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Take inspiration from the colors of the ocean. Nothing soothes the senses like a room decked out in colors of the sea. The enveloping aqua blue of decorator Tom Scheerer's attic bedroom in the Bahamas gives the space an enchanting underwater vibe. He completes the look with furniture in organic materials and a white-draped bed.
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Keep it simple. Natural materials and neutral colors are the basic building blocks for a home that is as light and airy as a seaside retreat. Candles, shells and a ceiling fan all add to the ambience of this relaxed dining room.
Tip: Take advantage of abundant natural lighting. The mirrors and limestone walls give this room a lovely glow.
Create a contemporary sea captain's cottage. There's a lot of fun to be had with a maritime theme, especially if you're partial to antiques. In their charming 18th-century home in the Hamptons, New York, antiques experts Chris Mead and Zoe Hoare decked their cozy cottage with decor befitting an old sea captain's cabin. The couple paid homage to the heritage of their house by stripping it back to its bare components and whitewashing the walls, but they also made concessions to comfort, such as removing part of the living room ceiling to allow light from the existing skylights through.
Tip: In a small room, separate components into blocks. In this living room, the sofa set takes center stage in hues of white and blue. The antiques, meanwhile, are grouped in clusters around the periphery of the room.
Go wild with color. Vacation homes are where you can let loose, so why not let your creative juices run wild? Not surprisingly for a designer known for his exuberant and irreverent designs, Jonathan Adler's Palm Beach, Florida, home is a riot of color and energy. Each section of his apartment focuses on one color. Here, orange sofas anchor a collage of graphics and patterns in citrus colors. Teardrop shapes — a reference to the ocean visible through the windows — tie the space together.