Blue-and-white coastal-inspired bedroom

Photo: Noah Webb

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When in Doubt, Go for the Shore Thing
There’s no need to panic when choosing a color scheme for a room: An easy rule of thumb is that if the colors go well together in nature, they'll look great in your home. Foam-capped waves served as designer Tim Clarke's inspiration in this space. To get a similar effect, he recommends incorporating objects into the room that are inspired by the sea.

"Whether sculptural coral or a collection of shells, [adding sea-inspired details] evokes the spirit of the coastline, even if you live in the middle of the country," he says.