Whether you like to indulge in the lavish yet laidback vibe of Palm Beach or the uplifting and soulful Zen of Bali, there’s no denying the captivating spirit of a tropical style interior. Tropical style is all about comfort and ease and your space will flourish with the right mix of warm, soothing tones, rugged textures and lush green foliage to remind you of the vibrant tropics.
Your dream of coming home to a tropical oasis after the sensory assault of the city is within reach with just a few simple switches to your décor. Read on for a quick starter course on achieving a breezy tropical style.
Usher in the life of the rainforest with brash tropical leaf prints in every shape and colour. Deck your walls in lush jungle-inspired wallpaper or hang up a tropical piece of art. Cushions with rainbow-feathered bird, pineapple and the quintessential palm motifs instantly bring personality to any room. Of course there’s no substitute for the real deal, so feel free to introduce all manner of leafy fronds and bright succulents to your abode. Be careful not to go overboard with the theme or what you’ll end up with will be an untamed mess. Keep the look modern with minimalistic shapes, metallic accents and a shag rug.
Bring the outdoors in with rough, unfinished elements that evoke a cosy, lived-in atmosphere. Wicker, rattan, cane, bamboo and jute furnishings are perennial favourites when choosing a tropical theme. Pair crisp white walls with an assortment of earthy neutrals such as basket pendant lamps, macrame throws and woven wall hangings. The coarse textures and warm undertones will sit perfectly with lush foliage. Lastly, throw in a burst of soothing pastel accents to coax out a breezy and eclectic vacation vibe.
Roll out a rug
For a casual approach to tropical living, a jute or sisal area rug is the perfect entry point. Its unhewn natural fibres compliment the light and airy features of a tropical style interior, while at the same time providing just enough visual interest to delight the senses. Etch out a private nook in the bedroom or use it as a canvas to draw attention to your favourite furniture pieces. Whichever way you put it to use, the natural woven rug will give your space the desired tropical and outdoorsy orient.