We all know this summer is going to be a hot one, so what better way to embrace the new season than by creating a tropical haven right in your own home?
We’ve got you covered with some simple style suggestions to bring home the Hawaiian vibes – at a fraction of the cost of a plane ticket. 😉
What is ‘tropical’ style?
Summer celebrates all things vibrant and playful. When we think “tropics” we picture bright colours on muted backgrounds for clever colour pops that revitalise your space.
The colour of the tropics is green: it’s beautiful, flexible, fresh and exotic. There is a whole spectrum of greens out there, but to combat the heat of summer we’d suggest going for greens that are cooler in tone, more bluish to emulate the depths of a jungle paradise.
Dark doesn’t always mean drab! Colour contrast is a really effective way to balance out your space and avoid decoration disasters. You want your home to be a haven, not a cave.
The easiest way to contrast colours is to look at a colour wheel. Pick the colour you want to be your focus, and the colour directly opposite that should act as your pop.
With greens, especially the darker shades, we’d suggest a coral or peachy colour. A match made in Hawaiian heaven! Coral is bright and inviting, juxtaposing the earthiness of the green beautifully.
Work with tropical patterns
The two motifs that have become tropical icons for design are the palm and the pineapple. We’ve written a post about this before (and the fact that the humble P-duo has cropped back up again proves this is a trend that stands the test of time.
There’s something very chill about the pattern of palms. Its structured leaf with its crisp veins and edges is very soothing – almost as if you can feel a sweet summer breeze on your skin.
The pineapple is a unique fruit, iconic in its own rich and succulent way. Pineapple décor is trending at the moment and it’s easy to see why – it’s such a loveable fruit.
It adds a punch of character and a pop of colour and just oozes summer sweetness.
For some beachy décor ideas, why not create a terrarium using beachy items? Shells, sea-glass, drift wood – a bit of coloured sand. Or maybe some small pebbles and some beach greenery? Gorgeous!
Go all out with furniture
If the tropical style is more than just a trend for you, invest in some tropical-esque furniture to make your home feel like a summer haven all year round.
Natural materials like bamboo, wicker and rattan exude holiday vibes and make you feel as if you’re lounging on your own private island.
Featured: Surya Natural Dining Chair (Set of 2) from Satara, Odin Stool, Oak from Zanui, Coastal Round Jute Rug from Rug Culture and Aerial Coastline Framed Print from Home & Abode; assorted jute rugs from Rug Culture.
Pair these earthy materials with clean white or muted cool tones to really tap into tropical vibes.
Punctuate this palette with more pops of colour – cheeky oranges, burnt reds, sunshine yellows – and your tropical spectrum is complete.
Fresh greenery is a great way to add dynamic colour and shape to your home. Unfortunately, the summer heat isn’t particular kind to plant life. However there is hope!
Rogue Living have crafted some beautiful and highly realistic faux plants that are the perfect solution.
These plants come in so many different types and styles with absolutely no maintenance cost except for a light dusting every now and then. So easy, and so effective.
Open A Window!
Natural lighting is one of the oldest tricks in the book for livening up a space, and natural lighting definitely adheres to any kind of haven.
Opening up a window to feel the summer breeze creates an instantly fresher and more relaxed space. Take it one step further by adding scent to your room.
These candles from Maison Blanche come in a variety of different scents and are a delightful addition to any room of the house.
Don’t Forget The Floor
Rugs are an awesome addition to any room of the house, especially if your floors are timber or marble or any kind of natural material. Rugs add dimension and structure, as well as being practical floor covers.
For a tropical touch, opt for woven textures in natural colours to balance bright furnishings; conversely, go bold and bright and splash out with a funky design in greens or pinks or both to brighten a neutral palette.
Featured: Amazilia Lagoon Wool Rug from Harlequin. Go bold and bright by mixing colours and textures.
Focus on the finishing touches
Cushions are the perfect little investment to add character and theme to a room at minimal cost. The best part is that they’re so easy to swap out if you ever want to change up your style.
Featured left: Jive and Tropical Bright cushions from Kas. Featured right: Oasis Palm Trees; Haven Palm Trees, Lagoon; Oasis Banana Leaf, Salmon; Haven Frangipani; Oasis Coco, Beige; and Brazil Pineapple, Black cushions from Escape to Paradise.
Wall art is the same story. Switch out bland or overdone wall art or hangings for fresh ones. Stick to the same tropical palm or pineapple motifs, or keep the chilled vibes with swirling watercolour prints or beachy photographs. The details make all the difference.