These eight winning palettes represent the best in coastal style.
1 of 8Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Blue & White
This timeless combination never goes out of style. Handsome stripes
paired with nautical prints and hand-rendered accents impart a
sophisticated edge to any outdoor room. Choose your blue hues
according to the mood you want to set. Darker tones create a more
serious, tailored look, while softer shades lend a playful air.
Layer varying shades to give depth, and try pale blue on the
ceiling-the color not only recalls the sky, but also is rumored to
2 of 8Richard Leo Johnson
For a look that's purely coastal, turn to the colors of the ocean.
Layers of blues and greens―in shades ranging from royal to
periwinkle―create a style that works either dressed-up or
casual. These sea-glass hues dazzle when set against a white
backdrop, and lend a whimsical air when used on trimwork or
3 of 8Jean Allsopp
For a fresh look that's sure to wake you up in the morning, look to
tangy yellows, oranges, and greens. In a room that lacks natural
light, these hot hues radiate their own. Use citrus sparingly and
daringly: A little goes a long way. Try sisal and woven materials
to balance the vibrant color scheme.
4 of 8Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Allow textures to bring interest to muted earth tones, such as
beiges, browns, and sandy shades. When choosing natural (or
natural-looking) furnishings, mix it up. Woven pieces work well
with rattan and wood, even if they're not a matching shade.
Complement the look with pieces slipcovered in natural fibers, such
as linen or bark cloth.
5 of 8Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Show your softer side with a pastel color scheme. As long as you
choose colors of the same intensity, you can pull in a wide variety
of patterns and prints. In fact, the broader your selection, the
more sophisticated the look becomes. Painted pieces are a natural
complement, so spruce up unfinished furniture or even flea market
finds with a fresh coat of your favorite pastel shade to complete
6 of 8Richard Leo Johnson
For a bit of island flair, opt for zany color combinations in
saturated hues. Avoid predictability: The more outrageous the
combo, the more pleasing the result. Look for complementary shades
(those located opposite each other on
wheel) and toss in a few white accents to give the eye space to
rest. To ease into the look, consider painting a small portion of a
room or exterior with the chosen hue. Live with it for a few days
7 of 8Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
This clean and classic look works well in any room of the house.
Perfect in a coastal environment, the lack of color creates a blank
canvas for ocean views. Whites reflect changing light throughout
the day, constantly transforming the overall mood of the room.
Whenever you want to open up a space, choose white. It lends a
bright and airy feel to even the coziest quarters.
8 of 8Jeff McNamara
Red, White, & Blue
A few accents go a long way in this classic color combination. A
painted floor, punchy upholstery, and a striped accent pillow are
just enough to play up nautical appeal or patriotic pizzazz without
overwhelming a space. When pairing reds and blues, choose shades
with comparable saturation to prevent one color from dominating the
scheme. Natural materials, such as wood and brick, soften the
intensity of the colors.