In a Martha’s Vineyard beach house, the hue of Nikko hydrangeas becomes a bold accent color.
The dining room of this spacious, open plan house shows how two approaches to home decor can be combined. First there is the type of all over wood-plank paneling often associated with the interiors of boats. Then there is the intense blue painted furniture with its cottage-on-steroids look. That same blue-violet palette was a favorite in the Hydrangea Colors Kitchen we featured here some time ago. Now, that kitchen serves as a prequel to the rest of the house.
This long view into the kitchen provides a general idea of the color scheme there. Custom blue-violet Italian quartz counters are combined with a variegated purple tile backsplash. In case no one gets it there’s a big bouquet of blue hydrangeas on the kitchen photos to drive the inspiration home. For close ups and details consult the kitchen link (above).
But back to the dining room [top]. There, the wood look is also accented by blue caned armchairs in a color similar to Benjamin Moore’s Scandinavian Blue. On the floor, a blue-and-cream painted checkerboard rug is a vintage-home idea that seems almost playful in contrast to all the serious wood. Abundant natural light comes in through skylights, French doors and double-hung windows that can be thrown open to catch the ocean breezes.
A game table in a corner of the sitting room has blue-painted captains chairs. All the furniture may be newly customized, or simply repurposed with paint.
Another view of the sitting room shows the sliding barn doors that can be used to close it off as well as the sklyights overhead.
A small utility desk in a downstairs corner is enlivened by more blue painted furniture — another captain’s chair. These are not expensive pieces and the way they are colored shows how easy it is to transform them into statement pieces.
Upstairs there’s another built in work space in another wood-paneled room. The reddish undertone in the wood seems to dramatize the blue paint. An equally saturated green-painted chair would look more neutral to me.
Out on the screen porch a wicker settee is upholstered in the same blue and violet palette as the rest of the house. Fortunately, it doesn’t clash with the sky or the ocean as this is a heavenly place to enjoy the ocean views on a summer’s day.
(Source: Hutker Architects)
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