Whether you live blocks from the ocean or vacation in South Beach, Miami, Florida, there is one thing that always stands out: the colors. Southern Florida, coastal and inland, homes can take inspiration and bring the recognizable palette of this area into your everyday life. Who would not want to feel like they are in South Beach soaking up the sun every day?
South Beach is not only well-known amongst Floridians, but this unique location has inspired decor and interiors all over the world. Residences have taken nods from South Beach’s sparkling white backdrops with transparent materials and light neutrals that sometimes appear to be reflecting the colors of the ocean. Pops of unexpected color remind visitors of the stark palm trees that line the streets and dot the oceanside. One thing is clear when taking inspiration from South Beach; it is encouraged to be bold and have fun.
Textures and Shades Make White Interesting
Do not be intimidated by white-based palettes. By adding texture, you can create a warm, inviting space that is never sterile or cold. Consider using white-inspired countertops in kitchens, bathrooms, and other serving surfaces. Companies like Silestone offer more than 16 shades and textures of white surfaces. When decorating with upholstery and fabrics, consider washed cotton, linen, twill, vinyl, flannel, sateen, and even canvas for its durability. By mixing different textures of fabric, a white backdrop will be attractive to the eye. Also, your walls do not have to depend on paint solely. White grasscloth wallpaper can shift the eye vertically and continue the white-theme higher in a room.
Ocean Not Required
In South Beach, a white-based palette is accentuated by the beautiful aqua and marine colors that the ocean views bring into a home. But if those colors are not outside your window, accents of these shades will remind you of these tranquil views. Take a nod from any glass shelf, end table, coffee table, or dining table top you have. Pull this inspiration color into your throw pillows, art, accent pieces, and rugs to feel like an ocean breeze could come through your windows at any time.
Pops of Color
Now that you know how to create a tranquil backdrop, it is time to consider a pop of color and pattern. From the yellow beach umbrellas to the red and white striped lifeguard stands and sherbet colored art deco district buildings, South Beach is full of color. Homeowners can even take a nod from the palm trees and tie them into their decor. With low commitment and tons of personality, consider trying a peel and stick wallpaper with bright green tropical leaves. Also, South Beach has multiple hotels that can inspire a one-of-kind look. Consider the Red South Beach Hotel which showcases how a pop of color and warm wood tones can steal the show in a mostly white room.
Finally, South Beach-inspired decors should not be cookie-cutter. Miami’s art scene, international influences, architecture, and coastal scenery can be interpreted in many ways. What’s most important is that you take the time to figure out what inspires you about South Beach, then decorate your home, so it gives you the feeling of this coastal city.