Floridian Design at HGTV Dream Home 2016

From weathered wood to sea-inspired colors, find out how Floridian touches are incorporated into HGTV Dream Home 2016.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Draw Inspiration From Surroundings

Taking cues from local architecture, sunsets and landscapes, the overall look of HGTV Dream Home 2016 is classic with a fresh Floridian twist.

Sun-Faded Finishes

Inspired by the washed-out grays seen in the decking planks of local boardwalks, interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn chose colors with gray undertones to keep hues happy and alive without becoming overly bright or intense.

Floridian Palette

Put a fresh twist on Floridian colors by adding muted grays into the mix along with coral, terra cotta or turquoise tones.

Natural Woods

“While I'm a fan of dark woods, I liked the idea of using natural, light colored woods similar to those seen on the interior of the boardwalk gazebo ceilings,” says Brian.

Pull the Outdoors Inside

To pull the languid blues and grays seen in the bay into the house, Brian took pictures and matched those hues to paint colors.

Test Exterior Paint

Test exterior paint colors to ensure the hues work as well as they did on paper. If you live in a community with a Home Owners Association, have your exterior colors approved by the board first. Boards will often require homeowners to stick to a palette, ensuring no house stands out and becomes an eyesore or disconnected from the surrounding properties.

Read True to Color

Anytime you're working with colors in the teal or gray-green family, test the hues in their environment before tying together coordinating elements. Natural sunlight and surrounding landscapes can cause teals to read blue while gray-greens can sometimes lose their green undertones and come across as gray.

Local Colors

To avoid Floridian clichés, teals and blues are grayed out just enough to be unique and the terra cotta and coral hues are less saturated than usual.