If you’ve embraced the high end, luxury gated community lifestyle of southwest Florida, then no doubt you’ve had the chance to enjoy social gatherings within the refined atmosphere and magnificent amenities of your community’s clubhouse. If your clubhouse is ready for a facelift, however, here are some ideas to keep in mind as you discuss plans with the community Board.
INCORPORATE GREEN SPACE
Bringing in a bit of the outdoors will do wonders to your open spaces. From succulents on tables in seating areas to giant floor plants tastefully placed, the color livens up the room as well as adding the health benefits of live greenery. Consider stately trees of approximately ten-foot height to maximize vaulted ceilings. Doors featuring windowpanes will allow the use of natural light flow, and single pane windows will improve the view overlooking an outside pool or patio area.
When Clive Daniel Hospitality renovated Naples’ Vanderbilt Gulfside Condominiums in early 2020, Nancy Woodhouse, IDS, Clive Daniel Home’s VP of Hospitality and Business Development shared, “We incorporated a modern twist to a coastline property, perfect synergy from the outdoors to the interiors, creating a timeless lifestyle with soothing colors. We introduced natural elements like the teak root cocktail table centralized in each lobby.”
Green remodeling of your lighting is also an eco-friendly option. Consider replacing incandescent compact with fluorescent or halogen bulbs, as they use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times as long. Skylights, solar tubes, light shelves, and clerestory windows will also increase natural lighting in the clubhouse, thereby decreasing the need for artificial lighting. Plus, more natural lighting means a more comfortable, pleasing, and inviting environment.
USE LARGE, APPEALING FURNITURE
Current trends in clubhouse furniture point toward going slightly oversized and comfortable in the clubhouse setting, which promotes a welcoming feeling that also encourages people to spend time there. Dwell.com confirms that “fat furniture” is an up and coming look. Think curvy shapes and upholstered pieces like sofas, divans, and occasional chairs in sometimes asymmetrical designs. As Dwell puts it, “In 2020, rounded is the new right angle.”
CONSIDER UPDATED CLASSICS
While tile has always been popular for its lower cost and higher durability, design options for tile have grown in recent years, further cementing its place in luxury, high-end clubhouses in Naples and Boca Raton. On the other coast, Ft. Lauderdale-based JCFloors insists that tile that looks like wood, or made from concrete, stone, and marble are popular choices in clubhouse settings, not only because of the beautiful, contemporary look, but also due to the practicality of floor tiles for heavy foot traffic.
Clive Daniel’s hospitality division keeps all aspects of the clubhouse update in mind. Company interior designer Michael Blum, ASID, oversaw a clubhouse renovation at Coronado Ocean Club in Highland Beach, Florida in 2019. He recalls, “We created a fresh, contemporary look with selections of new furnishings for the living, dining, and card rooms as well as the TV area, veranda, café and concierge desk.”
MAKE AN IMPACT USING A STATEMENT PIECE
Choose a standout piece to grab attention, be it furniture, an accent piece or lighting, for example. In Santa Fe, NM, The Crosby Club overhauled their clubhouse recently, using a statement chandelier hanging from wood beams as a central focus point.
INCLUDE A PAINT JOB
It seems the most logical part of a renovation. Whatever changes and updates you do, include a paint job every time. “One hundred percent: paint,” advises Design Director Shana Jacobs in a clubhouse-focused article for Multifamily Executive. “Keep it tonal, but mix in flat and semi-gloss paint with the trim and the wall. Vary your finishes.”
The Clive Daniel Hospitality team, which completes high-end luxury renovations in clubhouses throughout southwest Florida and the U.S., is comprised of seasoned design professionals specializing in hospitality and commercial projects. Visit our showroom or contact us to discuss your update. You’ll love the transformation!
[email protected] or call 239-261-4663, ext.7852.in our Naples showroom has a wealth of ideas for your clubhouse. For more information, please reach out to Maryanne at