It's all about sunshine, bright colours against lots of crisp white (think Don Johnson's white linen blazer in Miami Vice) and that tropical breeziness synonymous with a relaxed lifestyle. Miami style is also strongly accented with deco elements that add to the clean lines and cool curves of this outstanding home style. Create your own dazzling, tropical oasis with our pick of the best of Miami-style homewares and furniture.
Bright and White
Nothing beats white as a base colour for a Miami-style home. It gives the impression of a cool, island resort and it also offsets every other colour just perfectly. If you haven't already done so, perhaps you could consider giving your home a bit of a lift and painting your walls white – or even just your main living area – to get you started.
The city of Miami is renowned for its art deco elements, which can be seen in the architecture and home design of houses in Florida. Deco is both glamorous and beautifully understated. You don't have to go all out for the grand and glamorous deco Miami mansion. A few select pieces with reflective surfaces – large mirrors and mirrored furniture – and other simple furniture with streamlined curves will give you that classic touch in a more subtle way. Chrome floor and wall lamps also capture this style perfectly.
A Miami-inspired home would not be complete without a few palms or a decorative component with a palm-tree motif. Wallpaper, cushions or framed prints are great ways to incorporate a tropical theme to your décor. And a few flamingoes thrown into the mix well and truly captures the essence of Miami Florida. Rattan and bamboo furniture is also a great choice, particularly when paired with some real indoor potted palms.
Like a cool gelato on a hot Florida day, pastel hues – soft pinks, mint, cool blues and creams – are a must. It's one of the best ways to lighten and brighten a room; and pastels can really lift your spirits with their cooling and calming effect. If soft colours aren't your 'thing' then stick to a white background with pops of bright tropical patterns. But if you would like to try a little pastel, you can always start gently – some scatter cushions, a throw, or a light pink upholstered feature chair - or lemon feature wall.
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• Painting your walls white will add instant glamour and the feel of a cool, tropical oasis as the base for a Miami-inspired home.
• Art deco is a decorative and architectural style prevalent in Miami Florida. You can incorporate this style into your home with a few select pieces with mirrored surfaces or some curved chrome lamps.
• Tropical prints with palms and flamingos, as well as some real indoor tropical plants, give you that sunny Florida feel.
• Pastels are perfect for this style. Try just a splash of pastel pink, lemon or cool mint to lighten and brighten a room.
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Katie Evans – Milan Direct