After spending a week on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, I've seen enough turquoise, fuchsia, and chartreuse to last a lifetime. As an antidote to all that visual stimulation, I turned to masters of Bahamian style India Hicks and Tom Scheerer for a reminder that island interiors can be subtle, soothing, and restorative. Here are a few tips for adding cool Caribbean style to your home.
1. & 2. Rather than paint an entire room in bold, bright hues, Hicks and Scheerer use neutral palettes accented with jolts of color such as a chair upholstered in hot pink or an oversized glass vase in soothing cerulean.
3. & 4. Antique furniture painted in high-gloss white mixes easily with more humble materials like straw and sisal.
5. & 6. Both Hicks and Scheerer dress their beds in crisp, white linens. Scheerer added simple cotton curtains from IKEA to his iron canopy bed and chose provincial matellase coverlets for the guestroom. Woven-wicker baskets used as side tables and louvered shutters add to the shabby-chic feel.
6. & 7. An outdoor room is an essential element of island style. Hicks and Scheerer love bringing typical indoor furniture such as beds and dining tables out onto covered verandas.
Images: 1., 3., & 7. India Hicks, 2., 4., 5., 6., & 8. Tom Scheerer