A Cottage Living Room That Will Wake Up Your World

March 4, 2015 | By | Comments (0)

By homes editor Ellen McGauley

All of our editors look forward to the March issue. Every year, we use this early-spring issue to focus on brilliant uses of color, fresh approaches to lighting up our nests. Orange walls and pink pillows? Yes. Riots of pattern? Double yes!

This year, some of our hottest hues came from a south Florida guest cottage designed by Keithley Miller of Kemble Interiors.


Guest cottage by Kemble Interiors in Coastal Living; Jupiter, Florida

Photo by Carmel Brantley

For all you color junkies out there, rooms like this one can serve as a great starting point for replication. Think of it this way: any well-designed space you come across contains numerous lessons on balance, contrast, scale, and pattern. Use them! For instance, the orange walls are vivid and tropical, but the exposed rafters and pecky cypress ceiling treatment offer an important balancing element. Often, it’s these yin-and-yang pairings that make a palette work. Note that the artwork complements the orange without exactly matching it. And the striped orange rug is muted, adding a design element without overwhelming the room.

I love rooms that double as fresh design lessons. Tour the rest of the cottage in our March issue, on newsstands now!


March 2015 cover, Coastal Living

Photo by Tria Giovan


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