Posted by Lauran

There’s nothing like a vacation to get your creative juices flowing. I just returned from a wonderful retreat in Costa Rica, where I was inspired by the color all around me. I was especially struck by the houses and stores painted bright and happy tones.

CR pink

CR peach/pink

Vibrant color combinations were everywhere, not only on the buildings but also in the fresh fruit, the gorgeous beads and baskets sold on the beach, and the breathtaking sunsets.

CR beads

CR fruit

CR green

CR sunset

CR flowers

Craving some of this bright tropical feeling for your own home? Here are some ideas to capture these colors (without transporting yourself to Central America).

Buy a new rug

florpink copy

Heaven Sent in Pink by flor

lotus rug

Lotus Rug at CB2

Paint a door

blue door copy

DKOR Interiors

yellow door

Apartment Therapy, via fastightesbryan

Hang something on the wall

pink clock copy

Wake Up Call clock at DENY Designs


Shana Bearden

Put up some wallpaper

JB wallpaper

Nana (Pink) Wallpaper by Justina Blakeney

Paint a wall

coral room

Danielle Oakey Interiors

Vicente kids

Visual Jill Interior Decorating

If you’re ready to paint, these colors are sure to put you in a Costa Rican state of mind (all Benjamin Moore):Paint Colors CollageTry one of these on your front door, an accent wall, or a beat-up piece of furniture.

Now . . . time for another margarita!

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