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A beachy palette is one of the most neutral and versatile of all color schemes. Ocean blues and greens, sandy beiges, and pink and white shell colors are accessible and appropriate in any style home. Escape to the beach anytime with these seaside hues.
The gentle progression of color in ombre suggests the transition from wakefulness to slumber, especially in soothing shades of blue. The headboard slipcover and matching pillowcases are shrouded in sky-blue linen that's dyed a deeper, sea-inspired tone, embodying the spare beauty of a monochromatic palette.
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A collection of shells and rocks, displayed on an antique ship carpenter's trunk sets a sea-worthy scene.
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The interior courtyard of Bonnet House -- an oceanfront estate located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida -- reflects its surroundings perfectly.
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A Swedish daybed is upholstered in green velvet, revealing a love of watery colors.
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Bring the translucent waters of a tropical island into your living room. This curtain divider not only provides functionality to limited space, but is also serene and calming.
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A soft shade of shell pink is the decorative scheme in this bathroom with a few embroidered towels and some soaps to accent the space.
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This upstairs "dormitory" evokes childhood summer camp, with vintage schoolhouse lights, mosquito netting, and cast-iron beds. White dormers contrast with the original woodwork, which the homeowner oiled but left unpainted. Light-colored bedding in ocean blue and coral gives the room its relaxing air.
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A pair of clamshell pendants started out as table lamps, but wires were snaked through the bases and the pendants were hung upside-down. The paint in this living room was also customized, adding a water-based polyurethane top coat to get a mirrorlike finish that reflects the ocean.
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This guesthouse's common room -- painted in a soothing sand color --features a poster from a photography exhibit and a settee that was repainted.
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Among the easiest colors to add to a room, grayish blue greens akin to the seaside are layered here to create a calming effect in a home office. The warm gray wall color was also used on the sides and interiors of the open-back bookcases, giving them the feel of built-ins. A minty green on the case's front, applied with a short roller, adds crisp definition. The same paint was used on storage baskets stowed in the lower cubbies. Rounding out the palette, the desk is painted a misty, barely there grayish blue green.
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White shells and coral pieces stand out against a sunny yellow in this built-in cabinet.
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An orange paper lantern hung over this table gives a room the feeling of dining with a summer sunset, even well into the winter.