Cool and neutral colors
Jean Allsopp

Why We Love It

The colors in this Coastal Living living room are cool and neutral, but not boring. Lots of texture and interesting shapes give the room depth.

Use low and comfortable furniture
Jean Allsopp

What Makes It Work

Welcoming furniture, all low and comfortable, invites the sort of lounging that seems to happen only at coastal getaways. A collection of hat forms fills the bookshelves (that can look empty in a second home) and lends the room character.

Use a long bench
Jean Allsopp

Steal This Idea

Plant a long bench in front of the fireplace for extra seating -- it won’t obscure the hypnotic view of the fire. –Lydia Somerville, Senior Homes Editor,

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