching a sunset.
18 of 25Photo: Paul Costello
An outdoor lounging space surrounded by island palms is inherently romantic; fiery bursts of red and sheer curtains only add to the intimate atmosphere.
19 of 25Photo: Richard Leo Johnson
An ornate, textured ceiling and a graceful chandelier provide contrast to simple decor. Metallic hues and a mirrored motif create a shimmery, glamorous effect.
20 of 25Photo: Dominique Vorillon
Sparkling white floors, billowing window treatments, and bamboo Chippendale dining chairs create the right blend of classic glamour and modern appeal—a perfect space for flirty conversation and a glass of wine.
21 of 25Photo: Tria Giovan
A draping canopy hangs from the ceiling to provide a sheer covering for this four-poster bed. The hand-blocked printed linen is lined with a high-sheen shimmery silk to create an exotic, luxurious feel.
22 of 25Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn
Vintage knickknacks and weathered furniture give this kitchen rustic, cozy charm. A shimmery chandelier with soft traces of pink makes the space a dreamy dwelling.
23 of 25Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn
A Whole New World
Accents and textiles inspired by Morocco and Indonesia create a romantic blend of exotic colors and prints. A bright white canopy keeps passionate pink, deep royal blue, and stained wood from being too overwhelming.
24 of 25Photo: Lisa Romerein
Outside the Expected
An outdoor bath creates a relaxing retreat from the routine of everyday life. To feel closer to the sea, choose ocean hues, paint an antique tub in a sea-inspired theme, and then finish the look with a driftwood mirror. Don’t forget the candles and bath salts!
25 of 25Photo: Sophie Munro
Vibrant tones set a passionate mood in a classic island space. Deep blue contrasts with heavenly whites to create this tropical escape for two.