Nate Berkus
Busy Nate is on the road, and this time he's taking your calls from Texas. One listener from sunny Florida wants to know how to blend her beach surroundings into her home's interior. 

For those of us who aren't lucky enough to have a home with an ocean view, Nate says there are still countless ways to capture the essence of the sea in your home. Here are his best tips to bring some sun, sand and surf into your space:

  • Keep it as simple as possible. For Nate, that means decorating with white slip-covered furniture, sea grass or natural fiber rugs and beautiful plain linens.
  • Look to the ocean for color cues. "If you sort of stand at the water's edge and see all of the colors that swirl together, it's a whole range from gray to green to brown to tan to deep blue to pale blue and white, of course, from the surf," Nate says.
  • Choose muted colors for the walls. "Nothing reads beachier to me more than pale, pale gray [walls] with white trim, pale blue with white trim or light tan with white trim," he says.
  • Furniture and accessories should appear effortless and evoke a feeling rather than a theme. To achieve this, Nate says to select furniture with clean lines, throw in some antiques and flea market finds, and add interest with black-and-white photos in silver-plated frames.
  • Comb the beach for shells, stones and other natural objects. These can also be purchased if you don't live near the shore, or if there are restrictions on beachcombing in your area, Nate says.
  • Fill clear glass hurricanes with sand and use white pillar candles to create a beach-chic centerpiece.
When making design decisions, always exercise common sense and safe judgment. The opinions expressed by the hosts, guests and callers to Oprah Radio are strictly their own.


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