Inside Beautiful British West Indies Style Homes & Home Decor Ideas 2020 In Naples Florida Luxury Homes
Welcome to my interior design blog! I’m Claudia Leah! I’m excited to take you into one of our latest Marco Island interior design projects.
Our clients from NEW YORK bought a second home in the Naples FL area, on Marco Island, to be specific. They desired a classic British West Indies look with dark woods, island blues, and crisp whites.
Before you scroll further, picture the 1980’s swag window treatments complete with frills. Okay, now you’re with me. That wasn’t a pretty vision, was it? Yes, decoratively, this condo was extremely outdated and needed our interior decorating and design services. I’ll save you from the BEFORE photos in this interior design blog post.
What is British West Indies Style?
British West Indies style is elements of a tropical climate settling on an island and is all about things that keep the mind relaxed and body cool in a living environment in the Colonial era. British West Indies style originated when British, Dutch, and French settlers brought home décor and furniture to the islands they inhabited.
They quickly taught themselves which wood species, textiles, and materials would last without molding in a humid climate. The result was a blended colonial style that is distinctively known as the British West Indies style.
Let’s go inside their new beautiful British West Indies Style Home on Marco Island…
Marco Island Master Bedroom with Dark Woods & Mixed Textile Patterns
Handmade Looking Tile Flooring That Looks Like Wood
Before we began the interior decorating, we recommended a few home renovations. First, we replaced the 1980’s builder-grade tile flooring was replaced with a beautiful sandy colored beach driftwood toned tile that appears hand-honed. The extra-wide planks give the room a sense that it’s even bigger than it is. Yes, it’s a large master suite for a typical condominium, but we wanted to expand the space with large-scale flooring and furnishings visually.
Custom British West Indies Style Furniture & Bedding Selections
The stunning, grand-scale king-sized poster bed with squared zebra-patterned Euro shams accent the understated quilted tan bedspread exudes British West Indies style.
The extra large scale nightstands function perfectly with the bed and mattress height. Nightstand heights are super important. Have you ever had a nightstand that was too high or too low? It can be catastrophic to your morning coffee, evening tea, or cause a water spill if the cup or glass hits the wrong spot.
Custom bedding in various blueprints and exotic zebra-patterned euro pillows feel right against the metallic woven grasscloth accent wall behind the tall headboard.
The Wescott chair arrangement is a great private spot for a cup of tea or a glass of wine and good conversation at the end of the day. It’s also a great place to read to the grandkids.
Home Decor Ideas 2020 | British West Indies Style Homes
Custom Furniture Storage Credenza
A TV credenza houses a large screen and a collection of travel mementos. The lower cabinets house paperwork close to the writing desk.
Custom Window Treatments For Privacy & To Black Out Light
A large scale blue and white John Robshaw print was a perfect pattern for the draperies. Cleverly the drapery panels hide the room darkening honeycomb vertiglide shades on the sliding glass door facing the often bustling balcony. Family members often use the adjacent patio during family vacations; therefore, we provided blackout shades on a home automation system for both energy conservation and privacy. Our design clients loved the idea of practicality and functionality.
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Home Decor Ideas 2020 | British West Indies Style Homes
Custom Size Rug Designs
For the rug, we presented several rug styles that would work for the British West Indies style. The client took our favorite rug design, and a custom-sized Wilton wool distressed rug with a leather border. The wool is incredibly soft and feels good on bare feet. It’s the perfect feeling on your feet before going to bed at night or when waking in the morning.
Bedroom Interior Design, Custom Furniture, Custom Window Treatments, Flooring & Rug – $40,428
Living Room Ideas
Let’s take a flashback to envision this living room with outdated golden yellows and floral frills of the 80s. Repeating the dark woods, island blues, and crisp whites throughout, we added a pop of coral to the living room. They opted NOT to have a TV in the main living room. Keep scrolling, and you’ll see where we placed the second television.
Our interior design clients needed functional seating for at least 8-10 people with several generations of family members ranging from baby to great-grandparents while maintaining an open traffic pattern to all adjacent spaces and the glassed-in patio.
