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Home Showcase: Vibrant Coastal Flair

Proof positive that serene homes or vacation retreats don’t have to be all white and navy blue.


Story by Libby O’Regan + Photos by John McManus

When the owners of this Hilton Head Island home said they wanted to design a residence that was unique, the architects and interior designers at Group 3 say that they couldn’t have predicted the outcome. Even though the family wanted a calming coastal feel, they didn’t want it to be boring and they were willing to take a few design risks. With the home industry trends gravitating so heavily towards all-white, these owners, architects and interior designers weren’t afraid to push the boundaries of color, pattern, and experiment with custom details. With eye popping bursts of green, yellow, and teal blue, the home feels vibrant but maintains the relaxed coastal style of the Lowcountry.

SITTING PRETTY Varied seating options at this dining area gives the space a relaxed and casual vibe while adding a lot of visual interest. Pops of pattern and color bring life to the design. The seating is softened by fluffy pillows that complement the colors and patterns. With all of the trim work throughout the home that is typically painted white, Group 3 chose to paint the bench seat a bright leafy green, contrasting all of the white walls and ceilings.

GRAND ENTRANCE A Hilton Head area map made into custom wallpaper hangs in the downstairs entryway. With a vinyl “rug” floorcovering by Spicher and Company (available at Pyramids Hilton Head) this entry way is charming, personal and full of character.
WINDOW SEAT This porch spared no details with a white wood paneled wall, painted blue ceilings, and furnishings that coordinate with the rest of the home. Large windows provide ample light for enjoying coastal paradise.
SAND BAR A kitchen doesn’t have to be white to feel clean and serene. The choice of “sand” color cabinets was intentional here to provide a calming vibe and intentionally different from so much of what we are seeing today in kitchen trends