Take a room-by-room tour of this Lowcountry beach house for some of our favorite decorating and design ideas.
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Mix with Care
Blending light and dark woods is a great look for a beach house,
but in smaller rooms such as an entryway, keep the darker-tone
features to a minimum to prevent the space from feeling cramped.
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Make an architectural element the main attraction. A wood and brick
fireplace, surrounded by cyprus walls, stars in this space because
it's paired with simple accents. Understated pieces such as vases
of sea grass and ocean-theme art decorate the mantel but don't
outshine everything else.
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Bare It All
Natural light makes any space feel clean and spacious, so keep
window treatments to a minimum. Or, even better, use none at all.
For interiors that are simple but chic, pair more-formal pieces,
such as floral chairs, with more-casual items such as white
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Calm with Colors
Decorate in soft shades of blue and green to transform any room
into a soothing sanctuary―just the thing you'll need after a
long day in the bright sunshine.
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When working with an open floor plan, opt for matching walls and
flooring to keep each "room" unified. Don't worry about the spaces
blending together―their distinct function (kitchen, dining,
and living) will set them apart. Because vaulted ceilings with open
beams draw the eye upward, hang your best artwork above eye level.
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Punch It Up
Mix floral and striped patterns for a sweet yet spunky effect. The
key to making this look work is choosing fabrics that are similar
in scale and share one color in varying shades (pink tones here).