Decorating With Seaside Colours

Choosing paint and accessories for a relaxed look by the water.

Q. I have a seaside cabin on a British Columbia island. I need help choosing wall colours. I have a multicoloured rug in blue and red, but I really like yellows and blues. I would love to incorporate some canvas slipcovers. Any advice?

A. Sea-toned colours, like Benjamin Moore’s Icy Morn (457) and White Rain (708) are lovely shades of sea foam green and surf, and could provide a complementary look paired with the reddish tones of the pine and beamed ceiling. The neutral tones will provide a lovely backdrop for blue and white ticking slipcovers.

Natural cotton or very pale yellow drapes or roman blinds, instead of your mauve curtains, would provide an instant window makeover and brighten up the room. The neutral colour of the blinds can work with either blue/green walls or off-white walls, and they won’t distract from (or compete with) the beautiful colours in your Persian carpet.

To keep your space even more neutral, paint your walls a creamy pale yellow, such as Benjamin Moore’s Light as a Feather (934), to contrast with the wooden beams. Try natural off-white cotton slipcovers and accessorize with blue and yellow cushions and throws and you’ll have your favourite colours and the slipcovers you wanted to incorporate.