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5 Lovely Looks You'd Want for Your Lanai

Work with a theme and experiment with colors and furniture


Having a flourishing outdoor area allows us to enjoy the benefits of an extra living area, dining nook, and a cozy space where we can relax, meditate, and enjoy life's simplest pleasures. If you love working on easy home improvement projects from time to time, you may want to allot a portion of your budget and precious time to creating a lanai where you can hold parties and get-togethers.

To get you started, here are five themes that you may want to consider for the final look of your space. Sticking to a theme can be easier as it would be a breeze to choose colors that go well together as well as pick pieces that complement each other. Have some fun decorating and check these out:

Main photos from: Details Oriented and Homedit.

Lush Tropical Bliss

Create a resort-like space by pairing wooden seating pieces, soft cushions, and light colors for the walls. Liven it up by choosing pillow covers with bright patterns, splashes of color, and interesting shapes. You can also add ceramic stools in vibrant colors to serve as accent pieces.

Photo from House of Turquoise.

Beach-Inspired Vibe

Bring a serene vibe into your home by working with hints of blue, white, and wood. Turn your lanai into a beachside cottage by using plants as the main focal point of your decor and solid-colored cushions to match the frame of the furniture.

RL Tip: Achieve something similar with a limited budget by updating the pillows first before proceeding to other improvements.

Photo from Coastal Living.

Minimalist with a Statement

Make the most of your space and money by investing in a few pieces that pack a punch when it comes to style and form. Achieve a welcoming area by going for big statement pieces—given these must-haves, you can lessen the accessories and just work on adding more plants and blooms to keep the space from looking to plain.

Photo from Details Oriented.

Rustic with Tropical Flair

Keep the space warm by opting for a classic palette of beige and neutrals. Use these colors when choosing soft furnishings, too. A couple of vibrant throws and pillows can work as accent pieces to keep the space from looking boring. Pull the look together by adding a textured rug that's reminiscent of burlap and twine.

RL Tip: Who says you can only hang string lights outdoors? Complete the rustic and whimsical feel by choosing mini bulbs with warm white light to help set the mood.

Photo from Homedit.

Boho-Inspired with Colors and Patterns

Go all out on the colors and prints with this lively eclectic look. You may choose to stick to one pattern or have pillows in the same color to create a cohesive lanai. Complete this unique theme by opting for Boho lamps with interesting shapes and Moroccan-inspired accessories.

Photo from The Tao of Dana.

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