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Create a Resort-Chic Retreat with Kerrie Kelly of Sacramento

Nov 22, 2016 02:07PM ● By David Norby

  Who doesn’t love a big, blank canvas? Knowing we had a plain white space to work with, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab decided to throw caution to the wind with one of the liveliest design trends yet—the resort-chic living room. 

This beach-inspired space, sited in Folsom at Veranda at Empire Ranch, is home to a young and dynamic family who often hosts holiday parties and weekend sleepovers. Easily attainable, it focuses on playing with patterns and textures in an array of colors and shades to create a unique yet livable space. 

Looking at the room, we were drawn to its expansive windows and gorgeous large-format tile flooring. To make the space shine, we added a playful mix of color and pattern to intensify its natural sun-drenched look.



Energized by youthful residents full of personality, the resort-chic living room offers a retreat from everyday life. The space’s use of complementary patterns and color palettes make it the anchor of the home—a perfect place for family and friends to gather.



To accomplish a space like this:

1 / Don’t be afraid of color. Personalization is often pulled from favorite colors and combinations of hues that inspire you and make you feel like you’re right at home.

2 / To truly personalize your home—or any individual room—add a statement-making piece, such as wall art, a signature color or oversized lighting.

3 / Nothing is off limits. Mix pattern, color, texture and scale to create a space that’s truly and uniquely yours.



 4 / Use metallic accents to add balance to a colorful design. A beautiful focal point, like a piece of art or eye-catching mirror, is a great way to draw the eye toward your favorite part of the room. Mix patterns of different variations and scale to add depth and dimension.

When faced with a blank canvas, don’t be afraid to play with color, pattern and texture to elevate the design and make it come alive! A living space truly comes into its own with the addition of bold colors, a mixture of patterns and resort-inspired accessories.

 Kerrie L. Kelly is an award-winning interior designer, author and multimedia consultant. She has authored two books: ‘Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide,’ published by Oxmoor House, and ‘My Interior Design Kit,’ with Pearson Professional and Career Education. To contact her, visit or call 916-706-2089.

Head shot of Kerrie by Dante Fontana. Photos courtesy of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab and Brian Kellogg. 

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