Key West Homes

Get the laid-back look of South Florida with inspiration from these island homes.

Neutral Living Room

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Faded and Fabulous

A warm palette of cream, beige, and taupe is a natural fit for this living room’s vintage style. Geometric shapes, such as the honeycomb pattern on the throw pillows or the trellis motif on the rug, add a graphic punch to the muted palette. A range of textures also enlivens the space.

Modern Vintage Kitchen

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Modern Vintage

The kitchen’s iridescent mosaic tile backsplash, capiz shell pendant light fixture, and îpe hardwood floors, lends an authentic feel thanks to their tropical island style. The large-scale fixtures paired with the dark wood floors, all-white walls, countertops, and cabinetry give the classic materials a touch of the unexpected.

Master Bedroom Upholstered Headboard

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Bold Statement

To make the headboard in the master bedroom, designer Blair Gordon enlarged a photograph of an antique French mirror, laser-cut a piece of wood to match the shape, and upholstered it in a large-scale print. Nailhead trim not only echoes the detailing of the side tables but also highlights the headboard’s oversize, dramatic silhouette.

Bunk Room with Mounted Sailfish

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Iconic Symbol

Nothing says “beach house” like a wall-mounted sailfish. In the bunk room, this coastal icon gets a modern overhaul with glossy white paint. The nautical bunks also got the white paint treatment.

Key West Cabana

Photo: Tria Giovan

Old World Style

This Key West cabana is framed by heavy canvas draperies tied back with raffia-and-shell tassels. Old and new pieces of rattan furniture sit under its vaulted ceiling. The homeowner picked up the antique daybed at a yard sale for $20.

Tropical design can be modern, traditional, a little bohemian, or even all of these together.

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Well-Blended

Tropical design can be modern, traditional, a little bohemian, or even all of these together. Here, an Akari paper lantern by 20th-century artist Isamu Noguchi lends a modern edge, while a white-and-blue scheme create a classic coastal undercurrent. Traditional velvet trimmed curtains with tiebacks soften the look and provide a visual divide between living and dining areas.

An open floorplan allows this dining room to live large, and white furniture and walls make it feel more spacious.

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Small Wonder

While this Key West cottage may be little, its open floor plan allows it to live large. Dressing small spaces in white also gives them a more spacious feel. Turquoise floors made of treated deck lumber hold up to the inevitable sand and salt water.

White walls, upholstery, and accents allow a spectrum of ocean blues to pop.

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Real Simple

Although many Key West interiors pay homage to Hemingway-esque dark wood interiors, these homeowners opted for a lighter feel. White walls, upholstery, and accents allow a spectrum of ocean blues to pop. In this user-friendly kitchen, pared-down appliances and open shelving allow for quick meals on the stovetop or outdoor grill.

Gauzy netting can be draped over the bed to lend a dreamlike quality to this master bedroom.

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Jungle Room

Gauzy netting can be draped over the bed to lend a dreamlike quality to this master bedroom, while vintage Key West memorabilia―old photos, prints, paintings, books, pottery, and bottles―pay homage to the island’s history

Refinished original Dade County pine, now an endangered native species, adds rich vintage warmth to a 19th-century home.

Photographer Jean Allsopp

Memory Maker

Refinished original Dade County pine, now an endangered native species, adds rich vintage warmth to a 19th-century home. Charming furnishings such as art from various flea markets personalize the home and make the décor appear as if it was collected over time.

Louvered shutters, echoed by the bath cabinets, provide privacy and filter sunlight throughout the house.

Photographer Robert Mauer

Seaside Oasis

Louvered shutters, echoed by the bath cabinets, provide privacy and filter sunlight throughout the house.

This Key West bedroom emits a distinct West Indies feel.

Photographer Robert Mauer

Colonial Cool

This Key West bedroom emits a distinct West Indies feel. Transoms improve circulation, inviting breezes into this suite. Informal furnishings, such as an iron bed, underscore the home’s casual architecture.

Bold artwork and pillows accent furniture slipcovered in white.

Photographer Troy Campbell

Can’t-Miss Color

Funky island-y accessories fill this laid-back living space anchored by a coral-inspired coffee table for the ultimate always-on-vacation vibe. Bold artwork and pillows accent furniture slipcovered in white.

A glass door and touches of green bring the tropical landscape into this kitchen.

Photographer Troy Campbell

Artful Display

Hundreds of hand-placed shells form a textured backsplash in this crafty kitchen. A glass door and touches of green bring the tropical landscape indoors.

White linens pop against aqua walls in this master bedroom.

Photographer Troy Campbell

Water Accessible

White linens pop against aqua walls in this master bedroom, where mini tiles lining the sink and tub in the adjacent bath also celebrate the color of the salty sea.

A vintage Heywood-Wakefield bamboo furniture set feels crisply shipshape with cushions covered in marine-blue fabric and white piping.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Classic Throwback

On the porch, a pavilion-like roof shelters an outdoor living area complete with sofa, armchairs, and a rug. The vintage Heywood-Wakefield bamboo furniture set feels crisply shipshape with cushions covered in marine-blue fabric and white piping.

Furniture covered in outdoor fabric allow the room to stand up to the elements—including wet swimsuits.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Natural Look

This living room blurs the line between indoors and out with high windows and folding doors that open onto an L-shape porch. Furniture covered in outdoor fabric allow the room to stand up to the elements―including wet swimsuits.

The contrast of light and dark furnishings, the wide variety of textures, and the use of humble materials all lend tactile impact.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Easy Living

In the sunlight-filled living room, a mix of old and new elements to gives the room character. The contrast of light and dark furnishings, the wide variety of textures, and the use of humble materials all lend tactile impact. White bookcases with walnut shelves suggest nautical ladders.

The chairs' woven-leather backs add rustic sophistication, while lime-green fabric with blue accents adorns seat cushions.

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Upbeat Design

Blue beaded-board walls and cabinet are cheerful counterpoints to the rich, chocolate-brown hardwood flooring and barstools. The chairs' woven-leather backs add rustic sophistication, while lime-green fabric with blue accents adorns seat cushions.

Natural pine floors, walls, and ceilings preserves the cottage’s retro, lived-in look. Vintage furniture adds to the casual feel.

Photographer Troy Campbell

Island Escape

The vibrant interiors of this Key West living area put guests into an island state of mind. Natural pine floors, walls, and ceilings preserves the cottage’s retro, lived-in look. Vintage furniture adds to the casual feel.

Bold print throw pillows and local artwork encourage the whimsical atmosphere, while French doors invite visitors onto the spacious deck and lush garden.

Photographer Troy Campbell

Prime Location

Painted aqua and pink, the dining table and chairs make a playful statement. Bold print throw pillows and local artwork encourage the whimsical atmosphere, while French doors invite visitors onto the spacious deck and lush garden.

A window opening onto the porch makes passing snack and drinks a cinch.

Photographer Steven Brooke

Storage Savvy

Festive barware lines shelves and fills cabinets in this fun space. A window opening onto the porch makes passing snack and drinks a cinch.

Plenty of seating allows for family dinners or cocktail parties.

Photographer Steven Brooke

Party Ready

A parade of daiquiri-inspired colors set this porch in motion. Plenty of seating allows for family dinners or cocktail parties.

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