I live in sunny southwest Florida, so am very familiar with the various types of tropical style decor available...some of the furniture stores in the area are brimming with it. And for good reason, for we are located in the sub-tropic region and should look the part!
If asked what tropical style decor means to you, I’m sure that some might envision the old, rattan furniture with tired, faded fabrics in washed out blues, greens and yellows.
Is that stuff still around? Yes, but thank goodness there are so many other choices available now!
1) Bold and beautiful, with vibrant shades of blue, green and yellow. Here are some really cool options for you from Sherwin Williams paints:
Find these colors and more at the Sherwin Williams Lifestyle Collection, Blissful Retreat
Here is an example of a bold color palette used in a tropical design. This is a beach condo that I updated for the owners last fall:
2) Soft and soothing, with subtle tones of the colors mentioned above.
still have a beautiful tropical setting, with just hints of dramatic
tones. Sherwin Williams offers some nice options:
3) Neutral and casual, with organic components.
The emphasis with this
type of palette is more on the elements used to create the space,
natural greenery and simple furniture arrangement. Once again we'll turn to Sherwin Williams for some examples:
You'll find these colors and more in Naturally Neutral, from Sherwin Williams Lifestyle Collection
Notice how this Tropical style Bathroom encompasses the soft, subtle neutral tones of tropical decorating.
use of color in tropical decorating is not only in the choices of
colors to use, but also how you will place them in the space.
Tropical style decor is also about texture.
If this style of decorating is your goal, think about organic fabrics, textiles and elements such as cotton, jute, muslin, bamboo, wicker, etc.
If you want to be authentic in your design, pay close attention to this aspect of tropical decorating and strive to find a variety of textures in:
Let’s talk more about Case Goods in Tropical decorating. Finding the right furniture for your tropical style home is key to creating the look that expresses your vision.
My advice when working with rattan finishes? Use it sparingly and be sure to mix it with other types of finishes.
Let's take a look at some examples of Tropical decorating from our friends at Coastal Living:
The Living Room shown above is really quite simple in design and finishes, yet gives off a definite Tropical vibe. I love the sparing use of accent colors...apricot/orange and fresh green. The interest in the space comes from that color combination as well as the variety of natural finishes. Note the spikey tropical plant in the corner!
How cool is this rattan accent table? It is definitely a statement piece in this brightly decorated tropical space.
Here are some other cool end and accent tables I found from my favorite online shopping source. Where would one of these fit in your Tropical styled room or home?
There is no mistaking the tropical vibe in this room, with the focal point sofa sporting a large palm leaf print. Notice that the other finishes in the space, while colorful, are accenting the sofa and not fighting with it. Love the stacks of books on the coffee table!
Tropical simplicity in this bedroom...warm wood floors, solid fabrics with the palm leaf print pillows echoed on the window treatments. Note the textural elements in the roman shades, awesome floor lamp and end table. Oh, and a water view to die for :)
Using Tropical style accessories and smaller pieces can be an effective way to create a colorful look in a room or home.
You don't have to make a costly commitment to pieces and can easily change out the accents.
That leads to an important point in any style of decorating:
in your room does not have to be of the same finish, and in fact, please don’t do
Your tropical decor should include several finishes, with the color palette and overall style of the furniture tying everything together.
As long as your choices and finishes are consistent, some variety in the elements keeps things interesting and presents a more polished and cohesive design plan.
The accessories and finishing touches will make the statement in your home.
You may opt for a fun, casual tropical feel with the fishing rod and
reel hanging on the wall. Or, a little more sophisticated approach might
be your desire, with beautiful artwork, large palm shaped paddles on
the ceiling fans and area rugs with bold tropical patterns on the floor.
Just remember these three important characteristics of Tropical Decorating:
Tropical style decor can create a beautiful, custom look in any room of your home.
And, if you don't live in an area of the country, or world, that offers this style of furniture and decor in a local retail setting, there is always my go-to source, Wayfair.com...I love it!
is nothing quite like a tropical setting to bring a calm, stress free
(well, almost!), laid back feeling into your heart and home. You may not
live in the tropics but your decor can help you feel like you do!