Key West Style

A backyard full of Key West style

I get it.  When you are not in Key West, all you do is think about Key West.  Why not try to bring some Key West style to your own backyard.  So, when your chilling out on a sunny afternoon, you can feel like you are in the tropics… sort of.

What’s step one?  Go wild with the color.  Every cool home in Key West is covered in color.  The brighter the better.  So, choose bright, tropical colors… and be creative.

Key West Style
A little whimsy is alway welcome…. remember no one takes life too seriously in Key West.

This backyard has three different colors; coral, seafoam and sea blue.  All together each corner of the yard gives a little hint of Key West.  But, where do you find such cool tables and chairs?  These were found at a local box home improvement store (think Lowe’s or Home Depot).  These, were originally wait for it…. plain beige…. Yep, boring beige.  But with the new spray paint, those boring, inexpensive plastic chairs and tables can be any color you want.

Key West style
A little spray paint adds a lot of color…

Key West style

A solar light will add a ambiance at night
A solar light will add a ambiance at night

Lowe’s carries an indoor/outdoor spray paint made by Valspar, and it looks great on these chairs and tables.  There was no priming or sanding, just wash down the chairs to remove any dirt and then spray.  To make the chairs look nice, do several light coats.  This will keep the paint from running.  The paint drys pretty quickly, but be sure to let them cure overnight before you use them.

a quiet spot and a garden flag for color
A quiet spot and a garden flag for color
Key West style
Words to live by…don’t you agree?

Step two add color is with tropical plants.  I know some areas of the country your weather just isn’t warm enough so pick flowers that are full of vibrate, tropical colors.  Then plant them in bright pots… again just bringing in all of those wonderful Key West colors.

a beautiful gardenia
A beautiful gardenia
Key West style
Pops of tropical color
more color
More color
Key West style
See how this corner is brightened with a coral side table and pops of floral colors

This yard has a gardenia… giving the area a nice tropical smell.  The other flowers provide great pockets of color.  Nothing says the Caribbean like hummingbirds.  Be sure to put a few around to attract these hungry little birds.  Instead of buying the hummingbird food full of dyes and chemicals, make your own.  Simply dissolve 1/4 cup of sugar into 1 cup of water.  I heat the water to just a simmer and then let the mixture cool to room temperature before I fill the feeders.

Key West style
A butterfly garden adds more color

key west style

Third add a butterfly garden.  This is another great reminder of Key West.  Fill a patch of yard full of perennials that attract beautiful butterflies.  Here you can see cone flowers, lilies, daisies and bee balm.  Again, another area of the yard full of wonderful colors.

 

Key West style
Of course… every Key West garden needs a cat!

 

Leave a Comment