This year’s “Ultimate Beach House” fits perfectly into the beautiful coastal environment of Rosemary Beach, Florida and reflects the welcoming spirit of the local community. Everything from the design and décor to architectural details and colors are intended to be the ultimate inspiration for design professionals, visitors and neighbors. But what inspired the team that put it together?
Pratt & Lambert, the exclusive paint sponsor for the beach house, wanted to know. So we talked to the home’s designer, Erika Powell, about the thoughts and ideas that “colored” her choices throughout the home.
Erika, where do you find color inspiration?
Traveling. Art. Books. Jewelry.
What inspired you when designing the Ultimate Beach House?
I wanted the home to merge with the sea, sand and sky and yet stand out with a unique style. I worked with colors that would make it both striking and serene. And of course a beach house has to feel friendly, which color can do.
Can you give us a tour of the colors you used?
Coos Bay (19-31)
For the main doorway into the house, Coos Bay adds a punch of energy to set the clean and fun tone for the house.
This is a modern color that we used on most of the doors to accentuate the modern lines and contrast the light and airy palette throughout the house.
Seed Pearl (27-32)
This is the perfect white. It is not too warm and not too cool. Throughout the house, Venetian plaster walls in Seed Pearl create a peaceful ambiance and the sense of relaxation that a beach house should evoke.
Moss Lake (19-30)
The colors of the sea and always important to carry through a beach house. We used this blue-green in one of the bedrooms and one bath, because it adds some interest but is subtle enough not to overwhelm the color palette throughout the rest of the house.
Ever Classic (32-24)
This is a beautiful gray used in one of the guest bedrooms. The inspiration for this color was to create a calming, sophisticated room. The gray feels cheery in the daylight and serene at night.
This color is truly a chameleon, and perfect for a bedroom. Depending on the light, it changes from green to blue to gray. The bed is also painted this color, yet looks totally different. The room isn’t flooded with natural light, so this color creates a very ethereal feeling in a room, which originally was lacking.
Downy Gray (8-32)
We used this color in a secondary bath to play off the warm and cool tones of the tile and cabinets. It is a little more punctuated than white, but still subtle and not hugely noticeable.
This color was perfect for the Boy’s Bunkroom. It is dark and masculine; very durable and cozy.
Instead of doing the standard white ceiling in the Boy’s Bunkroom, we wanted to play off the bunk curtains and do something a little different. It was important that each of the kids’ spaces felt special, and adding color to the ceiling was a great way to help this room stand apart. Plus a gray ceiling works to subtly bring an outdoor/camping experience inside.
Hedgerow Mist (22-21)
In the Girl’s Bunkroom, we really wanted to create a campy, girly feel in the room, so we started with a fun wallpaper. Pratt and Lambert’s Hedgerow Mist is the perfect color to punctuate the playfulness of the room.
Sage Gray (14-27)
We used Sage Gray in the Laundry Room. It’s the perfect punch of color to energize this utilitarian space.
This pale grayish blue pulls the colors of the pool, located directly outside the Master Bedroom, into the Master Bath. The color plays well with the natural stone, but feels fresher and less monotone than a typical neutral.
Dawn Mist (32-25)
The main inspiration for this color was the beautiful tile running up the wall in the Powder Room. We pulled the gray out so the trellis pattern in the tile would really pop.
Classic Gray (33-31)
Again, we chose to use color on the Powder Room ceiling to set the space apart. This light gray helps the tile stand out and repeats the color of the oyster shell mirror.
Yucca Green (14-22)
Tucked away down the hall from the Gameroom is the Upstairs Powder Bath. We really wanted to make this space unique and special. This color is funky, but still fits in with the rest of the house.