Tropical home decor is being seen in an increasing number of homes. Visits to Hawaii and Jamaica inspire returning travelers to recreate that warm and vibrant atmosphere in their own space. Tropical home decorating is vibrant and colorful and usually includes artisan carvings and statues. Try some jungle prints or beach prints for the walls to remind you of what you are missing.
Yet another trick, particularly if you are trying to recreate the look in an apartment, is to use room dividers made from bamboo. This gives you more private space and definitely adds the tropical touch to your apartment. If you have a breakfast bar in the kitchen area then why not try adding some high bar stools for that bright feel. The best type of bar stools for this is those made from bamboo to accentuate the tropical feel of your home. Make sure that you have plenty of spices on display and maybe some bunches of onions and peppers. The capsicums are bright and add life to any kitchen – don’t leave them too long before you use them.
Forget the cream and the magnolia, if you want to go tropical then you need the rich warm tones of brown, orange, yellow and orange. You could get throws with these colors to update your furniture to tropical. It might also be an idea to get yourself some tropical plants – if you can’t get hold of the real thing then silk plants often make a good and realistic alternative. If you are wary of using the theme through your house then why not give yourself a tropical bathroom. Paint some palm trees and have a tropical design shower curtain.
In the kids’ bedroom try a wall hanging. This could be covered with tropical plants and wild animals. They will love the animals and the bright colors and admire the welcoming feel that it gives to their room. In a sense tropical decorating breaks all the rules. People interpret tropical in their own way and while some have a tropical theme running through the house, others want to get closer to the whole experience. The tropical style is lighthearted and eclectic with its mix of colors and artifacts. The furniture is fairly simple in a tropical setting and you could try that out with one or two items.
If you can, get yourself some cane furniture – cane furniture is not just for gardens and sunrooms. Pile the sofa and chairs with soft, bright cushions. Get yourself a glass topped can table on which to rest your long, cool drinks. When you come home, on a cold day, and after a long drive surely nothing will be able to beat the welcoming feel of your tropical styled home. The best advice, when it comes to tropical decorating is to throw away the rule book and have fun.
Lee Dobbins writes for Perfect Home Decor where you can find out about more great decorating styles .