Tropical style is fun, fresh and spiritually uplifting. And the good news is, you don’t have to live in Rio de Janeiro to pull it off with aplomb. Time to unleash your wild side…
Bring some sunshine into your home with an injection of these tropical decorating ideas. Both relaxing and uplifting, tropical decor is a big interior design trend for the new season and will add bags of personality to your rooms. Think of Mediterranean summers, a Hawaiian landscape – and a big dose of kitsch.
With a tropical theme, you really need to think outside the box: This is floral design, but not as you know it. Clashing colours, a mix of prints and sleek modern textures will all add up to a totally tropical room.
1. Be as daring as you like
Tropical decorating is all about the wow factor. These yellowy shades naturally freshen and energise a space, while keeping the vibe cool and calm. They work brilliantly in rooms that overlook outdoor spaces, blurring the lines between inside and outdoors. Use darker, blue greens and pure yellows to create a subtle, layered scheme, or go as vibrant as you dare with splashes of pink.
2. Create a serene scene
Mid-weight greens are great for setting a calm and creative scene. Balance out the bright colour with warm greys and natural wood. Try painting a neutral band around this room to break up colour. This is a clever trick if all-over colour is too much for you.
3. Turn your urban garden into a party hot-spot
Give your garden a hot pop of Miami colour. This slice of urban garden is cleverly designed in receding sections of decking, seating, hedge, lawn and raised bed, which create the illusion of depth as they fade into the distance. Intricate planting makes the best possible use of the small and unusual space. The white concrete retaining wall has been customised into a vibrant tropical bench and the colourful flamboyant flamingo ornaments have made the sunny corner their home.
4. Factor in a natural contrast
Reclaimed or limed oak furniture looks relaxed and rustic with palm greens. For a smarter, more polished look, go for black-stained wood finished instead. Finish the tropical look with pretty accessories that can be easily changed as often as your like.
5. Mix exuberant leafy prints with modern furniture
Work in a taste of the tropics with an abundance of palm and fern prints, set against a charcoal backdrop. Mid-century style furniture gives this space a retro vibe. Mix and match design classics, such as these Eames ‘Eiffel’ chairs, for an informal contemporary look. Choose colours that stand out in the bold scheme.
6. Go totally tropical and mark out a chill-out zone
Re-create that relaxed holiday feeling with an indoor green haven, using colourful printed cushions and walls that evoke azure skies and crystal blue waters. This modern ethnic bedroom corner – in a plethora of tropical tones – has the added playful addition of a hammock. The two-tone wall effect waves from pale green to vibrant blue and complements the choice of chest, rug and choice of foliage to create an inescapable island vibe that will keep every moment of bedroom relaxation completely and utterly chilled out.
7. Transport yourself to warm Hawaiian shores
For those looking to indulge a love of colour and pattern, this whimsical palm design with its deep sunset pinks and fresh greens serves as an exuberant focal point. Plain bedlinen keeps the look balanced, while a shell pendant hints at distant shores.
8. Channel the classic palm-court vibe
If you want a fresh and outdoor feeling inside your home, look to this modern tropical living room scheme as the ultimate inspiration. The two-toned wall paint effect creates a jagged landscape where the two colours meet. White woven furniture is typical of this look and the choice of upholstery fabric is spot on. Lush plants complete the tropical outdoors look.
9. Play with tactile weaves and leafy patterns
A circular table partnered with pretty upholstered stools is a good choice for maintaining the streamlined feel of an open-plan living space, while the simple rattan lampshade will cast playful shadows for atmospheric dining.
10. Wake up with exotic patterns and vibrant colours
A burst of sunny, vibrant colours and exotic fruit prints is a refreshing look to wake up to. A traditional canopy over a bed can run from stark and serious to playful and funny and nowhere is it quirkier than in the form of this giant single leaf incarnation. A vibrant headboard print is an authentic injection of the tropical look, but the pale pastel green wall, solid bedding and calming safari-inspired touches are a brilliant balance to the potentially overwhelming print. Note, with a print this busy, it’s best to keep the furniture lines and background simple – we’re looking to create a relaxing vibe, not a total riot of colour and shapes.
11. Give a traditional scheme a tropical twist
Who says you can’t mix contemporary trends with traditional furnishings? Create an exotic vibe with leaf motifs, natural textures and bold colours. Blend rich greens with natural materials for a totally tropical mix. Keep the mood hot and fiery with an abundance of pineapple and tropical bird-print accessories for a true taste of the Amazon rainforest.
12. Wow with vivid wallpaper
Dare to be bold with your hallway scheme. Hallways are designed to be passed through rather than hung around in, which means you can be braver with your colour and pattern choices than you can in any other room in the house. Here, a vibrant tropical wallpaper sits pretty alongside a bright, striped stair runner and eclectic colourful ornaments. Repeating the hot pink throughout the scheme holds everything together. The parrot wall sconces ‘perched’ in the wallpaper trellis are a witty finishing touch.
Will you be taking the tropical trend into your home with these tropical decorating ideas?