I’m not alone in this thinking, as thousands of people from everywhere are now calling Florida home. Beautiful weather, low taxes, and well-governed are just a few of the attractors.
Florida interior design style, also known as Florida design or Florida style, is a unique design aesthetic that has emerged from our great state. There are several key differences between Florida’s interior design style and other parts of the country.
As a Tampa interior design expert, here is some style highlights we work with and what they can mean when you are planning your dream home.
The warm and humid climate of Florida has a significant impact on its interior design style.
Florida design often features bright and airy spaces with lots of natural light and incorporates materials that can withstand the humidity, such as tile, stone, and wicker. The next few images highlight one of our favorite brands, Universal Home. Many of these items are ready to ship and other can be customized.
Florida’s design often incorporates bright, vibrant colors that reflect the state’s sunny and tropical climate.
Popular colors include shades of blue, green, yellow, and orange, and lots of whites and light neutrals.
3. COASTAL INFLUENCES
Given its extensive coastline, nature, water, and resort-styled décor.
Florida design often incorporates coastal elements such as seashells, coral, and other beachy accents. Nautical themes are also common.
4. ECLECTIC MIX
Florida’s design is known for its eclectic mix of styles and influences, reflecting the state’s diverse population and cultural influences.
Florida design can mix up Mediterranean, Cuban, British West indie cottages, and even not tropical parts of the state where equestrian estates are popular and influence the look.
5. INDOOR-OUTDOOR LIVING
Given the mild climate, many Florida homes are designed to blur the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces, often incorporating outdoor kitchens, pools, and other amenities.
Florida is home to some of the wealthiest communities in the country, and luxury is often a key element of Florida’s design. High-end finishes, custom furnishings, and glamorous details are common in many Florida homes.
In contrast, what I see in photos of folks moving to Florida reflects their own unique cultural and environmental influences. For example, in New England, traditional design elements such as wood paneling, antique furnishings, and a muted color palette are common. In the Pacific Northwest, rustic and natural elements such as wood, stone, and exposed beams are often incorporated into home design. The Midwest often favors a more casual, laid-back style that incorporates comfortable furnishings and natural materials.
In my Tampa interior design practice, so many new clients are moving from other parts of the country and will often leave all of their furnishings behind and start fresh. This is one of my favorite kinds of interior design projects.
Whether you are re-designing, or creating a new dream home from the ground up, Florida style contributes to an elevated wellness and fabulous quality of life.
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Home Frosting is a full-service luxury interior design company based in Tampa, FL
Karen Post is an award-winning, Tampa-based interior designer home decorator stylist. Catch her on Daytime TV, a nationally syndicated lifestyle show, FOX and on HGTV sharing design tips and decorating ideas. She's also a regular contributor to the National Association of Realtors publications, providing design and home improvement advice to 1.3M realtors.
Home Frosting is a Tampa-based interior design studio providing home interiors, home decorating, remodeling, and custom furnishings. We service Tampa, South Tampa, St Petersburg, Clearwater, Belleair, Apollo Beach, and the surrounding areas.