How to Decorate a Lanai

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Lanai is a Hawaiian word for a porch or a veranda, and is typically used to describe porches or verandas that are furnished as outdoor living areas. You can decorate your lanai with a tropical theme or, if this isn't to your taste, you can decorate it in a manner that better suits your style.

Painting and Flooring

  • You can give your lanai a Balinese look if you paint the ceiling tan and the beams and pillars black. Another option is to paint your lanai white. You can paint wooden flooring to match the rest of your lanai. If you have a concrete floor, you can stain it to give your lanai a warmer look.

Furniture

  • Wicker or rattan furniture gives an island look to your lanai, but if you opt for woven polyurethane you can get a similar look and your furniture will be easier to care for. You will want to have comfortable seating, such as chairs or sofas with weather-resistant cushions, as well as end tables or coffee tables that you can use to set down your drink or book.

Lighting

  • Including lighting in your decorating scheme makes it possible for you to use your lanai in the evenings or the nighttime as well as during the day. Hanging lanterns that hold candles can fulfill dual purposes, providing both lighting and protection from insects if you use them with citronella candles. Using candles or lights powered by batteries limits the need to wire your lanai for electricity.

Plants and Accessories

  • Plants and other accessories complete the look of your lanai. Consider adding a weatherproof rug to make the space look a bit larger and some cushions to add some color. You don't have to spend a lot of money on these, but the space may look a little bare without them.

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