by Giorgina Devereaux
Aloha! Hawaiian decorating welcomes the splendor of the
Hawaiian Islands into your home and offers
the tropical feel and beauty reminiscent of this fantastic getaway.
Hawaii reminds us of plush greenery, lovely flowers, majestic palm trees, the
fresh island breeze, and unforgettable hospitality.
Decorating with Hawaiian decor will bring a refreshing and tranquil feel to your
home, along with unspeakable magnificence that will renew you daily.
Those of us who have been fortunate
enough to experience Hawaii know firsthand what a spectacular destination it is
It’s those fond memories that keep us yearning to return to the beautiful
Hawaiian Islands repeatedly. However, since it’s not always possible to travel
there annually, there are ways to bring a slice of Hawaii into your very own
home. You can achieve this by incorporating the perfect combination of
accessories, furniture, and
art that draws from natural elements.
Consider including colors such as white, sand, pink, and different shades of
blue and green, yellow and orange into your Hawaiian decorating.
These colors bring to mind the fantastic
hues we see in Hawaii with the lovely blue water and extraordinary colorful
Some beautiful flowers to consider are Hibiscus, Bird of Paradise, Red Ginger,
If you want to give your home an even more authentic Hawaiian decorating
touch, you may wish to display a Tiki statue or mask.
With these simple ideas, along with other options that we will explore, you will
be on your way to transforming your home into a spectacular Hawaiian tropical
experience that reflects this beautiful style and aura. The result will be a
relaxing and enjoyable Hawaiian feel that will allow you to relive the fresh
tropical breezes and peaceful island living time and time again.
Hawaiian Decor Ideas
Vibrant colors, such as bright orange, pink,
and green are a reminder of the tropics. Not only do these
colors add energy to the space, but brighter colors deflect sunlight and help
keep the home cooler.
colors to consider are fresh aqua blue, sandy tan, olive green, pale
peach, and pale yellow.
These colors should serve as the primary colors in a
Hawaiian decorating design since they represent natural elements, such as sand, water, and
If you prefer colors that evoke feelings of weathered seaside boardwalks, you
may wish to use pale shades of gray and blend it with the aforementioned colors.
Hawaiian decorating and furniture schemes incorporate the use of red and orange
because they bring tropical flowers to mind.
For the bathroom wall, consider colors consistent with earth tones or oranges,
pinks, and blues.
You may also paint murals on the
walls or go with tropical themed wallpaper and borders that feature palm trees,
pineapple motifs, and floral designs. If bright colors don’t suit your tastes,
consider painting the walls a neutral shade and incorporate color through the
use of accessories.
If you are trying to create an open
feel, painting the walls white will allow you to achieve that.
decorating consists of large and comfortable upholstered pieces. Furniture in
lighter woods can be used, but complement the room better when
combined with dark tables and lamps.
You may also include accent pieces in wicker, bamboo, iron, and rattan. Dark
wood and rattan furniture fit very well with the Hawaiian style.
your home with natural materials, such as rattan will further tie in the
Hawaiian theme and give your home an authentic feel since it is made from a
tropical tree that grows in the jungle.
Rattan is generally used as decoration for wicker style pieces on the sides
of tropical style computer armoires, the sides of writing desks, or the padded
backs of chairs.
It is flexible and durable, with knobby joints that are wrapped
to convey a smooth appearance.
Wicker is a kind of furniture building technique where strands of grass or vines
are woven together. Bamboo is also used on furniture pieces and can be
described as thick grass with a hollow center.
Natural materials like cane, seagrass, water hyacinth,
and banana leaf are often woven to form chairs, sofas, tables, and countless
These materials create sturdy and lightweight furniture, such as computer
armoires, printer cabinets, along with other furniture that is eco-friendly.
Other types of furniture to consider
are those made from ebony, mahogany, and teak since they have that tropical
look. Exotic hardwoods like teak, rosewood, and koa are
also used for furniture and definitely worth considering. Furthermore, Hawaiian
decorating features include ornamental carved motifs, such as pineapples, palm
leaves, trees, and flowers.
The fabrics used in this style should
be soft and lush. Neutral solid colored chenilles are excellent for the major
upholstered pieces, while ottomans and chairs might be upholstered in jungle
prints and leaf designs.
Rugs: For flooring, you may wish to consider hardwood,
such as a dark hardwood or bamboo as well as tile or stone.
You can accent
floors with area rugs in sisal and jute that are woven in natural fibers or by
using mats and rugs made from rattan and seagrass.
This helps keep the Hawaiian
decorating look alive while providing textural interest against the flooring.
Some area rugs to consider include
swinging from palm branches
foliage of the tropics
Underwater and surfing themes
For the bathroom, you may wish to
consider adorning the floor with a mat that is made from teak or that has palm
tree patterns, starfish, and tropical fish.
Lighting: It is important to
have good lighting as part of your Hawaiian decorating, and why not consider lighting fixtures or lamps decorated in
a monkey, leaf, or jungle accents?
The following lighting choices blend nicely with Hawaiian style furniture:
A popular light ceiling fan is one
that consists of a wide blade fan made from rattan or that features palm
paddles. This lighting fixture brings added Hawaiian spirit.
