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Sea Green or Sky Blue?

The Cunningham family bought their home in West Palm Beach, Fla., in Nov. 2020, but sold it a few months later after they renovated it when they saw how much the value had appreciated. Spring break is right around the corner, but feels so very far away.  Because of the pandemic, flitting off to the Bahamas isn’t as easy this year. And good luck getting your hands on a house in the Hamptons.  Search homes for sale in Flying Horse, Colorado Springs, CO  here:  http://www.rehava.com

But just because you can’t feel the sand between your toes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beach. Homeowners are creating calm, relaxing environments by bringing the beach to them.

A custom beach home by Marnie Oursler, featuring shiplap walls and an abstract painting that pulls in colors of the sea and sky.

Susana Simonpietri, founder and creative director of interior design firm Chango & Co., works with many clients in the Hamptons, Connecticut and New Jersey who want a breezy, coastal style.

It’s an aesthetic that works just as well in a waterfront home as it does in a city loft, says Mrs. Simonpietri. “We’ve had clients say to us, ‘I don’t love living in the city, but I have to. How can I have a space that transports me and feels more like a vacation?’”

Bring the Beach to You

Start with a neutral color palette and accent it with blues and warm tans. Then layer on timeless materials that call to mind surf-smoothed driftwood or feathery seagrass for texture and character.

“Think sand, sky, and ocean,” says Marnie Oursler, a luxury home builder and designer in Delaware. “Look to the elements of the beach that are always constant and bring the outside in.”

Use wood in contrasting finishes — like exposed beams paired with whitewashed shiplap — over polished metals or glossy marble. Choose furniture with soft lines and natural materials like jute, sisal, and rattan that lend a tropical vibe.

For upholstery, opt for linen slipcovers to make your sofa feel like a sun-softened beach shirt.

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