It may be a while until we can frolic freely on the beach again, so why not bring the beachy vibes indoor?

Portrait of Tammy Strobel


Summer is here, but it may take a while for us to be able to go to the beach like we used to. So why not usher some of that beachy summer vibes into your space instead? Pantone’s Gardenia colour mimics the perfect shade of sand, featuring a golden undertone, that keeps the room bright while adding warmth and cosiness.

Pair it with shades of blue to create a Hampton-inspired seaside summer feel, and darker shades of browns for a nice contrast. Portuguese lighting brand Delightful pairs Gardenia with solid white surfaces, pale wood, golden marble, white, and metallic accents to create a luxurious setting that remains welcoming and approachable.

Gardenia goes well with all metallic finishes, as seen in this living room. Fashioned after the shape of trumpets, the Botti floor light elevates the sandy beige with a gold metallic sheen. Meanwhile, rose gold trimming makes the royal blue velvet stools pop and the hammered copper finish of the ornate mirror and small accessories add an opulent, old-world glamour to the room. 

The restrained use of velvet helps to elevate a casual beach-side cottage look into an elegant and convivial space. 

The Expert Says 

My Reading Room


Colour Specialist, Haven Lifestyle 

“Pale earth tones evoke a calming and inviting atmosphere. Colours paired with them appear softer and more subdued. I would use this Gardenia hue in the kitchen as well, and contrast it with a darker wood texture.”