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Coastal Florida StylesIf you've ever visited the coastal area of Florida, you probably enjoyed the overall look of relaxation that the area tends to embrace. Of course, relaxation is definitely the norm when you live in a beachfront area of the country.
However, even if you live in the suburbs or the city, you can easily re-create the look of the coastal Florida area in your own home. The trick is to decide which of the various "flavors" of the coastal Florida style decorating blends best with the rest of your décor and your lifestyle. Here are just a few of the ways you can pull off this decorating style in your home.
Beachfront StyleIf you try to visualize the decor found in a beautiful Siesta Key beachfront cabana or perhaps on a luxurious yacht, you'll have a good idea of the overall look this decorating style embraces. Light colors are the hallmark of this decorating style. White, sand, taupe and beige are all colors that work well.
Achieving a de-cluttered look overall is also very important. Look for furniture pieces that feature light colors, clean lines, and plenty of comfort. A vase filled with fresh flowers can be used to add a bright dash of color to the room.
Palm BeachThe Palm Beach style of course focuses on opulence and luxury. Ornate furniture pieces are the norm in the Palm Beach area. Unfortunately, the beautiful furniture pieces chosen by actual Palm Beach residents also normally come with a high price tag. Fortunately, it's possible to find opulent and yet affordable furniture pieces by shopping at second hand shops, flea markets and garage sales.
If you find a great piece that is built well but which doesn't seem to match your color scheme, simply repaint it in a light shade. Pastel beach-oriented colors work well with the Palm Beach look. To complete the effect, add an oriental rug and perhaps a few beach prints or paintings displayed in beautiful frames.
"Old" FloridaAlthough the Palm Beach style is definitely attractive and opulent, you might find that you prefer the more subtle charm of the "old" Florida decorating style. When considering this look, think in terms of the beautiful and comfortable combination of a beach cottage and country decorating touches. When selecting your color scheme, focus on cheerful shades that seem to be drenched in sunshine, such as yellow.
Antique cookware, traditional pineapple prints, and vintage pieces all work well with the "old" Florida look and feel. To add an authentic touch, don't forget to include a few seashells in your decorating scheme. The end result will be a look reminiscent of the kind of beach cottage you'd probably love to retreat to in order to escape the cold winter weather up north.
Decorating AccessoriesRegardless of the particular flavor of coastal Florida decorating you choose, there are a few elements that seem to be universal. Overall, the natural look is definitely "in" for Florida styles of decorating. A warm and basically light color palette generally works best.
Classic furniture styles that feature clean lines are usually the best choice. In most cases, you'll want to focus equally on comfort and appearance, since comfort is a key element to the relaxing aura you are trying to create.