Inspired by Neptune's treasures, seaside style can bring the ocean floor to your home.

By Lacey N. Howard and Cathy Still
April 06, 2004

Beneath the sea's cool blue surface resides a world of boldcolor. Warm reds, deep oranges, and rich browns paint thesculptural forms of shells, coral, and sea creatures with artisticstrokes. On land, these shades evolve into a cosmopolitan livingroom.

Neutral walls and upholstery serve as a canvas for bright,shell-motif fabrics. Furniture lines and textures mimic waves,dunes, and grasses while glass lamps echo the luminous translucenceof jellyfish. Throughout, delicate shells act as accents, keepingthis ocean-inspired room true to underwater form.

Choose reef hues. Build on abasic beige palette by picking a few favorite shells tinted in arange of tones, from vivid to subtle. Use these colors to guidefabric and accessory selections.
• Drapes and pillow in coral Corallo and pillows inblack and white La Gloire de la Mer, all by Grey Watkins, availableto the trade only, 212/755-6700. Solid pillows from Pier 1 imports,

Bring in texture. Anatural-fiber chair and a woven seagrass rug create a neutral, butvisually interesting, backdrop. Cool-to-the-touch, stone-toppedtables host groupings of nubby shells and sea stars. Handblownglass lamps feature gold-hued air bubbles.
• Chair by Henry Link Trading Co. for Lexington HomeBrands, Venetian glasslamps by Barbara Barry for Baker,

Make waves. Add movement withshapely silhouettes. The intricate scrolls of the console's baseand the leather sofa's rolling back bring to mind the rise and fallof gentle waves.
• Sofa by Century, console by The Sherrill Collection, available to the tradeonly, 954/923-9985.

Start at the bottom―ofthe sea, that is. An exquisite shell mirror is crowned with coral.A cocktail table stands on seahorse-shaped legs, and a stack ofstorage chests suggests sunken treasure.
• Shell mirror from Hamilton Furniture, available tothe trade only, 561/832-5855. Seahorse table from the Palm Beach byMimi & Brooke Collection for Laneventure, Small chestfrom Pier 1 imports,

Most products featured are available through your architect ordesigner from Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach,Florida. For those not working with a professional, DCOTA's"Designer on Call" service offers a two-hour shopping experience,tour, or design consultation with one of its area designers. Call800/573-2682 or visit fordetails.

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