Have you ever been to Maine? We go every year, and in my travels, I have learned that the least sad way to leave a beloved vacation spot is to bring something home with you. This year, I brought home inspiration!
Maine is a beautiful place. I use that simple sentence because it sums it up so well. Mainers really have life figured out. They live outdoors; biking, shooting, canoeing, paddle boarding, sailing, surfing, skiing, you name it. But they aren’t spoiled by month after month of perfect weather. Nope, Maine’s perfect summer lasts about 10 days at the beginning of August. The rest of the year is a variety of rain, cold, mist, snow, you name it. So you can either stay inside and feel sorry for yourself, or you can suit up for the weather and get outside and have fun!
One of my favorite things about Maine is it’s perfect little balance between New England and the Midwest. It’s not considered East Coast; in fact, there are somewhere around 70 miles of usable beach on the southern end of Maine. The rest of the place is logging forests, lakes and rocks. I think that’s what makes their style so subtly unique. They understand that basically nobody lives in the perfect spot because no place is perfect year round; you just make the best of what’s around you at the time. It’s that thought that is why, a month after getting home, I am still so inspired.
What happens when you live in a place that, for centuries, made it’s living off of logging? You have a lot of natural wood interiors to work with! So Mainers have mastered the art of the color pop. In the imperfect weather that can sometimes drag on, they gravitate towards refreshing influences of reds, blues and yellows. But it’s not always in ways you expect:
This is a great example of adding a punch of color to the rich neutrals on the walls, and the natural wood vanity. I think this is from Minnesota, but the same concept applies.
Moving to the dining room, chairs are such a fun, non committal way to add color to a room!
The chairs are a nice reminder of how gorgeous the ocean is on a clear day. I love the loads of natural wood, too!
A look in a bedroom is a sweet color surprise mixed in with tons of wood…
And then let’s look outside, where most people have an idea of what New England homes look like. Is this what you were thinking of?
If you are looking for a fun Instagram account that has mastered the art of color popping, check out Jackie Greaney:
I just love Maine!