A newly designed beach house in Seabrook, near Seattle, Washington. Spread over three levels, there is an open-plan ‘great room’ on the first floor, incorporating an entrance hall, fireside living room, games area, dining area and kitchen, as well as a utility room, pantry and cloakroom. On the second floor, there are three bedroom suites, a WC and a sitting room, while three further guest bedrooms (two en suite) and another games room are on the ground floor. Clean-lined architecture delineates the different levels of the house, which opens to the outside at every opportunity. This courtyard is a morning suntrap.
White is a great backdrop for any colour, but none more so than a bright, bold hue like the yellow used in this hallway. The shot of colour lets guests know that this is a house of fun and vibrancy. The peg rail and bench add a locker room touch to a practical storage space for hanging coats, bags and stowing away shoes.
Simple and chic, the use of white against darker wood makes a standout feature of the hallway staircase. Here, a chair made from colourful wire is definitely a show stopper. The oversized pendant light shade overhead helps to showcase the chair below. Keeping the room uncluttered adds to the sense of space.
Corallo by Fernando and Humberto Campana for Edra
Punchy purple walls add warmth in the cloakroom, while a mini crystal chandelier and an ornate mirror introduce opulent touches to this quirky and colourful cloakroom. The use of wood on the washstand and window creates a rustic counterpoint to the more glamorous fixtures in the room.
The citrus walls in the dining room are the brightest, boldest shade in the house. But rather than being overpowering, the look is refreshing and contemporary. Who would have thought grey and yellow would be such an exciting colour combination? The simplicity of the Roman blinds, which were chosen over curtains, allows the view to take centre stage, while a quirky light fitting helps emphasise the dining table and chairs below.
The vintage Brunswick pool table was restored by a Pennsylvanian couple, who drove it to the owners to ensure its safe arrival. This area is about bringing people together and making connections. Pink curtains give this room a sense of fun and vibrancy when teamed with the neon green walls, while a goose feather pendant really sets the scene.
Similar pool table
Brown’s Antiques Billiards and Interiors
Heike Buchfelder for Pluma Cubic at Architonic
Simple shelving, painted white, provides a neutral backdrop in the kitchen that keep the focus on table and glassware. The owners wanted the mood to be simple, stylish and very functional – but without being a cold, stainless-steel space. This is where the family gather for the first coffee of the day right through until dinner – there’s plenty of character going on.
Mixing graphic patterns – ikat, stripes and tribal prints – creates an opulent, but informal mood in the living room. The unusual ceiling lines and different floor levels are emphasised by the broad vertical stripes of the wallpaper and the wood flooring.
Vibrant brights are the ideal palette for a sunny bedroom with sea views. Liven up your space with a multicoloured striped wallpaper print like this one and team with a trellis design upholstered headboard. The colour of the fabric tones with a single shade from the wall stripes, giving the room a cohesive feel. We love the almost-there bedside table.
This ensuite shower room has a vintage New York feel, thanks to the brick tiles and factory-style stool. The double shower enclosure fills the whole width of the room and the all-white scheme keeps the look practical and easy to clean. A built-in vanity unit provides ample storage for guests.
The bedroom zings with punchy colour combinations and eyecatching motifs. The central position of the bed, between two doors, gives the space a natural symmetry. The beautiful wallpaper makes a feature not only of the wall, but of the bed positioned against it, while the upholstery demonstrates a careful balance of pattern and scale. The oversized light fitting adds the finishing touch – in a colour not used anywhere else in the room.