10 Island-Inspired Living Rooms
Classic Meets Cozy
The blue and white palette of this Bermuda sitting room is both formal and approachable, and gets a surprise shot of seafoam via a painted coffee table. Designer Meg Braff anchors the space with vintage nautical artwork, powder blue walls, and British-inspired club chairs with sit-and-stay appeal.
This Bahamian family room has a fun, throw-back edge thanks to vintage furnishings, pretty palms, and second-hand marine-life prints—a style the homeowner calls “retro island glam."
A vibrant blue Madeline Weinrib rug brings cool island color to this funky Bahamas hideaway, particularly when paired with neutral grass cloth walls and vintage rattan furniture. The porthole-shaped mirrors were crafted by a West Palm Beach artisan from fragments of midcentury chairs.
Relaxed and Textured
Accent tables (crafted from a tree that fell during Hurricane Wilma) nest nicely among layered jute and hide rugs in this Key West living room. “When you’re working with white walls and furniture, mixing materials gives depth to a room,” says designer Johnathon Hoenscheidt.
This historic British Colonial estate in Jamaica stays true to its classic Caribbean charms and famed Hollywood past (Oscar Hammerstein lived here) by outfitting original furnishings with easy facelifts like tailored slipcovers and fresh coats of white paint on tattered rattan chairs.
Mixing Caribbean style with Southern comforts, the homeowners of this St. Kitts cottage (who relocated from South Carolina) incorporated classic pieces and sentimental collectables into this light-filled living room.
Simple and Refined
With so much color from St. Barts pouring through the windows, this minimalistic refuge doesn’t compete with the view and focuses on eye-catching pieces, like antique Chinese cabinets topped with groupings of vintage birdcages (that work double duty to hide stereo speakers).