If you’re lucky enough to live in a place as picturesque as Hawaii, the inside of your home should be as fresh and luxurious as the spectacular scenery. With over 25 years’ experience creating beautiful interior designs for homes in Maui, Honolulu, Kauai and the Big Island, CIH designer Shelly David knows the secrets that will transform your Hawaii home into the perfect island escape. These 5 tips for fantastic interior design in Hawaii are the foundation for many of Shelly’s gorgeous designs.

Highlight Beautiful Views


No one ever tires of the stunning island views. Good Hawaiian interior design should allow the beautiful scenery to be the focus of the room. Our designers love to work with quality pieces that feature clean lines and a low profile that won’t obstruct sightlines. Clear furnishings that reflect light and don’t feel bulky also help promote great views. The addition of glass tables and reflective surfaces create rooms that feel open, airy and bright.

Go Natural

One of the best things about living in Hawaii is the ability to create an indoor-outdoor connection. Great island design should embrace nature and create a seamless transition from indoors to out. With an abundance of rich wood, thatched ceilings, a stone wall and emerald green accents, this Kauai residence feels like a luxurious tree house. Extra touches such as a carved leaf pattern on the doors, wood light fixtures, and skylights to let in natural light help bring the outdoors inside.

Incorporate Color

The islands are filled with vibrant, beautiful colors that are the perfect palette for interiors that pop. From bright red flowers, clear blue skies and lush green forests, Hawaii interior design offers more room for bold colors. To highlight an ocean view, Shelly loves to use bright blue pieces that draw the eye across the room to rest on the spectacular ocean vistas.

Statement Lighting

Many people tend to overlook lighting when updating their interior design. But a statement light fixture can elevate the look of a room significantly. The right light fixture can even set the mood and tone for the whole room. Our designers take great care with the details of your interior design, and search for fixtures that create the right mood and tone for each space. This beautiful round pendant light mimics the sun hanging over the mountains in the distance.

Embrace Texture

No matter how well designed a room is, without texture it will look flat and feel like it’s missing something. Incorporating elements of different textures bring a room to life and make it more inviting. A combination of sleek metallics, rough natural elements and soft plush textiles will create a welcoming space that appeals to all the senses.

Turn-key Interior Design Services

No matter where you are located, CIH Design can transform your island home. From concept to completion CIH has the skills and experience to handle all aspects of your Hawaii interior design project. Contact CIH design today to discuss how we can help you create your Island dream home