White Walls Go From Boring To Bold In Palm Beach


traditional white exterior

Architect Edward H. Sheahan was responsible for refreshing the home's exterior and installing new impact windows for a modern look that highlights the pleasing symmetry of the entrance and front elevation.

traditional family room gray sectional

A sleeper sectional by Lee Industries is at the heart of the family room, providing a plush place to lounge amid a Thomas O'Brien coffee table from Century Furniture, a Dash & Albert rug and wallpaper from Cowtan & Tout, which pops thanks to trim painted Benjamin Moore's Kensington Blue.

traditional white kitchen blue accents...

The great room's kitchen and tongue-and-groove ceiling were labors of love for builder Eddie Naugle, who worked diligently to master the angles of the vaulted ceiling. Shimmery backsplash tiles by Mosaic House and Mystery White marble on the countertops lend depth to the monochromatic design. The barstools are by Lee Industries.

traditional bedroom blue green accents

Howard built the master bedroom around pale-blue Matouk bedding that homeowner Patty Coughlin purchased with a friend in New York. "I showed Andrew the comforter and told him, 'This is the color I want my bedroom to be,' " Patty says, "and he worked within that palette." The bench at the foot of the custom bed is from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and the ceiling is painted Colony Green from Benjamin Moore.

traditional white bathroom freestanding tub

A clean-lined freestanding tub that the homeowners handselected and a sculptural Lefroy Brooks tub filler sit on tile flooring by New Ravenna to define the serene master bathroom.

traditional bedroom green yellow

The guest room gets a dose of fun thanks to a healthy mix of patterns via the Galbraith & Paul fabric on the window shade and HB Luxe's Strata fabric in Pomegranate on the matching Lee Industries benches, which pair well with the simple texture of the Basket wallpaper from Cowtan & Tout. Howard brought the custom beds to life with pool-blue Fabricut linen and a decorative Samuel & Sons border.

traditional bathroom orange wall

Salmon-hued Java Java wallpaper from Quadrille in the guest bathroom is a bold departure from the shades of blue used throughout the house, but it's one of Howard's favorite unexpected touches. "Orange is directly opposite blue on the color wheel, so it's a great complement to the hue," he says. "Using it in this space was the perfect way to introduce some of the warmer tones that we used in the adjoining guest bedroom."

Bright, white rooms have been dominating the design scene for some time, but that doesn’t mean those spaces have to be boring.

When designer Andrew Howard went to work on a Palm Beach family’s escape, he gave the clients lots of the casual, easy-to-care-for style they craved–but mixed in plenty of surprises.

Howard started by adding white walls in the living room with plenty of texture via a tongue-and-groove ceiling and jute rug. In the dining room, colorful cushions on the vintage chairs and the Dash & Albert rug play up the blues in the Thomas Hager beach print. In the master bedroom, Howard offset white walls with a sky-inspired ceiling in Benjamin Moore’s Colony Green.

Elsewhere, Howard opted for grass-cloth wallpaper and vibrant blue trim in the family room; more grass-cloth and a sky-blue ceiling in the guest bedroom; and a salmon-hued print in a second bathroom. The result is a laidback home in which every space feels as unique as the people who inhabit it.

“When you’re designing a secondary residence,” he says, “it almost needs to read homier than your actual home, since you don’t spend as much time there and it can feel a little unfamiliar.”