An amped-up color palette gives this Nantucket guest cottage positive energy.

front porch
Modern chaises combine comfort with artful style on the front
porch of this guesthouse. The porch deck is painted a soft gray
to keep the setting cool and to let the sculptural furnishings take
center stage. Plump pillows in citrus and water hues announce the
fresh and lively palette found inside the house.

dining room
New York interior
designer John Willey
mixes classic furniture
with “offbeat selections”
for fresh interiors.
Here, white vinyl box
cushions pump up the
style quotient of English
ladderback chairs.

Chartreuse and high-gloss white
paint extend a happy greeting in
the foyer of this summer house.
Open baskets tucked under an
antique English sideboard corral
towels and beach supplies.

living room
The wall color shifts to sky blue in
the vaulted living area to temper
the intense light it receives. To
keep the space casual and fun,
John chose awning stripes for
contrasting cushions on the
coral-colored sofa.

Accessories act like jewelry here,
adding touches of surprise and
sparkle. For pure color, a pendant
lamp is strung with turquoise.

For a foolproof color mix, look
out the windows. Natural linen
fabric and aqua walls offer a
serene sand and sea palette.

guest room
The palette of soft brights
wanders into the cottage’s
bedrooms, where it joins with
crisp pattern to wake up the
small spaces. John added color
and simple cross moldings to the
ceilings for subtle architecture.

guest room
Grasscloth wallcoverings and
grass green accents invite in the
colors and textures of the home’s
lush natural setting. Facing
limited floorspace—and wall
space—John chose artful fabrics
and window coverings with airy
patterns and simple colors.