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While many of Butera's rooms are calm and light, he's not averse to having kitschy fun, whether with a nautical theme or over-the-top Americana motifs. "A pair of captain's wheels keeps the nautical ball bouncing in this room," writes Butera.
As for textures, he advocates using the practical fabrics and textures that go with sand and sunscreen: painted pine, jute, sisal, canvas and linens.
A typical Butera color palette is taken straight from the water, sand, sky and sea glass. He also loves unique mixes, like woven chairs with quatrefoil-patterned upholstery. The result is a serene and welcoming room.
I asked Butera the three easiest things we can do to get an instant coastal feel at home, even if we live in the middle of a field in Iowa.
"I love doing coastal for clients who crave the look but live in urban or rural areas," says Butera. "The translation does not have to be 'hit you over the head,' but by using soft, washy, beachy colors of paint like Ralph Lauren’s Shoreline Blue, Faded Seafoam and Whisper (with all high-gloss white painted trims) you get a real, clean beach-glass feel. Add in textured sea grass wallpapers and accessorize with mother-of-pearl and shell accents and you have the look. Lots of oversized silver hurricanes are great as accents as well."
Butera's penchant for British colonial style shows through in this room, which brings some Indian Ocean influence and the texture of an exotic Indonesian cane bed to its elegant surroundings. Glass table lamps with linen shades are a coastal classic no matter which ocean you're gazing upon.
This bedroom is a sanctuary done in Serene Beach style, full of relaxing prints, colors and textiles, and having coastal pines and sea breezes just through balcony doors.