Below is our list of the top 10 design dilemmas and resolutions from Ballard Designs.
Cecelia F. Asked: Moved into a new house with way more room than I had in the old one and I'm trying to create a beach house up in Minnesota. I have dark wood floors, blueish tiles, gray walls, white millwork and the prettiest kitchen ever! I need help with those decorative accents that say "Coastal Living." For starters, I bought a white/natural slipcovered sofa, loveseat and comfy chair for our family room.
Ballard Designs Answer: A few well-chosen essentials can give your room that casual beach attitude. Start with relaxing canvas of cool blue hues, pops of red and sandy tones. Incorporate sea-inspired art and mix in your own beachcombing finds. And layer in touches of texture, from natural-fiber rugs to coral accents.