Francesco Lagnese

Amanda Lindroth Turns a Simple White Living Room into a Lush Tropical Oasis

July 21, 2020

When it came to giving a face-lift to the family room of a young client’s charming 1920s Mediterranean-style abode in Palm Beach, Florida, no hue was too bright or touch too whimsical. “This is an outgoing woman who loves color,” says Amanda Lindroth. “She wears bright pink lipstick and fuchsia shorts with a yellow sweater slung over her shoulders.” The Bahamas-based designer gravitated toward vibrant, playful patterns that evoke the home’s lush tropical surroundings and the client’s own joie de vivre.

Amanda Lindroth

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Island Time

“I really leaned into the beachy-meets-preppy idioms, upholstering the walls above the chair rail in a fabric of pink coral motifs and applying a sandy-hued grasscloth below. The Parsons table is covered in a taupe leopard print, and the sisal rug is not only economical but immediately gives the space a seaside feel. Who would’ve thought that so many patterns and textures could feel harmonious in a single room? But it’s like wearing checks and florals together, and all of the sudden you’ve got a chic look.”

Lindroth amped up the family room’s welcoming exuberance with a giant velvet-covered sectional sofa edged in linen fringe for a playful, islandy touch. Black-and-white accents such as the rug and mirror help ground the space. “I love adding black accents to balance brightly hued schemes,” she says. Curtains in Palmetto Beach Embroidery; walls in paper-backed Great Barrier Reef fabric above chair rail and Yuki Weave wallcovering below; sectional in Sophia Velvet with welt in Ravello and trimmed in Hula Fringe by Mary McDonald; throw pillows in, from far left, Sophia Velvet with Meyer Brush Fringe, and Avila Embroidery; coffee table, get the look with Halston Coffee Table. Natural Seagrass Hurricane as vase, Amanda Lindroth, amandalindroth.com. Ceiling in Citra Lime, Benjamin Moore.

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The Eye Has to Travel

“The room is long and low, so I had to do something to add visual verticality. Installing these canvas palm trees is one of my favorite ways to draw the eye upward in a slightly cramped space, especially when combined with that subtle minty hue on the ceiling. I also pushed up the curtain rods so that they rest just beneath the crown moldings, elongating the window area and increasing the room’s overall sense of height and scale.”

  • Table SJ3001-42 custom wrapped in Iconic Leopard 175721, Schumacher, fschumacher.com. Canvas palm tree, The Canvas Nursery, thecanvasnursery.com.

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  • A playful array of tchotchkes and curios liven up the console table.

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A Personal Reflection

“A well-decorated home should show off your finds from your exotic adventures, or even from your everyday life! This client absolutely loves layering quirky things, and objects like the carved zebra and metal pineapple-shaped ice bucket make the room come alive and infuse it with her personality. I mix eras and styles to achieve a look that feels collected over time.”

The Room Before