"beach house." Light and breezy, with a palette drawn from sand and shells as much as sea and sky, it whispers "summer" all year round.
Why it works: Coastal style is at its best when it sets a mood rather than hitting people over the head with its beachiness (oars! fish! life preservers!). Although
Style Secret: Abundant Light
Light may be the single most important, yet most overlooked, element of coastal style. Think about it: When is the last time you entered a beach house that felt dim and cramped (and if you did, how fast did you want to scoot
beach house that felt dim and cramped (and if you did, how fast did you want to scoot out of there?). That's one reason white is the hallmark color of coastal interiors: It spreads and amplifies light rather than soaking it up.
Coastal interiors blur the line between indoors and out or remove it altogether