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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?