Key West-Style Homes
Playful seaside hues and fanciful design details enliven the cute cottages found on Florida's Key West island.
By: Angela Ringo
Key West, or Conch, cottages feature fanciful elements like slim columns topped with decorative wooden details. Tropical and playful hues express a carefree attitude.
Key West cottages are often surrounded by lathe-turned picket fences that wrap around the entire structure. Blooming bushes add a visual pop and fresh contrast to fancifully painted homes.
Large Key West resorts showcase seaside-inspired hues like light cerulean blue, pale salmon pink and sand-colored shades. Victorian gingerbread architecture, such as the hand-carved latticework and decorative porch brackets, accentuate the whimsical look of this house.
An Abundance of Greenery
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is one of the main attractions in Key West's historic district. A verdant range of greenery lends this two-story Spanish Colonial a truly tropical feel.
Tropical Heat Protection
Louvered shutters protect against severe tropical heat while encouraging air circulation inside the home. A full-sized front porch creates a perfect shady spot to enjoy the outdoor view.