Miami Style was part of the brief that George (one of our trusted builders from Buildrite) and his mate Laith were given, along with the rest of the contestants on this weeks Channel 7’s ‘House Rules’ renovation.
Miami is a large cosmopolitan city well known for its huge skyscrapers and condominiums overlooking the ocean. It’s located on the southern tip of Florida between the Everglades to the west and Biscayne Bay to the East.
The city is dominated by beautiful Art Deco architecture erected during a financial boom in the 1920’s. Miami also has a large Cuban culture of bright colours, salsa dancing and spicy foods that began in the 1950’s.
So what actually is Miami Style?
Miami Style is cool and sophisticated mixed with vintage Art Deco influence and contemporary glam! And is a lively fusion of era’s and cultures.
Generally embracing a white on white backdrop injected with colour through soft furnishings, accessories and wall features. The use of natural elements paired with white furniture. As well as a beautiful blend of gallery-inspired art and black and white photography. These all typify the understated luxury of Miami Beach.
1 – Art Deco influence
2 – Glass and metal features to add some glam
3 – Injection of colour
4 – Tropical feel
Art Deco influence
You don’t have to live in an Art Deco home. Instead, you can add a few key pieces of furniture to incorporate the curvaceous lines iconic to Art Deco period. Consider a vintage timber buffet or a soft curvy lounge.
Glass and metal features to add some glam
Ambient feature lighting made with mixed metals and glass. But also, sprawling rugs, light-mid tone timbers mixed with white, black or polished brass detailing.
Injection of colour
Rich turquoise tones of the ocean through high windows complement an interior colour palette of white and bright gelato hues.
Use pastel accents on feature walls, wallpapers and soft furnishing. Think soft peaches, sky blues and minty greens.
Consider pairing a soft pastel curvy sofa with some brightly coloured velvet armchairs. Imagine ink blue, flamingo pink or sunburst yellow! The use and popularity of these bright bursts of colour are influenced by Miami’s large Cuban population.
A key element of Miami Style is having a seamless transition of indoor and outdoor spaces. Use lots of greenery and indoor plants throughout the house. Ferns, palms and tropical flowers have all become a trademark of this look. Adding tropical prints such as flamingos and palm leaves on wallpapers and fabrics.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and living spaces which completely open up to balconies, decks and swimming pools are also popular. As are travel souvenirs and anything related to that cheeky holiday vibe.
Have fun with creating your own Miami Style at home. Follow our tips, keep it eclectic and be brave with your colour choices!