Let your home’s architecture speak for itself. Exposed-board walls and rafters play up this family room’s original charm and unique characteristics. But you can achieve the look in new construction, as well. Consider installing beaded board or wooden planks in lieu of drywall. The quirks and imperfections of natural wood lend texture and interest, even if applied to only one wall or ceiling.
Updated with a fresh coat of paint, salvaged attic vents serve as unexpected art when suspended from the rafters.
Infuse a Nautical Spirit
Every surface in golfer Gred Norman’s Hobe Sound, Florida, beach house, from the floors to the shiplap-paneled walls, is painted white. All that white makes the ocean, which is visible from three sides of the open living space, look even bluer. Navy elements amplify the watery shades and add depth to the airy scheme. “I love blue and white, especially at the beach,” says the home’s designer—and Greg’s wife—Kristen. “It’s fresh and crisp.” Plus, the colors are an ideal complement to the many nautical details throughout the house, which were implemented to reflect the seaside setting and Greg’s passion for boating and yacht design.
To make a room feel taller, hang curtains above the windows. The nautical white-and-navy striped curtains in this living room also draw the eye toward the beautiful beach view beyond.
Tie it Together
Let the true character of your home shine through, whether it’s a modern escape or rustic retreat. The bones of this nautical Cape Cod cottage are revealed in its exposed white-washed walls and simple brick fireplace. Sea-worthy elements like a telescope and sea grass accents root the space in its ocean-going heritage.
Make mixed seating look cohesive by incorporating colors among your pieces. Here, alternate piping was used on the glider and sofa, and the wicker accent chair’s blue hue picks up the theme as well.