Vacation Condo: how to make a coastal inspired palette work

Recently, a friend asked for a little guidance on decorating her new condo in Florida. Right now, it's an escape and a vacation investment, but some day, it will be her full-time digs. She felt the urge to keep things light and bright and reference it's coastal locale without getting too themey. She was concerned about using blues and tans together. The best way to achieve harmony when pairing any colors is to make sure that they share similar undertones.

While paint was already in progress, and her taste really great, I offered to put a concept board together to reassure her and show her how well the pairing could work. Sometimes having a visual is all you need to give you confidence in your design decisisons and preferences and can serve as a road map to set you on your way.

Here is the board I put together for inspiration:

I selected some pieces based upon her preferences and the style that I gleaned from her Pinterest boards. Some are pieces from retailers in the area where the condo is located, others from on-line retailers like Joss & Main. (For sources, please click on the caption above. All can be found on Olioboard.)

Tips to make this pairing work:

1. Choose a jumping off point to set your palette. In this case it was the striped rug.

2. Repetition. Repeat the dominant colors from the palette throughout the space for fluidity. Here, 
    most of the upholstery is white and accents are blue.

3. Layer other shades of your accent color. To take this soothing palette to the next level, you  
    could add pillows and accents in lighter, darker and brighter shades of blue. It adds interest and  
    depth but keeps things harmonious.

4. Add texture.  Here texture is layered by using baskets, accessories and finishes that resemble and       complement the palette. Adding texture keeps a space from looking too contrived and flat. It also       lends interest and warmth to the cool palette.

Since sending out the board, my friend shared that she CLEANED up at a local consignment store scoring fabulous pieces for bargain prices. I can't wait to see how her place evolves and captures the vision she has. If you'd like to get a peek at the Pinterest board I created for her, click here.

Do you need help bringing your ideas to life? If you'd like your own custom Design Concept board and Pinterest board for a space in your home, please contact me. I'd love to help.