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Resort-Style Living: Learn the basics of resort-style interiors
May 29, 2017 | By Punky Dario

Resort Style Living


As a tropical country, resort-inspired style is right at home in our respective abodes. Relaxing as a summer day on the beach, clean lines and a neutral palette are the hallmarks of resort living, as are earthy tones and textures, wood, rafters, and indoor greenery. It is possible to bring resort style into your living space, with the following design tips:


Create a comforting foundation through a neutral palette. Warm beige, taupe, mahogany, walnut, stone—these colors need not be boring. On the other hand, they make for a comforting atmosphere. Use earthy neutrals on walls, ceilings, carpets, and curtains. These can be applied to any room in your home, from the bedroom to the living area.


Resort Style Living


Add pops of color like green and blue. Greenery is a must-have in any resort-style home. Bamboo is a popular choice but you can cop the same look through potted faux plants in varying heights. Blue is another option. Reminiscent of the sea, blue calms the senses and reinforces the coziness of resort interiors. 


Resort Style Living


Resort Style Living



Incorporate transitional style. You can definitely include transitional, modern pieces into a resort home: an L-shaped sofa in creamy white or soft beige, an all-wood bedframe in a modern silhouette, or an accent chair in a pale green or muted yellow.


Resort Style Living


Resort Style Living


Resort Style Living



Decorate with low-key pieces. Again, resort-style is all about simplicity and a relaxed vibe. Eschew printed throw pillows for solid cases in a classic white. If you want to experiment with color, try a deep crimson or green. Apply these same principles to decorative vases and lampshades with clean lines and soft colors. Finally, for the bathroom or powder room, look for wooden soap dispensers, cotton storage, and toothbrush holders that come in sets.


Resort Style Living


Resort Style Living


Resort Style Living



Don’t forget storage. Pick well-thought out pieces for storage. For the living room, choose a modern bookcase with mid-century lines coupled with resort-style wood finishes. In the bathroom, woven or bamboo laundry bins are the best choices.


Resort Style Living


Entertain resort-style. Serve hors d’oeuvres, entrees, and condiments in wooden servers to provide a fresh and organic look and feel. Pair with classic white dinnerware.


Resort Style Living


Resort Style Living


Create fresh interiors with the right palette and pieces for a relaxing getaway in your own home. 


Punky Dario-Villena loves playing with cats, whipping up home-cooked meals, and decorating the rental apartment she shares with her husband. She documents the joys of domestic life on her blog, Punky Plays House (https://punkyplayshouse.wordpress.com/). When she's not doing DIY artwork, Punky occupies herself with her work in advertising and real estate brokerage.

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