Summer's brightest shades create a seaside landscape indoors.

By Jacquelyne Froeber
June 08, 2005
Jeff McNamara

Let the many moods of the sea inspire your home's color scheme.From passionate and lively to relaxed and serene, these homeinteriors showcase our favorite color combos.

Lighten Up
Pale hues set the scene for a restful retreat. Pairing whiteupholstery with varying shades of blue and green brings the sky andsea indoors. Soft yellow and gray give the room a modern, summerfeel.

Tropical Taste
Bright pinks and blues create a Caribbean adventure. Tropicalaccessories such as pineapple sconces, scented candles, and arattan ceiling fan complement the island decor.

Mild Manner
Pale shades of blue combine with white for a clean, airylook. This traditional matchup imparts coastal cottage charm.

Marsh Madness
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Here,yellow-green walls and blue accents echo the marshy landscape justoutside.

Matching Memories
Look to beach nostalgia for a retro 1950s combination. Pullyour palette of magentas, cozy oranges, and snapdragon pinks fromboardwalks, vintage postcards, and surfing memorabilia. With thecolor scheme set, fill each room with photos and souvenirs for evenmore allure.

Outside In
Enhance your colors with natural light. Hang mirrors andapply a glossy finish to the walls to reflect views. Addtransparent drapes to let the sunshine in.

All Seasons
Greens adapt to different moods depending on the colorthey're paired with. For a relaxed look, try a soft sage accentedwith muted tan or white. Want to punch it up? Accent leafy greenwith midnight blue or a sunny yellow.