Tropical Kitchen Design Ideas

Tropical Kitchen Design

Tropical kitchen design and decor ideas for decorating tropical style. Find simple and easy to implement ideas and tips for tropical kitchens.

What descriptive words and colors come to mind when envisioning tropical decor?

Perhaps... lush, green, casual, beautiful, natural, wood, rattan, wicker, colors of the sea, sunsets, bamboo, flowing...I’m sure you have thought of some words that aren’t on this list, but you get the idea.

Take those visions and turn them into a reality, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. You can spend as much or as little as your budget will allow.

Tropical Kitchen Design Ideas

Here are some ideas for tropical kitchens that will help you create your own piece of paradise, right in your own home.

Floors: think wood (laminate can be a good choice, easier on the budget and wears well) or tile, using casual sisal area rugs for function and also to break up the space.

Walls: think of those beautiful carribbean colors, then select a soft, soft shade of one of them for the walls.

Need some inspiration?

Here are a few options from Benjamin Moore paint:

Counter Tops: think bold and colorful if you are willing to commit, or go with a natural and neutral selection if ‘safe’ sounds more like your lifestyle.

Tile for back splash: here is a place where you can use bold tropical kitchen design tiles to create interest and drama.

It might be a simple, neutral overall tile with a bold patterned tile worked into the space, or you might select an overall colorful, tropical design. the choice is yours, and it could become the focal point of the tropical kitchen.

Cabinets: offer several options, and all work well in a tropical kitchen design.

Light finished cabinetry will maintain the overall neutral background and allow the natural textures and elements of tropical kitchen design to take a front seat.

You might select white or cream cabinets, or perhaps use a painted cabinet if your tropical decor is very casual and simple.

Imagine a soft, soft shade of peach on the walls with cabinets painted a muted teal, complemented by neutral counter tops and natural wood floors in a medium finish. I can already feel the tropical breezes in that space!

The images above show a dramatic contrast in tropical interpretation. On the left we see color, color and more color in the cabinets, which take the stage in this kitchen. Dark counter tops and cabinet pulls along with warm wood floors, island and bamboo roman shades finish the look.

Dramatic finishes in a totally different manner are shown on the right. The cathedral beamed ceiling is the focal point in this spacious kitchen, with complimentary wood finishes creating an awesome space.

Tropical decorating style in the Kitchen

Natural wood cabinets in a light to medium finish will also complement tropical decor, just keep the finish on the lighter side of the spectrum.

Furnishings: can be lots of fun in a tropical style kitchen. You can choose wood, rattan, bamboo or even a simple wicker for your table, chairs, bar stools and accent pieces.

And, please, please don’t have a matching set of everything! It’s okay to mix wood with rattan, use painted chairs with a natural wood finish table, etc.

Window Treatments: are another design element of tropical kitchens that can create the mood simply but with drama.

Envision a chunky wood rod with side panels of naturally flowing soft white curtain panels, sheer enough to rustle in the breeze.

Or, if your tropical kitchen design is a touch more traditional, plantation shutters are a great option for letting in the natural light during the day and providing privacy in the evening.

Creative finishing touches: will help to set the mood as well.

How about a mural for one of the walls? They can be a little bit of an investment but the rewards are great.

Table on the Harbor is the name of this beautiful mural.

Where would it look best in your home? And, this is just one of hundreds of selections in just about any style of decor or category you can think of.

But I digress...back to tropical kitchen decor and designs.

Lighting: is another element that can make a statement in a tropical kitchen, or any room for that matter.

This is an area where you can have fun and find a fixture as exotic, or not, as fits your budget and lifestyle.

If you have a dining/kitchen combination with an eating area or nook that is ready for some drama, how about the Huarco 3 Light Chandelier as shown to the right?

Very unique, with a definite tropical, almost jungle, feel to it. This fixture could be the focal point of the dining space for sure.

Tropical Chandelie

How you make your selections will depend upon whether your approach is natural, simple and focused on natural elements, blending some traditional in with the tropical decor, or, if a bold, colorful “more drama is better” philosophy describes how you decorate.

There is no right or wrong, just know which approach you are taking, because a blending of the three could result in a mish mash of overdone tropical ‘stuff’ (one of my favorite words).

Enjoy creating your own unique interpretation of tropical kitchen design and decor!


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