The tray ceiling is painted the focal color and is offset by soft gold walls and antique white trim. Schumacher silk plaid draperies and the custom-designed bedding repeat the hues in contrasting patterns for extra textural interest.
If you're looking for a spa-like feeling, try muted greens with more gray undertones than white. This color is fresh, understated and really evokes a feeling of cleanliness. Skip popular kid tones like pink and blue, and instead try shades of aloe which work well in spaces for boys and girls alike.
This coastal cottage bathroom brings the beach indoors with a soothing blue and cream color palette. Painted white cabinets are glazed for a vintage look and then topped with blue-green countertops. A mix of tiles, from the matte shellstone floors to the blue glass and sea pebble mosaics, bring beautiful texture to the space.
To create a visual distinction between the living room and the dining room despite the open concept floor plan of the home, designers painted the living room a sandy neutral color and the dining room a lovely blue that is the reflection of the color of the ocean. Both colors reflect the beauty of the sea.
Bring the natural beauty of the coast inside by incorporating beach-inspired elements, like this driftwood-toned wooden table and sea-colored glassware. The seascape painting above the mantel reminds you that the water is never far away.
The homeowners wanted a spa feel in their master en suite, so designers used a Sea Salt paint color to contrast the Bianco Carrera tile. With two separate vanities, a large soaking tub and plenty of natural light, the colors and materials in this space combine to give the homeowners their own spa-like space.
To create a coastal cottage kitchen, exposed beams are painted white. The cabinets feature a distressed finish and are paired with speckled cream and brown countertops. The backsplash adds a subtle hint of sea-green color, while the dark wood island brings warmth to the space. A New England-inspired lantern hangs above the island.
For a seamless look, the closet doors are covered in the same beadboard which wraps the walls of the custom closets. When the doors are closed, each of the two closets take on the appearance of architectural focal points. The ultra-white coloring of the closets helps reflect light onto the bold-painted sea-foam walls, resulting in a diffused look which softens the intensity of wall color
Made with comfort and lightness in mind, this master bedroom has a combination of styles. The large seascape painting gives the illusion of a window to the sea, while the old wood beams give the room a ranch look and feel. A gray and yellow patterned comforter adds a small touch of color while keeping with the calm, neutral theme.
When decorator Nick Olsen moved into his 525-square-foot studio in New York City, the walls were painted white, in keeping with small-space convention. "But the place just looked gray and dingy," says Olsen. And so, rather than just slapping on a newer, brighter coat of white, he painted the apartment's main room Oregano Green (Benjamin Moore 2147-10), in an oil-based metal enamel, to resemble lacquer.
"Although the apartment is small," says Olsen, "it's actually rather grand with 12-foot ceilings, huge windows and a high-relief fireplace. So I felt it would be a shame to tone it down with a pale color or white." For even more impact, he painted the doors glossy black and the trim white, and added a deep teal velvet sofa. Olsen didn't shy away from bright color in the 35- (yes, 35!) square-foot kitchen either, wallpapering the fridge in a bright spring pattern and painting the walls and the ceiling Sea Mist Green (Benjamin Moore #2041-50). "To make color work in a really tiny room like this kitchen," Olsen suggests, "paint the walls and ceilings the same color so you're eye doesn't stop at the ceiling line."