3 ways to bring beachside style to your home
Create your own coast-inspired haven with ideas from designers in Southern California, Hawaii, and the Marin Coastline
Molly Wood, owner of Molly Wood Garden Design (pictured) in Costa Mesa, CA, is inspired by Southern California's simple beach lifestyle.
To create her look:
- Infuse decor with natural materials, like gravel, shells, sea grass, driftwood, and beach glass.
- Contrast wild nature and clean, smooth architectural furniture against a crusty stone wall for richness.
- Mimic the ocean’s tranquillity by choosing a palette consisting of shades of one color.
- Use a restrained “palette” with landscaping by limiting plant varieties.
More on her ideas and accessories next.
Paint color: Deep Ocean (2058-30) by Benjamin Moore Paints
To create the look:
- Use furniture made with materials that add a beachy exotic flair—like rattan, bamboo, and porcelain.
- Bring in nature through art and fabrics.
- Enliven with color. Kaypee loves color: It turns a dull room into one that is energetic.
See his ideas and accessories next.
Lark Green (SW6745) by Sherwin-Williams
Christopher Downs, owner of Christopher Home (pictured) in Tiburon, CA, creates a boathouse chic theme inspired by Northern California culture. Create the look:
- Hang buoys, yacht pennants, and old lighthouse lanterns to telegraph nautical charm.
- Choose rough-hewn materials, like jute for a rug. And use bits of sailcloth or canvas for throw pillows or upholstery.
- Give walls a slick of bright white paint, which “instantly brings a light, summery feeling to any interior.”
- Limit your palette to three or four colors—a neutral base with graphic hues “like navy or red, to make things pop.”
- INFO Items from Christopher Home (415/435-0111), unless otherwise noted.
Big Sur Blue (IB93) by Ralph Lauren Paint