An attractive lanai can be hard to find, luckily we have some great porch style tips for you!
The lanai could very well be the most important part of the house for many Hawaii residents. It’s the perfect place to have coffee in the cool morning, get a shaded break from the afternoon sun, whip up a delicious meal on the grill, and enjoy a relaxing beverage at the end of a hard day’s work.
Small though they may be, lanais can be easily converted into the most impressive part of your home with some simple porch style tips. Make the best of yours!
Some of our porch style tips…
1. Cover that cement
Most lanais are simply bare cement, rarely attractive, particularly if it hasn’t seen a power washer in several years (or decades… or ever…)
There’s the simple route, a sturdy yet attractive outdoor rug:
There’s the involved-looking yet elegant, something like crushed gravel aside a jenga-like wooden pattern:
And finally there’s the conversation starter – artificial turf!
2. Brighten up the place
Absolutely necessary if you plan on enjoying evening meals or cocktails… step up from the stark, bright light most outdoor floodlights give off with something a bit more intimate.
The cheap but effective, string up some Christmas lights:
The slightly less cheap but much nicer looking, globe string lights:
The out-there, recessed lighting. The possibilities are many… combine with other lighting sources for a complex-looking yet brightened lanai!
3. Privacy, if desired
It’s nice to be able to look out upon the city, mountains, fields, whatever lays beyond your home from your lanai. Random people taking a look into your messy living room, not so nice. Same goes for the bright lights and steady street noise of Honolulu at night.
The simplest way to create some privacy, put up some nice looking yet weather-resistant curtains.
A little bit more resilient and still attractive, roll-up bamboo mats.
For the confirmed privacy seeker – hanging vines. Beautiful, green, but not easily movable.
4. Furnish it!
There seem to be two primary schools of thought on patio furnishings. The first is to maximize the small amount of space on your lanai by putting in slim, space conscious furniture…
The other is to do the reverse, create a cozy, nest-like environment by jam-packing the porch with couches, chairs, fluffy pillows, as much stuff as you can to convert it from balcony to the ultimate outdoor lounge space
The key is to stick to one of these two and commit! Either keep it clear or fill it up, but make sure all furniture is matching or complementary in style, color, etc.
Finally, what sorts of activities you’re into can play a big role in how you trick out your lanai. If you hate the idea of eating outdoors, there’s no need to put in an outdoor table and chairs. If you garden, unleash your green thumb and let Mother Nature do the decorating:
Figure what exactly is not allowed by your landlord/homeowners association, and then go from there. Chances are you have quite a bit of leeway in turning that barren, concrete slab into your own personal oasis.
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