How to Beautify Your Home with Tropical Decor


Tropical interiors are a huge trend right now, with island living being something that many aspire to. Yet if retiring to a private island isn’t quite within your grasp just yet, there are many ways in which you can inject a dose of tropical inspiration. We’ve come up with some easy ways to beautify your home with tropical decor, from little to large projects.

Green is Good

The Pantone colour of the year is Greenery and nothing spells tropical style more than green plants. From the structural shapes of Monastera and rubber tree plants to softer ferns, there’s something for everyone. Try mixing different styles of tropical plants together for a lush jungle ambiance. Plant them in terracotta, rattan or wicker pots or hang them from the ceiling in macrame baskets – they’re making a come-back! Remember to spray them regularly with a water bottle to increase humidity and your tropical house plants will thrive.

 Tropical interior style at Kanopi House in Jamaica
Day Dream

Take inspiration from tropical homes or hotels, such as the luxurious Kanopi House treehouse in Jamaica, and consider investing in a day bed – perfect for lounging around! Here, the island vibe has been further enhanced with a subtle seashell fabric. The dark wood day beds contrast beautifully with the white fabric and green accessories.

Tropical interior at Kanopi House, a treehouse hotel in Port Antonio, Jamaica
Bring the Outdoors In

Isn’t this outdoor bathroom stunning with its roll-top bath and rain shower? We spotted it recently at GoldenEye, the iconic luxury resort in Jamaica where Ian Fleming penned his James Bond novels. Having said that, not everyone lives in a climate where an outdoor bathroom is practical or desirable. So how about installing a high tech rain shower inside your home instead? If you accessorize with stone or wooden furniture then you could almost believe you were outdoors. Complete the look with a free-standing wooden towel ladder, unless you have young children in which case it’s better to opt for a securely fixed rail.

Tropical home decor at GoldenEye private villa - formerly the home of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, in Jamaica
Play with Colour

While green is a key element in any tropical look, don’t forget to throw a few contrasting colours into the mix. Team hot pink with turquoise for a vibrant look or paint your garden furniture in bright shades for an instant pick me up, like these loungers at GoldenEye.

GoldenEye luxury hotel - formerly the home of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, in Jamaica
Keep Your Cool

If you’re lucky to live in a hot climate or if you just want to emulate tropical home decor, then a ceiling fan is a great investment. There’s something so relaxing about watching the blades whir away. In the former study of Ian Fleming at GoldenEye, the white panelled walls standing out against the dark wooden shutters. Notice also the softly curving shapes of the chairs, stools and plant pots contrasting with the angular tables, picture frames and shelves. Tropical furniture made from rattan, wicker and bamboo looks good in most homes, being lightweight and sturdy.

Tropical decor at the office of Ian Fleming in Jamaica
Create a Romantic Atmosphere

Bedrooms in particular lend themselves well to tropical home decor. For an elegant island vibe, add billowing muslin curtains to your bed. You can either install a four poster bed frame such as this one in the beautiful Alila Ubud, Bali or simply opt for a muslin bed canopy. It’s a lovely look for a children’s bedroom too!

Tropical style at Alila Ubud Bali
Tropical Decor – Party Time!

If you don’t fancy changing your whole decor and want a temporary injection of tropical style, consider hosting a tropical themed party instead. What about flamingo sunglasses or Hawaiian paper leis to hand out to guests and get the part started? If you have a pool then animal inflatables are a must. For your table setting, go bold with tropical decorations such as palm leaf plates and cocktail umbrellas. Use hollowed out pineapples as serving bowls and dish up ceviche, tacos and other tropical treats. For more tropical decor ideas, see our selection below.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips from our travels for tropical decor ideas. We would love to hear how you have injected island style into your own home. Which of these tips would you most like to try?

Beautify Your Home with Tropical Decor

  • I love the photos you’ve used in this post. I love to add colour into my home, it makes me feel so much better. These are some great tips for tropical decor 🙂

    • Suze

      I agree that colour is a real mood booster, Olivia! Glad that you enoyed the post

  • Jinzo_2400

    I like the layout of the rooms…..my house is laid out in orange and creamy white,of course that is cheetah fur so I rather think your color scheme is much more fitting. Question,how/what would you use to clean the wood?

    • Suze

      I love orange but I hate fur! It’s best to use a good old mop to clean the wood floors but with a microfibre pad that you can put in the washing machine.

  • Mellissa Williams

    You’ve chosen some great tropical items. Always nice to have some colourful decor in your home

    • Suze

      I agree that colourful decor really brightens up a home, Melissa

  • Lucy

    I love this! Using tropical plants can really bring a kind of vintage glamour to a room too 🙂 I really wanted to use them in my wedding decor but my family laughed at me for wanting to use “potted plants”. I’ll have to show them that I was actually really on trend… ! xxx
    Lucy

  • I love the idea of using inspiration from your travels to decorate your home.

    • Suze

      If I could, I would have each room themed as a different country!

  • Love this post Suze! I’m a big fan of day beds – I hadn’t actually considered buying one for home. Billowing muslin curtains are beautiful too

    • Suze

      A day bed is perfect for lounging around on, isn’t it!

  • Laura Dove

    What gorgeous ideas! I love the idea of adding in tropical items to home décor. It makes it feel very exotic and as though I would be on holiday 24-7!

    • Suze

      Wouldn’t it be great to be on a permanent holiday! At least with tropical decor we can get that illusion 😉

  • Such great inspiration Suze! I am loving all the white upholstery and wooden floors / windows, it is such a great contrast.

    Ash

    • Suze

      White is so relaxing and I agree, the dark wood makes a great contrast

  • francesca

    Ahhh I love this post!! We have recently been adding more green plants to the house and it feels amazing and looks so much closer to what we want!!

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I love the tropical decor. Reminds me a lot of being on holiday

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I love rattan, wicker and bamboo for conservatories it works really well there. Plants can really add to the appearance of a room.

  • Love these tips, I’m in the process of redecorating my place and I’m trying to bring in as much greenery as possible x

  • Love the idea of bringing outdoors in… just maybe not in UK climat 🙂

  • I’m naturally attracted to earth tones with lots of greenery so these ideas certainly appeal. As I just moved into a new home I am deciding what colour my bedroom will be. I certainly want to feel like I’m sleeping in a comfortable relaxed space so these ideas are food for thought.

  • Such beautiful decor! I live on an island, but I’m afraid it’s not a tropical one – quite the opposite direction in fact, lol! Still, I’d love to decorate like this.

  • Great tips, I have a lot more wooden furniture than I used to and love how it makes a room to feel more natural.

  • I need that ceiling chair from ciel. the material is beautiful!

  • Great decoration tips – I love to brighten up the home with some greenery, it makes such a difference!

    Miriam xx
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  • Plants, mirrors, bedding and throws can make such a difference. Some beautiful pics Lucy x

  • Beth

    Great photos and great tips too. I love to add green to our home. x