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An art-inspired palette with juicy pops of color gives this vintage cottage a punchy beach style.
Bright white paint, blue-gray shutters, and a breezy wraparound front porch give this coastal cottage a vintage beach style. But look a bit closer and you'll notice the home's tangy twist on tradition; the punch delivers the moment you knock on the tangerine door and experience its interior's fresh-squeezed color scheme.
With four kids and two dogs, this family cottage sees a lot of hustle and bustle -- and its color palette is just as lively. An abstract painting above the mantel was the inspiration for the interior color scheme. Punctuated with colors that resonate with the outdoors, the painting's tropical blues and greens turn up throughout the home -- on a vintage coffee table, glass bottles, fishing floats, and even a bedroom ceiling.
With soft textures, washable slipcovers, and seagrass carpets, the living room has a fresh-and-easy feel that invites the whole family to pile in for a movie or spread out with a jigsaw puzzle. The home doesn't have a bonus room or basement, so every space is meant to be lived in and comfortable.
With its timeworn turquoise paint, a vintage farm table (used as a coffee table) fits right in with this home's relaxed attitude. The color also happens to perfectly match the beloved family painting that hangs above the fireplace. A bright vase brings a touch of the tropical green from the painting to the coffee table and creates a place to display fresh flowers.
Beyond the dining room, a stylish built-in bench offers a spot to relax in the hallway. The unexpected nook is a comfortable place to read or catch up on the day's events. Graphic-pattern pillows create a common tie between several warm hues; the space blends red tones from the dining area with the living room's orange accents for a warm, zesty look.
Even in the smallest details, tropical blues and greens are played up throughout the home. Here, a collection of glass bottles creates an elegant assembly on a vintage wooden table. A mirror hung behind the display reflects light and multiplies the bottles' sparkle.
Wrapped in an uplifting tropical palette, bold bursts of vivid color form one energetic eating area. The extroverted hues are tamed with warm woods and calm neutrals. Cushions and pillows sewn from recycled coffee bags beckon guests to pile onto the banquette, and barely-there acrylic chairs balance the heavy wood table.
Facing west, the screen porch is the family's favorite spot to watch sunsets and catch the evening breeze. A high ceiling gives the space an airy feel, while its almost-enclosed walls extend its use into cooler months of the year. A vintage German biergarten table and benches wear their original orange paint and fold for easy storage.