A fun display of turtle shells decorates the off-white wall. Interior designer Tiffany Brooks customized the skirted bench ottoman under the art display to coordinate with the other colors and patterns in the bedroom.
This living room feels cool and serene, from the pale watery blue walls to the plush white sofa and capiz shell lighting. Glass and metal tables and metallic candle holders add to the cool color scheme.
Try a new twist on traditional holiday topiaries by covering cone-shaped foam forms with found or purchased shells (check your local craft store) in assorted colors and sizes. Attach them with hot glue, starting at the bottom and working your way up.
Frosted glass micro-block tile in a tortoise shell-inspired shade served as a springboard for the design of the 2012 HGTV Green Home guest bathroom. A red tray efficiently organizes necessities and adds a vibrant hit of color.
A soothing color palette combines with plush furnishings for a relaxing, sophisticated master bedroom. The soft gray tufted headboard is dressed in crisp white bedding and metallic throw pillows. A capiz shell chandelier brings an elegant touch to the space.
A crisp color palette of white, green and brown lends a calming tone to this seating area. The room gets a subtle coastal feel from the illustrations of sea life on the wall and the conch shell displayed on the side table.
A soft blue and white color palette lends a dreamy, relaxing feel to this living room, enhanced by the metallic coffee table, which reflects the soothing hues. A white orchid plant accents one corner of the room, while a capiz shell chandelier adds a touch of sheen the other.
Textured wallpaper and a wood beam bed frame create a beautifully beachy mix of texture to set the stage for this coastal inspired room. Seashell art perfectly suits the style and compliments the shell-like table lamp bases. An upholstered stool table and plush pillows add soft color and pattern to decorate the space.
A sofa draped in white blankets matches the bright white look of the walls and ceiling in this small and stylish living room. The black floor is a lovely, bold contrast. A striped runner follows the flow of the floor and aims toward a leaning ladder adorned with textiles. A gorgeous shell chandelier adds a unique detail, while plants add vibrant, natural color.
Instead of a fancy piece of art, enlarge a photo you've taken outside or in a favorite spot and frame it, says Leigh Spicher, Ashton Woods' national director of design studios. You can add color to the mantle, like in this Dallas home, without using accessories. Also, arrange shells or other natural elements that you saved because of their beauty (and free price tag) in a frame or shadowbox, as another layer of art for your mantel.
An outdoor display does not have to be complicated. My go-to trick for table decor is selecting my favorite plates and placing party essentials on them instead of floral arrangements. I love using items such as oyster shuckers, wine openers, and oyster shells to make a unique display with minimal effort. When selecting plates, be sure to find patterns and colors that compliment each other. This type of tablescape is perfect if you have a small table or porch area, so your party essentials also serve as table arrangements.
Brown mosaic tile serves as a springboard for this bathroom's casual-chic design sensibility, while twin mirrors visually widen the space. The guest bathroom, from the 2012 HGTV Green Home, has beautifully finished wood cabinets and floors to warm up the room and red accents add a bright pop of color against white walls. The signature tile is a frosted glass micro-block in a tortoise shell-inspired shade. The upper-floor space also features interior windows opening to the adjacent tairwell.
Create interest and texture with a collection of everyday and vintage bathroom items. This Victorian Gothic wall cabinet is filled with vintage cosmetic jars, ivory grooming implements, shells, sponges, towels and soaps. “If you have glass-fronted shelves, use it as an opportunity not just for storage but for display of interesting objects,” says Susan Sully, author of the book “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques” in which this home was featured. Sully also recommends painting the back of a cabinet a dark color to make light objects really stand out.