Designer Marshall Watson created this serene summer house that's the essence of Scandinavian style. "The furniture is often painted white, or some other pale, chalky color," says Watson. "You rarely see dark wood, because the whole idea is to invite more light into a room." Click through for more summer decorating ideas.
For a dramatic stairway, upholster the walls in a graphic fabric.
The wainscoting and casework of this wooden staircase was stripped and finished with clear tung oil.
A set of Japanese "tansu" stairs add extra storage space.
The winding 16th-century staircase leads to the second floor guest room.
The Scandinavian staircase was totally rebuilt in a style adapted from other cottages in the area, with cutout railings — the typical country interpretation of more elaborate carved and turned balusters.
Cover the stairs with a dramatic faux fur runner.
The staircase becomes a graphic installation with patterned tiles.
The original staircase got a colorful update with Benjamin Moore's Brookside Moss and Safety Black.
Tony Duquette's Ghost Snail lamp adds a glow beneath the oak-and-bronze staircase.
Custom brass and black railings in the stairwell make traditional newel posts glamorous.
If you're lucky enough to have open floorspace under the stairs, reclaim it by creating a cozy nook.
Pair a slightly neon shade of blue with weathered wood, you can practically smell the invigorating sea air.
Use one good piece to anchor a room.
"It is a showcase of cool, contemporary design that completely defies the norms of a domestic interior environment," says Max Slaught, a rental agent at Domus Nova.
Stairway - Vintage license plates add pops of color to the staircase that leads to the loft area.
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Write on the walls. Design: Kim Dempster and Erin Martin. Photo: Alec Hemer. housebeautiful.com. #stairwell #beach_house #vintage #text #typography
Use a vintage pull-down map to hide the television. Designed by Erin Martin and Kim Dempster. housebeautiful.com #decorating_tips #tv #living_room_ideas
The walls are covered in Carleton V's Plantation and trimmed in Benjamin Moore's Mayonnaise. Sisal runner, Stark
rainbow-colored spiral staircase is one of the home’s focal points.