A reinterpretation of beach decorating and plenty of color splashes in bold, trendy shades create a cottage that's both inviting and stylish.
From the outside, this house looks like many other traditional Colonial-style homes. But step into the entryway and you'll see colorful patterned pillows that hint at the home's fresh beach-cottage style.
Color goes farther when it's used in small pops against a neutral backdrop. With its beach-inspired color scheme -- featuring splashes of chartreuse, aqua, and pink -- this home is a perfect spot to relax and unwind. Vibrant artwork in the living room provides character and adds color to a neutral backdrop.
This home's tropical color scheme looks beachy but not theme-y. A Moroccan bench and a yellow-painted antique rocker contribute to a cozy and informal sitting area. A playful mix of patterned fabrics in vibrant colors prevents the more neutral furnishings from blending in with the light walls. And with such a wide variety of patterned fabrics, little artwork is needed to adorn the walls.
An eclectic mix of furniture and accessories reinforces the laid-back atmosphere of this home. The beachy wooden dining chairs, complete with plush seat cushions and bright pink accent pillows, make the formal dining table and chandelier look more casual. The large area rug adds a splash of pattern without looking too busy.
Large skylights in the family room's vaulted ceiling contribute to this home's cheery atmosphere. A bold aqua patterned rug grounds the space and serves as an anchor for the furniture arrangement. Dark wooden furniture contrasts with the neutral walls, furnishings, and fireplace surround. In a house with teens and pets, light-color upholstery might seem like a no-no, but this homeowner simply has them sprayed with fabric protector to keep the chairs and sofa looking like new.
In the breakfast dining area, the chairs carry the aqua hue from the adjacent family room, and their modern lines blend perfectly with a sleek glass tabletop. A drum shade hanging above the table is wrapped in patterned fabric that repeats in the kitchen's window treatments.
To add character to an almost entirely white kitchen, the homeowners chose to paint the inside of their kitchen cabinets chartreuse. The glass-pane doors on the upper cabinets put the snappy green color -- and favorite dishes and serving pieces -- on display. In another space-harmonizing move, the fabric used on the kitchen window treatments also wraps the drum shade in the breakfast nook.