by Giorgina Devereaux
Tropical decorating and furniture is an incredible way to recreate the warm and vibrant
atmosphere of the beach in your own space.
It is casual and easy living
that focuses on relaxation and comfort, with restful colors and natural
elements, such as stylized palm trees, large leafed banana plants,
animal prints, flamingos, elephants, leather, rattan, and grass cloth.
Tropical decorating consists of large and comfortable
upholstered pieces. Wood furniture in lighter woods can
be used, but complement the room better when combined with dark tables,
lamps, or furniture feet.
You may also include accent pieces in wicker,
bamboo, iron, and rattan. Dark wood and rattan furniture fit very well
with the Tropical style.
Rattan brings a
element since it is a Tropical tree that grows in the jungle.
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
Bamboo is also used on furniture pieces and can be described
as thick grass with a hollow center.
materials like cane, seagrass, water hyacinth, and banana leaf are
often woven to form chairs, sofas, tables, and countless accents.
materials create sturdy and lightweight furniture, such as computer
armoires, printer cabinets, along with other furniture that is
Tropical decorating and furniture woods like ebony, mahogany, and teak are a great way to
achieve a Tropical look, make sure they are certified sustainable
before purchasing them.
hardwoods like teak, rosewood, and koa are also used for furniture.
decorating features include ornamental carved motifs, such as
pineapples, palm leaves, trees, and flowers for that added Tropical
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.
bed and bath linens, look
for prints that feature palm trees, Tropical plants with vivid,
beautiful native botanicals like hibiscus, anthurium, orchid and the
Bird of Paradise.
You may also use Thai silks and floral-printed
Some of the linens available for the bedroom consist of banana
leaves and bird of paradise on a yellow background; a blue background
with white shells, blue, yellow, and white shells, seahorses, crabs,
sand dollars and starfish; a red, yellow, or white background monkey
print with a striped bedskirt; a champagne tone on tone coral reef with
tone on tone grass cloth stripe bedskirt; or pink flamingos on a bright
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 quite
flooring, you may go with hardwood, such as a dark hardwood or bamboo,
and if you cannot, tile or stone is another possibility. 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
help keep the Tropical decorating look alive while providing textural interest
against the flooring.
Other area rugs feature monkeys swinging from
palm branches, palm trees, lush foliage of the tropics, coconut palms,
and flamingos. For the bathroom, consider covering the floors with bath
mats made from teak or that have palm tree patterns, starfish, and
Wall Color: In
you will notice homes painted in vibrant colors, such as bright orange,
pink, and green.
In addition to these colors being vivid, it also
serves a purpose in that the brighter colors deflect sunlight and help
keep the home cooler.
palettes include natural colors, such as fresh
aqua blue, sandy tan, olive green, pale peach, and pale yellow.
colors should serve as the primary colors in Tropical design since they
represent sand, water, and trees.
Also, the use of pale gray shades
evokes feelings of weathered seaside boardwalks and blend with the
aforementioned colors. Tropical decorating and furniture schemes incorporate the
use of red and purple because they bring Tropical flowers to mind.
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 decorating themed wallpaper and borders. If color frightens you,
just paint the walls a neutral shade and incorporate color to the room
through the use of accessories.
For accents, you may
select among 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 accents.
Other items that go hand in hand
with Tropical home décor are coconuts, seashells, starfish, and palm
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.
happen to live near the ocean, you may pick up a few seashells. They
can be used as a table centerpiece, displayed in jars, shadow boxes, or
baskets, and may be glued as a collection of small shells on a blank
framed canvas for a lovely wall accent.
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 paper towel holder, bamboo, and more.
If you have a breakfast bar
in the kitchen area, you can add high bar stools made from bamboo to
accentuate the Tropical decorating style.
If the size of
the room is an issue and
it is serving two purposes, you can create privacy while adding a
Tropical touch by using room dividers made from bamboo.
you might use to spruce up your design theme is decorative pillows in
bold colors or in a basket weave because they look alluring and help
tie in the other accessories, wall color, and furniture.
A wonderful way to welcome the beach
indoors is by 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.
Lighting: It is
important to have good lighting, and why not consider lighting fixtures
or lamps decorated in monkey, leaf, or jungle accents?
The dark lamp
shades will blend nicely with the Tropical furniture in the room.
Accent lamps shaped like palm trees, seashell lamps, pineapple lamps,
palm wall sconces, rattan wall sconces, or a ceiling fan with palm leaf
blades are great.
A popular light ceiling fan is a wide blade fan made
from rattan or with palm paddles.
using both animal hide designs, such as zebra stripes or leopard spots,
along with pictures of monkeys, lions, and elephants for the wall.
can also hang prints that have stylized leaf designs, palm trees,
pineapple prints, jungle animals, or beach prints. Kids will also enjoy
the Tropical furniture style in their rooms because the mix of animals and bright
colors add a cheery and fun feel.
decorating plants are a fabulous way to give your home the Tropical flavor, and
large plants like Areca palms, coconut palms, Cycas palm perfectly suit
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.
what’s involved for the care of your plant. If you do not wish to care
for a plant or tree, consider artificial plants or trees. They look
close to the real thing without the maintenance.
Treatments: Ideal window
treatments should project a natural quality. Some choices to consider
include bamboo or matchstick blinds, linen panels, and plantation
shutters. Another way to dress up your windows is by hanging curtains
consisting of Tropical themed prints.
Tropical decorating definitely provides a relaxing escape
where you can comfortably retreat after a long hard day at work. Your home is a
reflection of your personality and should be a place where you feel a sense of
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