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Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday Color: Sand

After spending a few hours on the beach this weekend with my little boy, running around in bare feet on the soft sand (finally!), I could turn to no other hue for my Monday Color post than the warm neutral shade of our Atlantic coast sand. Perhaps my interior version is a little more saturated than the whiter sand that lines our beaches, but this basic beige is what comes to most peoples' minds when I utter the color "sand." It's a perfect neutral with so many occurrences in our natural world (ie: jute, wood, bamboo, etc), as evidenced in the images below, which is part of why it's such a feel-good decorating color.

Images above:

1. Sandy serenity with warm terra cotta accents in a model apartment master bedroom designed by myself and my team at re:place.

2. From a Dwelement post on grasscloth papers, this dining room pairs sandy grasscloth with elegant dark woods and touches of shine.

3. The sand colored palette in this Ibiza guest bedroom from elledecor.com is soothing but not boring. (photo by Simon Upton)

4. The sun-drenched teak around this Shelter Island home carries the perfect warm sandy glow.

5. Natural fiber rugs in sisal, hemp and jute all impart a sandy warmth in any room. I especially love the unique retro vibe of the Soleil Round Hemp Rug from Home Decorators.

6. This warm neutral hue is found not only on beaches, but also in the natural finish of many woods, especially sustainable teak and reclaimed hardwoods like that found in Restoration Hardware's Small Reclaimed French Floorboard Coffee Table.

7. Coyuchi's Labyrinth Duvet Cover is pure eco-luxury and the perfect neutral, sandy hue for any room or style.

8. Sand-colored jute evokes nautical simplicity in David Stark's new Rope Bowl for West Elm.

9. Warm beige linen is the perfect look for this eco-friendly slipcovered Daniele Sofa from Cisco Brothers.