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Décor Inspiration: The Colours of the Sea

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Décor Inspiration | Colours of the Sea

From the cobalt waters that surround the Greek island of Santorini to the palest turquoise waves breaking on the pink sand beaches of the Bahamas, the colours of the sea are always mesmeric and ever changing.

As a designer I look for inspiration all around me and the colours of nature—and particularly the sea—never disappoint. The late designer David Collins referred to this beautifully when he said: “I often talk about being inspired by the colours of the sea…I find in the sea’s waters everything from inky blue-black hues to misty lavender-greys and pelagic teal greens.”

So taking this idea of being inspired by nature, I’ve paired images of the sea in its many guises with interiors that echo each image. From the elegant navy walls of JK Place in Capri to Miles Redd’s design for a gentle aqua hallway in a Bahamian hideaway, you will see just how many tones and moods you can draw from this watery inspiration, and perhaps dream up a redecoration project based on your favourite part of the world . . .    Louise

 


Miles Redd’s design for a holiday home in the Bahamas via Architectural Digest | Image of the sea via Sweet Home

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Louise Keane, Contributor This Is Glamorous
Interiors Editor, Edinburgh

Louise Keane grew up beside the sea in Dublin, inspiring a life-long love of the coast. She studied French and History of Art & Architecture in Trinity College in Dublin before moving to London to work first in publishing and then in Marketing & PR. After a move to Edinburgh, she decided to heed a creative urge which had been tugging at her sleeve for a number of years, and she retrained as an interior designer. While studying interior design, Louise discovered a love of pen and ink with watercolour illustration, which she now does alongside her interior design work. Louise runs her interior design company, Amalfi White Living, which offers her clients a fresh, elegant style, mixing vintage and modern pieces for a luxurious yet relaxed look. She dreams of renovating a white house by the sea.


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  • This is brilliant. I love the pairings. I’m saving it for future reference. If one day we switch from creams to bright white with that Santorini blue.

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