Yes, that’s the Maine motto! And no, I’m not crazy, insane, or totally nuts. I’m a Mainiac! Born and bred in a small tourist town on the beautiful rocky coast of Maine where the only thing better than the lobster is the picturesque scenery. Ok, maybe I’m a little partial, but it is one of the most stunning places I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. A sparkling ocean dotted with white triangle sails framed by tall evergreens sets the backdrop for old New England-style homes. If you’re lucky enough to take a sail up and down the Maine coast, you’ll catch a glimpse of the unique character of Northern living.
It’s all about bringing the outside in – building a relaxing, comfortable, and unique space. Create that serene backdrop with soft paint colors like these from Sherwin Williams. Muted blues, greens, browns and grays are perfect! And don’t forget about white! Using a light pallet will help reflect natural light and create an open, airy feel.
Next on the list: furniture! Choose simple wood pieces with distressed painted finishes like Stanley’s new Coastal Resort Collection. A neutral paint pallet mixed with these great hanging lanterns and a bit of greenery create the perfect New England vacation home.
Continue implementing those design elements with your upholstered pieces too! Casual fabrics like a solid linen or cotton are a great options. Use basic patterns like ticking stripes on throw pillows to dress it up. Take a look at this gorgeous slipcover sofa by Vanguard Furniture.
Using only two colors and a very simple floral pattern, they have created a stunning sofa! Also, choosing a slipcover gives you the option to change the fabrics periodically. And guess what!? Most of them are dry-cleanable. Always a plus! The large branch in the background helps bring nature into the setting and adds height to the tall wall space. I would love to have this in my home. Wouldn’t you?
This next living room design by Lillian August for Hickory White takes advantage of a bold stripe by using it on the entire sofa.
To keep it subdued, they’ve chosen a muted green and cream colorway. Casegoods with an “unfinished” appearance and a basic hydrangea arrangement round out the casual Maine style.
I hope everyone has the opportunity to visit this majestic place at least once in their lifetime. But … you don’t have time, you say? Well then, let me help you bring this unique, New England-style living into your home. Contact me today to book your personal Maine get-a-way!