To accommodate seating for 8-10, we opted for a faux leather covered ottoman to ground the area and surrounded it with two large scale sofas in performance fabric. Two comfortable exposed wood frame chairs and two more lightweight Chinese Chippendale chairs can quickly go where needed – even to the adjacent dining room.
We expanded on the South Seas theme with a 3D Tryptic of fish to almost suggesting an aquarium look, set on a textured grasscloth backdrop.
The stunning ocean views were flank the fun navy & white koi print and stationary woven valances above the sliders for texture. Due to the large width, we needed four valances, but the seams hide behind matching fabric tapes.
Organic light cylinders illuminate the sidelines while the other side of the room features a built-in bar with a collection of the homeowner’s souvenirs worldwide.
British West Indies Dining Room Ideas
In the British West Indies style dining room, we defined a backdrop wall. Starting with a clean white chair rail & wall frame arrangement around the room’s perimeter and a soothing gray-blue color reminiscent of the ocean in the early morning.
DINING ROOM INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT COST: $26,657
Television Media Room Ideas
Converting an extra bedroom to a media room gave our client the separation of the formal living room where the adults can talk while the grandchildren watch movies or play games.
About Navy & White Custom Sectional Sofa
Presenting custom furniture ideas to meet our interior design client’s lifestyle needs was critical. They needed plenty of sleeping spaces, and custom furniture was a necessity. In the media room, we recommended a navy sofa with crisp white piping (also known as welt).
Our custom furniture is all built to order to give our clients hundreds of visual and functional choices. In this case, the client opted not to have a pull-out sofa bed in the sectional, yet the sofa could have given additional beds for further extra sleeping quarters.
Sun Porch, Sunroom & Balcony Furnishing Ideas
Decorating a nice-sized, deep closed in the balcony is like decorating a sun porch in most homes. To convert the interior to an exterior living space easily is easy pushing open the sliding glass doors or opening NanaWalls.
Outdoor Kitchen Ideas | Home Decor Ideas 2020
In this Marco Island luxury condominium, there was space for a nice size outdoor kitchen. Our clients find the balcony an amazingly comfortable entertaining area because there was room for a grill, hood vent, wine cooler, and bar sink.
The caned & hand-carved leather chairs pair nicely with the bamboo table duals for cards, board games, bunko, or dinner. The all-natural black and white cowhide rug are super easy to clean up spills and provides a soft place for Florida bare feet after a day of walking on the beach.
Power Room Ideas With Fresh Water Clamshell Mirror | Home Decor Ideas 2020
A toile pattern in the powder room tells the Colonial era’s story and the path to the islands. The Colonial blue and crisp whites make the perfect background for the freshwater clamshell mirror in the center of two modern chrome scones with silk fabric shades.
To further bring in British West Indies style, we added an organic twisted & weave basket for the trash bin. The Florida Design magazine is for photo purposes only.
Butler’s Pantry Ideas
The basketweave marble tile painted with the modern cabinets and traveler’s collectibles provides the homeowners with a great place to mix a drink, reminisce, and easily incorporate their shell & Venetian glass collection.
What types of species and materials are considered British West Indies Style?
Breathable, organic fabrics and materials are the best options to consider to obtain a British West Indies Style from the trade routes from Europe and Asia; here are the most common elements found in British West Indies Style Homes:
- Hardwoods such as teak, mahogany, & mango
- Woven basketweave
- Wicker furniture
- Rattan furniture
- Plantation shutters or bamboo shades windows.
- Grasscloth wall coverings
- Thatched inserts in furniture.
- Tropical plants and greenery
- Mosquito netting
- Woven seagrass baskets
What colors are typically used in British West Indies Style Homes?
British West Indies style homes are typically light colors or off-white, such as pale yellows, greens, and blues. These hues are set off by darker wood tones. Stucco or textured walls are typical in British West Indies style homes.
What prints are used in British West Indies Style Homes?
The use of corals and cobalt colors were also embraced and highlighted with equally bright and colorful fabrics. Textiles such as fine silk, chintz, cotton, and linen are prevalent. Floral patterns, toiles patterns, and exotic tropical plant prints were especially popular for art, furniture, draperies, throws, pillows, and bedding.
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