Linens: For bed and
bath linens, look for prints that feature palm trees,
tropical plants with vivid, beautiful native botanicals like Hibiscus, Anthurium,
Orchids, and the Bird of Paradise.
You may also use Thai silks and
floral-printed linens. This brings a punch of color to the room and adds a
splendid tropical feel.
Some of the linens available for the bedroom consist of
Banana leaves and Bird of Paradise on a
background with white shells
yellow, and white shells
sand dollars, and starfish
yellow, or white background monkey print with a striped bedskirt
champagne tone on tone coral reef with tone on tone grass cloth tripe
flamingos on a bright aqua background
There is also an incredible
assortment of bathroom towels and shower curtains with tropical fish designs,
coconut trees, and flamingos, just to name a few. The choices are endless and
Plants and Flowers: Adding
tropical plants is a fabulous way to give your home a flavor of Hawaiian
plants, such as the Areca palm, coconut palm, and Cycas palm perfectly suit this
The use of wicker plant pots to house the plants is a nice finishing touch.
Before proceeding to invest in the purchase of real tropical plants, make sure
you are not allergic to them.
Also, consider what’s involved for the care of
your plant. If you do not wish to care for a plant or tree, consider an
artificial version. Faux plants and trees look close to the real thing, are
virtually maintenance free, and look beautiful year round.
Some beautiful Hawaiian flowers to consider include:
Wall Art: Consider
incorporating wall art that features a Hawaiian theme, such as photos of
Hawaiian natives or ocean reef life.
Other ideas include hanging Tiki masks or
surfboard wall art for that extra Hawaiian effect.
You can also hang prints that have stylized leaf designs, palm trees, and
pineapple or beach prints. Kids will also enjoy the Hawaiian decorating style in their
rooms because the bright colors add a cheery and fun feel.
Hawaiian wall art consists of the
of ocean reef life
l’oeil consisting of a window peeking out into a tropical paradise
Pineapple stained glass window
Surfboard wall art
Another idea is to cover one wall
with wallpaper that essentially functions as a mural, such as one that features
a romantic sunset in Hawaii overlooking the ocean. This will have a stunning
and real life effect and is a fantastic way to quickly transform a room into one
that is warm and peaceful. Friends and family will be amazed at the panoramic
views this mural will create.
Water Feature: A water
feature brings a dose of calm and splendor to a Hawaiian themed home. You may
wish to consider a floor fountain that showcases a bamboo tree etched in glass.
This type of fountain is the perfect touch to a Hawaiian decorating theme because of the
bamboo design that is reminiscent of nature. Listening to the trickling water
is a soothing way to relax and unwind.
Window Treatments: Window
treatments for a Hawaiian decorating theme should project a natural quality.
include bamboo, wood blinds, linen panels, and plantation shutters.
also opt for curtains that consist of a tropical theme, along with wood curtain
rods that feature a pineapple finial.
Through the use of natural elements,
you will bring a tropical feel to the home, which will further enhance the
Accessories: Consider the
following accessories for Hawaiian décor:
plates that features a hula girl, Hawaiian flowers, surf theme, palm trees,
beach scene, and tropical fish
frames that have a pineapple, palm tree, or floral design
Other accents include those that are
dark brown, black, or even muted reds. Bamboo is an ideal element for this
style. You can add bamboo picture frames, bamboo vases, and bamboo candles as
Other items that go hand in hand with Hawaiian home décor are coconuts,
seashells, starfish, pineapples, and palm trees.
Coconut candles are an exceptional and simple way to add a peaceful feel to your
home while seashells are perfect for generating the feeling of tropics. They
are beautiful and decorative.
If you happen to live near the ocean, you may pick up a few seashells, which can
be used as a table centerpiece. Consider displaying seashells in decorative
jars, shadow boxes, or baskets to further enhance its beauty.
You may also glue
a collection of small shells on a blank framed canvas for a lovely wall accent.
For the kitchen table, you may
include natural covered stoneware, textured placemats, loosely woven fabric
napkins, and sturdy glassware.
Other accessories for the kitchen consist of
wooden bowls, baskets, a palm tree or pineapple paper towel holder, canisters,
bamboo, and more.
If you have a breakfast bar in the kitchen area, you can add high bar stools
made from wicker, rattan, or bamboo to accentuate the Hawaiian decorating style.
If the size of the room is an issue
and serves multiple purposes, you can create privacy while adding a Hawaiian
touch by using room dividers made from bamboo.
Another item you might use to spruce up your design theme is decorative pillows
in bold colors, pineapple or palm tree motifs, or in a basket weave because they
look alluring and help tie in the other accessories, wall color, and furniture.
Simply prop them on the couch and watch it come to life because of the vivid
To welcome the beach indoors, consider displaying a fish tank containing
tropical fish, along with accessories inside the tank, such as a sunken treasure
chest, brilliantly colored rocks, and artificial algae.
decorating definitely provides a relaxing escape where you can comfortably
retreat after a long hard day at work. Since your home is a reflection of your
personality, it should be a place where you feel a sense of tranquility and
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