If you live in Florida or own a vacation home in the state, you may want to decorate it in a way that expresses the laid-back, tropical lifestyle of the state. If you live outside of Florida but have fond memories of the state, such as vacationing there as a child, you may want to incorporate some of those memories into your décor. Fortunately, regardless of whether you favor a homey, country look or clean, contemporary lines, you can incorporate a little bit of Florida into your home's décor.
Palm Beach Style
Decorate in the opulent style of Palm Beach with ornate-looking furniture. While you can certainly spend a small fortune on this type of furniture, you can also find it cheap at antiques stores and restore it yourself. Opt for soft, pastel colors to create a breezy look, and add flair to your walls with pastel paintings or prints of lazy beach scenes, framed in expensive-looking gold frames. An oriental rug and African artifacts from a home decorating store can add a worldly appearance.
Think white and beige for this type of décor, which will remind you of being aboard a luxury yacht or a beachfront cabana in Siesta Key. If you don't want to replace your existing furniture with light-colored pieces, simply use a white or beige throw or sofa cover to achieve the look. This theme is all about clean lines, so declutter your space. Add a couple of beachy touches such as a large seashell as a doorstop and flowers in a simple vase for a splash of color. Frame an aged map of Florida in a rustic wood frame to give life to your walls, and add a simple beige throw rug to make the space homier.
Country Meets Beach
Old Florida style is a combination of country and beach cottage décor. Sunny wall colors, like yellow and mustard, along with traditional country furniture, create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Hang a pineapple-print throw on your wall as decoration, and antique plates or cooking wear. Try louvered doors for a nostalgic, cottage look. A wreath with seashells on your door completes the look and will remind you of winters in Ocala or Okeechobee.
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