We recently discovered Danielle and Beth’s, Palm Beach Lately, a blog and beautifully curated Instagram that immediately transfers you into a world of lush green grass, turquoise waters and pink, a lot of pink! Having read Palm Beach Chic, a book written by long-time Palm Beach resident Jennifer Ash Ruddick, (and also being inspired by London’s unusually warm February weather!), we decided write up a Palm Beach style guide.
Very much aligned with the themes explored in Ruddick’s book, Palm Beach can be manifested in any and every home, including cozy cottages nestled amid tropical foliage, an exotic Moorish casbah, postmodern villas, a sprawling ranch or Mad Men-era vintage condos!
Palm Beach itself is characterised by gorgeous sunny weather, impressive real estate and an iconic, bold, preppy style. It is no surprise that the Fashion Director of Escada once said, “Palm Beach is the perfect runway for bold prints and succulent colors,” and quite simply, the word succulent translates into a vision of lush, green grass, warm sunshine and endless blue water. Much of the Palm Beach aesthetic revolves around the concept of bringing the outdoors in — and this can be done not only through colour and texture, but motifs and the correct use of lighting.
To achieve this distinctively Floridian aesthetic and brighten up your home — (and yes, any home!) — our guide provides some advice on colours, patterns and positioning for this iconic interior.
1. WHITE = FOUNDATION
Despite the ample use of colour used in Palm Beach homes, fashion and its overall lifestyle, these colours would be nothing without the blank canvas which they sit upon. Before incorporating colour, make sure you have a base foundation of white and cream to enable your colour choice to really pop! Consider your sofa, carpet, armchairs and tables for the white foundation.
2. BOLD COLOUR
Personally, when I think of bold colour, it reminds me of when I was first introduced to Lily Pulitzer as a young girl. I remember being completely mesmerised by her use of fearless, bold colour and fun, swirling patterns. Colours such as turquoise blue, lime green, lemon yellow, coral and flamingo pink are perfect starting points when considering your colour palette as they reflect the nature, warmth and atmosphere in Florida. Better yet, you can choose any two of these colours, combine them against your neutral-coloured foundation and you’re nearly on your way!
3. MOTIFS, MOTIFS, MOTIFS!
Motifs are integral in defining an interior style and go hand-in-hand with your colour scheme. For example, we all know that lobsters, navy blue / red, striped patterns and the material rope are all conducive to an East Coast, Hamptons, seaside style. When it comes to Palm Beach, exotic motifs are key! Think of flamingos, coral, shells, palm trees and banana leaves are frequently seen. These motifs don’t need to merely be Objects d’Art, but can also be reflected in textiles such as fabrics or wallpapers which will create a more significant visual reveal!
4. BAMBOO, RATTAN OR WICKER
You will not see a Palm Beach room without bamboo, wicker or rattan within the furniture design or manufacture. This basically means that bamboo might not be the physical material, but the furniture could be designed and shaped in imitation bamboo! Some might even lacquer bamboo in a bright colour such as lime green or turquoise! But, it is a Palm Beach Law!
Alternatively, you could opt in for some textiles which incorporate bamboo in their overall design, such as the Palms Regency Wallpaper / Fabric, which is a mix of old Hollywood glamour and lush palm beach or The Bamboo Fabric / Wallpaper ! Simply select your favourite colourway and reserve a place for it, either a powder room, for a headboard or to upholster an armchair, and all of a sudden, you have a statement piece!
5. A TOUCH OF CHINOISERIE
In many Palm Beach homes, a small touch of Chinoiserie can help amplify the overall aesthetic and add a unique touch to your home. As a finishing touch, a brightly coloured Ginger Jar, oriental vase or ornate mirror will contribute to this traditional, fun style.
Using all of our own tips above, we have curated a pink / green Living and Dining Room using the pieces available on Decor A List. What’s great about the Palm Beach aesthetic is firstly, there are not many rules and secondly, there are many exceptions! Find two vibrant colours that work well together, (green/pink, blue/orange, coral/aqua, orange/cream, aqua/white), and apply our suggestions above!
1 – Pink Ladies Lamp / 2 – Midland Oak Bergere Chair / 3 – Fort Worth Avenue Chandelier / 4 – Small Colonial Crackle Jar /5 – Driftwood Round Coffee Table / 6 – Green Leaf Ceramic Bowl / 7 – Silver Buddah Head Sculpture / 8 – Pink & White Ikat Cushion /9 – Distressed White Bench / 10 – Chinese White Sideboard / 11 – Gold Leaves Side Table / 12 – Set of 4 Tropical Cushions /14 – Tommy Bahama Swinging Palms Ottoman
1 – Palm Beach Lamp / 2 – Louis Ghost Armchair / 3 – Palm Beach Chandelier / 4 – Baroque Vintage French Chair in Pink Velvet Upholstery / 5 – Isla Palm Print Cushion / 6 – Rose Gold and Glass Dining Table / 7 – Convex Shell Mirror / 8 – Chinese White Console / 9 – Pink Block Print Ginger Jar / 10 – Green Sultan Ginger Jar / 11 – Pink Mother of Pearl Inlaid Tray