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Designing the Coastal Florida Beach House Patio of Your Dreams

If coastal interior design is your vibe and you’re looking for beach style backyard design ideas to upgrade your Florida beach house patio in 2024, you’ve come to the right place! From outdoor kitchen decor and fire pits to dining area details and general covered or outdoor patio ideas, there is an infinite number of ways to bring your Florida backyard to life and make it a hosting haven!  

Whether you want to include smaller upgrades like planters and sunshades or tackle larger projects like integrating a new fireplace or a pergola, Saltsy has you covered. So join us and read on for some unique coastal patio ideas you’ll love and won’t find anywhere else!

Patio Ideas and Inspiration: How to Use Your Space

Just as you would with an interior space, you’ll want start by to first considering how you plan to use your outdoor living space and assessing how much space you have to work with before you get too far perusing patio ideas. Start by thinking about your lifestyle: Do you like to barbecue and entertain? Play outdoor games? Have kids and and want a play area? Is an outdoor bar and hot tub more your scene? Questions like these will help you understand the scope of work you plan to undertake. Here are some idea starters for how you may want to break up your space to fit your lifestyle:

  • The Great Room: This is your outdoor living room. Comfy seating, an area rug on stone pavers, and cozy pillows are great start to making this space perfect for intimate gatherings.
Patio Ideas
Photo Credit: JASON DONNELLY
Outdoor Living Room
Photo Credit: Fernleaf Transitional Beach Style Patio, Orange County

  • The Outdoor Kitchen: The outdoor kitchen rivals the indoor kitchen these days! Go bold with anything from a wood fired pizza oven or ice machine, to beverage fridges and dual-grills.
Outdoor Kitchen
Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

  • Dining Space: An outdoor dining set is key to hosting gatherings outdoors — or even just cozy hangouts with your family. Make a statement and add a pergola, awning or trellis if you want to protect this space from the elements. Bonus point for string lights that add the perfect touch of ambiance!
Dining set wood plank ceiling
Photo Credit: Ralph Lauren
Concrete Countertops
Photo Credit: Christiano Homes

  • The Fire Pit: Fire pits come in all shapes and sizes these days. If you’re adding a fire element, try to incorporate one that is interesting and aligned with your style. Fire pit materials vary, but metal, brick, stone, and concrete options are all readily available.
Fire Pit
Photo Credit: TRIA GIOVAN; STYLIST: CJ SANDGREN
Outdoor Fire Pit
Photo Credit: Emily Henderson Design

  • Time for Play: Whether it’s an ideal party mecca for adults or a family-friendly game-haven, having a space to break out fun games (rain or shine!) is always a great Florida beach house patio feature. It’s important to incorporate specialty patio materials (think: smooth stone pavers or faux grass) if you plan to integrate games or other unique entertainment features, so think about this one early!
Outdoor Living Spaces
Backyard Florida Patio Design

  • Water Space: You may or may not have or want space for a pool, but you can still create a serene experience by adding a water feature to your outdoor space. Consider fountains, a cold plunge, hot tub, or even a rain screen with integrated plants. Any of these will give your coastal Florida beach house patio a luxurious, retreat-like feel!
Outdoor Water Space
Photo credit: @californiawaterscapes
Waterfall wall near patio chairs and fire pit. Photo by Instagram user @interiorfrugalista
Photo credit: @interiorfrugalista

  • Zen Zone: The beach and coastal living is often touted for its positive effect on mental health. Creating a patio design that supports a seaside Zen-type of experience may be just the ticket to the serene space you’re looking for. From yoga mats and pillows to hammocks and meditation pavilions, this serene space could become anything you dream it to be.
Armstrong Landscape Design Group
Photo Credit: Armstrong Landscape Design Group
Outdoor Hammock For Backyard Relaxing

Coastal Details & Design Ideas for Your Florida Beach House Patio

When it comes to outfitting your coastal inspired outdoor living space, it’s all in the details! Whether you have an extravagant or more basic Florida beach house patio, incorporating a variety of coastal inspired elements can instantly transform your space into a tranquil retreat. Below is a curated a list of design and decorating ideas for a variety of spaces that will bring the natural beauty of the coast right to your backyard!

Furniture: Sofas, Coffee Tables, Side Tables, and Rugs

For outdoor spaces, comfortable seating is key. We always recommend weatherproof furniture, such as a wicker or teak with removable cushions that will hold up to the elements. Rattan is also an aesthetically fitting option, but ensure it’s synthetic as genuine rattan won’t hold up outdoors — especially in Florida’s hot and humid climate.

