The preacher John Calvin once said, “There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” Maybe that’s why we flipped over House Beautiful’s September color issue, and especially this where-to-look-first? beach house designed by Mona Ross Berman.
Taking her cues from 1960s surf culture, Berman chose high-impact turquoise, orange, yellow, and white—a palette lifted from the owner’s unique Mod dining table—and added splashes of pink throughout. The dining room and kitchen are a subdued take on Everyday Exuberance, with a clean white background tempering the summery hues. The pops of yellow on the curtains, valance, and table linens are subtle yet cheerful, while the aqua tiles of the kitchen backsplash are a rich complement to the dark wood floors and curvy-as-Marilyn breakfast-bar stools.
In the bathroom, Berman worked blue, covering the walls in a graphic turquoise wallpaper and dressing the window with a powdery Roman shade. She limited herself to two main colors, and added chrome sconces and a handful of yellow, white, and blue accessories for a bit of pop.
The master bedroom is a master class in how to use orange. Again, Berman started with white walls and trim, and jazzed up the floor with a zizag pattern in pale salmon. Bolder tangerine adorns the vintage trunk, the Moroccan-style pouf, the side tables and lampshades, and the coverlet on the bed. Meanwhile, the headboard and graphic artwork harmonize the various pinks and oranges into kicky patterns that give the room its fun, retro character.