Designer Spotlight: Tracey Rapisardi
This Maine designer customizes coastal homes up and down the Eastern seaboard with her blend of furniture styles and signature color palettes.
“My style is clean lines and beachy pastels, a mishmash of new and old furniture unified by color and fabric,” Tracey says. In this compact kitchen, white walls make it feel more spacious, while painted furnishings and floral fabrics create a warm atmosphere. Colorful accessories brighten space.
Comfort and Color
“I start with my client’s favorite color and my Benjamin Moore paint deck. Then I add to it, using a minimum of five colors in every house,” Tracey says. A consistent color palette ties mismatched patterns together in this bedroom, and layered floral fabrics, quilts, and chenille blankets lend comfort.
Rapisardi used white beaded board to incorporate texture and add character to this all-white space. “I always use the same white on the walls and trim,” Tracey says. “My favorites are Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White  and White Swan .” For color, she used pink and periwinkle slipcovers on furniture to create a clean playful look.
Mixing thick stripes with floral pillows gives a whimsical twist to this daybed, adding energy to this otherwise simple sunroom.
Different patterns in fresh coastal colors can brighten up a room. Tracey uses contrasting hues on upholstery to create an open, inviting look that will endure every season.
Painting the walls a cool color, like these sea-foam green walls in a dining room, creates a casual atmosphere that invites guests to linger.
In this seaside cottage, Tracey experimented with a mix of vibrant and muted colors on fabrics and furniture for a look that’s both polished and unpretentious. “I never do the same thing twice, whether it’s color or fabric combinations,” she says.
White walls and large plate-glass windows overlooking the coast let the view take center stage. The sounds of ocean waves and the cool, calming palette promote the deepest sleep.
Pretty in Pink
Feminine pastels freshen up this old Maine cottage. Using light pinks, blues, and greens, Tracey created a fun and girly atmosphere in the kitchen for a mother and her three daughters.
Adding thick sea-foam green vertical stripes to white beaded-board walls livens up this simple, open kitchen. A mix of vintage elements keeps the look interesting. “If everything you use is new, the look gets flat,” Tracey says.
Tracey added a faux-weathered beach sign on the wall and hung a chandelier filled with beach treasures to maintain the natural feel of this dining room.
Mixing coastal hues with modern designs, Tracey created an oasis in this master bedroom with the cane headboard and distressed furniture.
A glassed-in shower allows natural light to flow into this master bath through a small window, and soothing neutrals give it a spa-like feel.
Tracy opens up this small living space by drawing from the dominant hues outside for a classic nautical look. She kept the floors neutral to show off fabrics, opting for a simple sisal rug trimmed with khaki-colored binding.
Making It Work
She maintained the boat-like theme in the kitchen with elements such as mahogany countertops and brushed-nickel hardware. “In small spaces, allow the space to read as a whole, keeping a common thread throughout,” she says.
Meet the Designer
“You don’t want style that appears textbook,” Tracey says. “You always want some older accessories in the mix.”
To bring Tracey Rapisardi’s seafaring style into your home, contact her firm, Sea Rose, at 207/799-3508 or searosedesigns.com.