DO channel some superfunky Florida condo style. Think of a cool, crazy old lady proudly bedecked in a colorful caftan, lots of chunky beads and vibrant eye shadow, like Mrs. Roper on Three's Company. Edit the look down and mix in a lot of light neutrals to diffuse the crazy. The result will make your room look like a pop art canvas.
DO embrace shades of denim. Your jeans are a lot more relaxing to wear than that navy interview suit, and the same is true for furniture. Add a few orange accessories, even if it's just some daylilies, and you've got a beachy look.
DON'T be too heavy handed with the orange part. It's a strong color, and a little goes a very long way. This designer incorporated a few well-placed throw pillows that are all the same Hermès shade, paired with varied shades of blue.
DO go more themey in a nursery. Ship wheels, nautical charts, sailboats and yachting flags are welcome. Chocolate brown, powder blue and a light medium orange are a soothing combination in this room.
DON'T be scared to go all out in a powder room. These tiny rooms are always good spots for making big style statements. Flaming red-orange mixes with a colorful map of islands, a porthole mirror and a marine light here.
DO use these colors in concert with a rich, natural texture palette. Sea grass, jute, cotton, driftwood and glass provide a strong base, and the orange and blue touches are the icing on the cake. The combination works very well with white and with shades of tan.
DO mix prints and patterns. In this case, a coral damask and a simple striped wool blanket are balanced and sophisticated.
DO add a seaside accessory here and there. A metallic coral object reminds us of the sea without going over the top.