Abaco Resin Wicker Outdoor Sofa
Capri Outdoor Armchair and Sofa
Outdoor Sofa

Once you’ve found the perfect seating set, add in details that will amplify your relaxation. Coffee and side tables in a coordinating material or furniture pieces that mimic the feel of an indoor living room can do wonders for making outdoor space feel comfortable. 

Outdoor Oval Coffee Table
Outdoor Round Side Table
Outdoor Coffee Table

Finally, tie it all together with an outdoor area rug. Pick a hue that brings in the seaside vibe. We love the Ivory and Navy Seashell Rug with its nautical theme. If textural is your look, a herringbone pattern or a wave pattern are great options.

Outdoor Rug
Coastal Blue Indoor/Outdoor Rug
Abstract Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Amp Up the Outdoors: Integrate Plants and Flowers on Your Florida Beach House Patio

Greenery is a natural and wonderful benefit of having a Florida backyard — it’s just a lush and inviting part of the landscape year-round. To enhance this greenhouse-like perk on your patio, try integrating something fun and different like wall planters with succulents or tiered hanging planters. This one by Half Light Honey on Etsy makes us think of seashells and the waves all at the same time. For a modern look, try the Portside Wall Planter from West Elm. If something more organic is your speed, these Marotta Metal Wall Planters are a great alternative.

Teal & White 3-Tiered Hanging Planter with hand-carved
Portside Wood Wall Planter
Marotta Metal Wall Planter

   

Patio Dining in Style

Once you’ve decided if you’ll have dining or cocktail hour furniture for your Florida beach house patio, glow up your serving pieces. If you’re serving food outdoors often think about place settings that add personality. From sea life inspired appetizer or dinner plates to table runners and center pieces, the options are endless!

Natural Driftwood and Blown Glass Double Bowl Decor
School of Fish Blue Coupe Dinner Plate
Blue Crab Appetizer Plates
Chilewich - Wave Runners

 

While you may want to add a  pergola, awning, or trellis, it might not work with your budget or backyard. If that’s the case, don’t overlook an umbrella as a solution! Birch Lane’s Waddell 120″ umbrella is a great solution in a multitude of colors and the Furio 130″ Umbrella provides a more organic aesthetic with its curved post. Both will protect your Florida beach house patio fun from harsh rays and afternoon storms.

Waddell 120'' Cantilever Outdoor Umbrella
Furio 130'' Detachable Aluminum Offset Patio Cantilever Umbrella With Base

 

When lighting your dining space, think about how you’ll primarily use it. If it’s evening dinner parties, go for a dimmable outdoor fan. If it’s more casual backyard patio cocktail parties, string lights may set the scene. If you’re looking for ultimate casual — think pebble path to a secluded dining table — maybe some modern tiki torches are the right solution!

Outdoor Fan
Plug-in String Light
Mesa Torch

 

Fun Accessories for Every Seaside Backyard Patio

Accessories are the greatest way to add in a personal touch to your Florida beach house patio that reflects your design aesthetic. If your home is more coastal farmhouse, rustic beach, or even modern palm beach – your accessories can bring it to life.

Bringing the Coastal Farmhouse Feel Outdoors

For a coastal farmhouse look, some chic floor lanterns may be just the ticket. We also love the idea of bringing in some wall decor with coordinates, whether it’s celebrating your home or your favorite seaside destination. Lastly, soften things up with some decorative pillows to add some extra comfort! 

West Elm Natural Coastal Lanterns
Latitude Longitude Sign
Pottery Barn: Get the Look: Weather the Blues

     

A Perfectly Rustic Seaside Patio

For a more rustic beach aesthetic, this Starfish Wreath from Grandin Road brings in natural sea life and texture. You could even splurge on some authentic looking pilings to integrate around your patio space. To bring the sounds of the sea home with you, a coastal wind chime will amplify the sounds of the breeze. 

Coastal Starfish Wreath
Nautical Pilings Rustic Pine Wood
White Round Capiz Shell Wind Chime

 

Sleek Stylings that Channel a Modern Palm Beach

In a modern Palm Beach backyard, make a nod to the nautical with sleekness. These Mid-Century Wood Lanterns are giving lighthouse vibes and some creative wall art can really bring life to your backyard patio. This modern driftwood candelabra speaks the language of the sea while fitting right in with your decor.

West Elm Mid-Century Wood Lanterns
Coastal Large Metal Wall
Driftwood candelabra

Enjoy Your Florida Beach House Patio!

Creating the the coastal Florida beach house patio design of your dreams doesn’t mean a complete remodel — with a little planning and creativity and some interior design ingenuity, you can get the outdoor oasis you always wanted, and enjoy that Florida sunshine in style!

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