Layer neutrals and rich browns in a living area. This subtle and stylish palette has an added bonus: It masks dirt tracked across the floor. Throw in natural furnishings and accessories for a cohesive look that’s easy to maintain.
Offset coquina or limestone floors with natural wood ceilings. The planks will absorb noise in the room.
A suspended bed makes a dramatic statement in the uncluttered space.
Add depth to a monochromatic scheme with weathered patinas and nubby fabrics. Dainty details such as lace and fringe appear feminine without looking frilly when done in beige.
Use wood to soften the lines of a modern kitchen. Warm wood tones balance the industrial appearance of limestone counters and stainless appliances without detracting from their contemporary appeal.
To create elegant beachside interiors, opt for woven and wood furniture with modern lines. The texture of the chairs compensates for the lack of pattern in the room.
Use linen and burlap -- their versatility makes them suitable for everything from tablecloths and Roman shades to bedding and upholstery.
"I love to pair the colors found in dunes and seashells with classic, slipcovered furniture and a large sisal rug. It’s cozy and comfortable but lacks nothing in style."
-- Sarah Johnson, market editor, Coastal Living
Compensate for the lack of color in a natural palette with texture. Exterior shingles add an element of surprise when brought indoors, giving a room dimension and visual interest. Too much texture can overwhelm a small space, so this works best in a large, open area.
Let nature shine in outdoor rooms. Neutral schemes for porches and courtyards set off the landscape without distracting from it.
Lend a sense of history to newer homes with salvaged or reclaimed wood. It’s environmentally friendly and provides a welcome contrast to newer building components.