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In a great room, Stephanie Simmons of Karen Renée Interior Design left the windows free of draperies to emphasize the view.

Design Inspiration

Expert advice on creating beautiful interiors by the bay

The view, of course! Choosing colors that complement the water view is my first thought when designing a waterfront home. This can mean working in shades of blue and green and in soft neutrals, or choosing gray tones with pops of coral. The soft neutrals and subtle grays of these palettes, punctuated by bold accents, are sure to create a pleasing contrast while also allowing the eye to be drawn to the beauty of the water.

When designing a waterfront home, I also consider my fabric choices carefully. I tend to look for textiles that have a natural, textural quality such as linen and grass cloth, and I always keep in mind durability and sun-fastness, both of which are important in a waterfront setting where sunlight can fade fabrics. — Stephanie Simmons, Allied ASID, Karen Renée Interior Design, Severna Park, Maryland

Renovation Architecture: Purple Cherry Architects, Annapolis, Maryland. Builder: Pilli Custom Homes, Millersville, Maryland. 

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