1. Add pops of color
Swap in graphic paintings, fresh flowers or vibrant dishes for the fastest possible makeover. If you’re ever stuck, lighten your lights and darken your darks to create contrast.
2. Amp up the bar
Fresh and fruity summer cocktails deserve a dedicated station. Whip up a mojito or mai tai at a well-stocked table. Every island house needs a fantastic, spilling-over bar.
3. Bring furniture outdoors
4. Try the Bohemian look
Vibrant colors, a mix of patterns and flowers everywhere — real, painted and printed — make the living room cheerful, bright and playful.
5. Hang flowy curtains
Gauzy panels by the pool add privacy, shield the sun and keep mosquitoes at bay.
6. Make the trim matter
Fresh cushions or pillows can change up an entire room, especially if you consider the details. There’s a nautical feeling to things like the trim on the curtains and the piping on the upholstery.
7. Frame your florals
Impress guests by hanging your garden, like a chandelier of potted plants in an outdoor dining room. Plus, you’ll have extra tabletop space for place-settings and party food.
8. Add a canopy
Panels of pure white feel fresh, not heavy. Swathes of white eyelet make a grand statement in a Caribbean home’s guest bedroom.
9. Hang a mirror
This mirror makes the porch feel more like an actual room. An added benefit? At night it reflects the candlelight so beautifully.