A waterfront home with ample windows and an impressive view is the dream for many homeowners. But how do you design an interior space that is both beautiful and functional without detracting from the view? At CIH Design we know that interior design for island homes should enhance the space without stealing the show. Here are some of our favorite interior design tips for creating gorgeous interiors that highlight a stunning ocean view.

Use Color Draw the Eye

One of the best ways to ensure a great view isn’t overshadowed by the interior design is to use a color palette that complements the exterior vistas. From bright blue skies to lush tropical greens, the islands present such a beautiful range of colors. Why would you ever want to compete with the best nature has to offer?

The pale sandy hues of the living and dining room shown above perfectly match the sandy shores that are visible across the bay. The bright blue tones found in the artwork help draw the eye to the window and the beautiful blues of the sky and water outside. Metallic and reflective surfaces add shimmer and play with the light, creating a bright and airy space. The use of rich textures and a subtle stripe pattern adds interest to the neutral palette and keeps the room from feeling flat.

Orientate Rooms to the View

Interior design for island homes should work with the view, allowing it to become the focal point of the room. When designing interior spaces for waterfront homes, we create inviting furniture layouts that naturally draw attention to the view.

This texture-rich bedroom in Maui makes the most of its oceanfront location by orienting the bed towards the window. The addition of a cozy seating area directly in front of the window creates a quiet spot to get lost in the ocean waves.

Keep Sightlines Open

If you truly want your interior design to honor a great view, it’s important not to block the windows! This may seem obvious, but many people don’t take the height of furniture into consideration when shopping. This is especially important if you’re in a large store with high ceilings where pieces may not seem as big.

CIH lead designer Shelly David has over 20 years’ experience designing interiors for island homes. She knows how to successfully create a stunning space that highlights a great view with the right proportion and scale. This modern living room in Waiea Tower in Honolulu features low profile furniture that doesn’t interfere with the sightline in the room. Even the striking chandelier is light and clear and doesn’t detract from the impressive floor to ceiling windows.

Contact CIH Design for Oceanfront Interior Design

If you’re looking for interior design services for your waterfront home, contact CIH Design today. Our expert team will create a space you love that makes the most of your beautiful ocean views. Whether you’re located on one of the Hawaiian Islands, or elsewhere in the world, we can create a custom interior design for your island home.