Most Floridians will agree that one of the best things about living in the Sunshine State is enjoying the outdoors year round. A lanai, which is another word for a covered patio, is the perfect place for relaxing, dining or entertaining at your Florida home while enjoying some fresh air and balmy weather.
But how on earth do you decorate a lanai to take maximum advantage of this outdoor living space? Here are some handy tips from Stacey Perez, Manager of the Highland Homes Personal Selection Studio and our model decorator, for decorating your lanai for outdoor living and enjoyment.
Start at the bottom
Bare concrete can show stains and dirt, and be difficult to keep clean. There are many options for outfitting your lanai floor such as a concrete stain or tile. But, our favorite product is Flo-Crete. Flo-Crete is a water-based sealer which creates a non-skid finish resistant to cracking, fading, moisture and staining, and will hold up against many acids and caustic chemicals. It’s a great way to extend your personal style to your lanai with a variety of colors to choose from. Flo-Crete creates a finish which is attractive, durable and helps prevent slips and falls. Best of all, it is available through Highland Homes to be installed during construction of your home so your lanai will be ready to enjoy when you move in.
There are three things you want to keep in mind while choosing furniture for your lanai:
Add your style
Start with a theme. Do you like tropical or rustic, classic or modern, bright or pastel? What’s the mood you would like to evoke — calm and soothing, or edgy and colorful? Once you’ve chosen a theme, decide on a color scheme to follow throughout with your furniture and accents.
If you have chosen to have a table on your lanai, a great way to express your style is with a centerpiece. A centerpiece doesn’t have to be one piece, it can be a grouping of objects such as a set of glass vases filled with colorful stones or polished glass. Sand and found seashells make for great fillers, especially for a tropical beach or nautical theme. Floral arrangements are popular centerpieces and if you don’t have a green thumb, you can find pre-made fake-flower arrangements at most home dÃ©cor stores. Candles are another popular accent, and mirrored pillars are great for reflecting the light and providing a welcoming atmosphere.
Outdoor throw pillows and rugs are another great way to add pops of color or patterns. Stacy says, "Look for bargains on outdoor pillows and rugs at HomeGoods, Marshalls, and Ross. That way when they get dirty or weathered, they are cheap to replace. Or, you may want to change them out for the seasons or holidays. During the summer months you should be able to find some great colorful pieces, and keep an eye out for those fall colors as that season is fast approaching."
Finally, don’t forget about the walls, which are a great place to draw your theme together. Metal wall art comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. Or, add hooks with hanging flower pots or lanterns for more of a garden look.
When you build your Florida new home with Highland Homes, your lanai will come equipped with recessed lights. Adding a ceiling fan is a popular option as it will help keep your lanai comfortable even in the hottest of weather.
Candles, lanterns and wall sconces add elegant mood lighting, and if you have a table, a hanging pendant is a wonderful decorative lighting option.
These are just a few ideas to get you started with decorating your outdoor living areas. With the right colors and details, your lanai will become an extension of your home and your favorite “room쳌 for relaxing or entertaining.
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