Style Guide: How to Embody the Tropical Living Trend

Solo Plume Cushion

The Tropical Living trend is hot right now, and one of the best things about it is you don’t have to be a professional interior designer to make it work in your home! 

Header image features the Solo Plume Cushion.

What is the Tropical Living trend?

In Australia, we’re all about that beach vibe, even if we don’t live near the beach at all. The Tropical Living look is about embracing the warmer weather, the sunshine, and good vibes. It’s about bright, aquatic colours; soft textures; natural materials; and floral accents. So how do we bring this to life at home?

Master the colours

Miconia Quilt Cover Set

Tropical Living is a very colour-focused trend, more so than even the Moroccan Bazaar trend (check out our style guide for that here). Stick to oceanic colours and you can’t go wrong – this can help you from overcrowding your colour palette. Opt for bright blues and greens, maybe even a warm splash of golden yellow here and there, to start things off.

Rubber Plant Canvas Art

Colour can be worked in in a number of ways, without painting the walls! A clever way to tackle colour is with artwork. Find a piece of wall décor that whisks you away to a tropical escape, like a fun beach scene or a leafy palm print – it’ll work perfectly in this theme.

Conquer the neutrals

Eloise Cushion

You don’t want to saturate your space with too much tropical colour, and that’s where the neutrals come in. You can complement and offset all those bold hues with a softer gradient of white, grey, and beige. A white sofa accented with a few bright cushions cushions and a natural cotton throw could quickly become your favourite space at home. Miami Cushion

Embrace Nature

It might seem silly to say, but the Tropical Living Trend REALLY likes nature. Natural materials, like wood, rattan, wicker, and jute, can really help bring the look of your tropical space together. This is great if you’ve already got furniture in these materials at home – it allows you to maintain your original style while incorporating this trend. You can simply highlight these existing pieces with tropical-themed decor items.

Florencio Dining Armchair (Set of 2)

Plants are a massive part of the Tropical Living trend. While cacti aren’t typically seen as tropical they are a very trendy accent to most homes and they work wonders in this theme. If you don’t have the room for a large plant, or the time to look after one, faux plants are a great alternative!

Minimalist Cactus Canvas Print

Even plant artwork can be a perfect compromise. Throw cushions with plant prints can also keep the flora alive in your home. Another happy compromise – plant-inspired linens, particularly in the bedroom. There’s a lot of room to think outside the box with this trend!

Try some textures

Woolf Armchair, Beige

The natural materials we spoke of earlier have another great feature: they’re textured. Textures might not seem important at first, but they impact on the way a room feels. A jute rug could easily remind you of a beachy, tropical space. If you’re not sure how to add texture to your space, have a look at our video with Bonnie from Three Birds Renovations to learn all about it.

Queenscliff Quilt Cover Set

Soft cotton sheets can contrast the rougher textures of rattan and jute, offering classic tropical vibes and creating the ultimate cosy bedroom. Fringe detailing enhances a relaxed look for total tropical sensations.

Don’t forget the outdoors

Vienna Woods

Now, not every home is lucky enough to have an outdoor space but those that do have a great opportunity to extend the Tropical Living trend. Sun lounges and recliners are perfect in a backyard or out on a balcony in a flat, or even indoors in a sun room. You can take it a step further with hammocks for a true tropical-getaway sensation.

Lie-On Float, Cactus

You don’t have to have a backyard pool to enjoy the water as the weather heats up. Lie-on floats make a great spot to lie down with a book just on the grass! Or you can take them with you to the pool or beach and be the envy of everyone else there! The Tropical Living trend is one you can take with you wherever you go.

Finish it off with a fresh scent

Limited Edition Standard Candle, Greenhouse Interiors

Try as we might, sometimes we just can’t capture that ultimate tropical space with interior design alone. Our eyes are happy but the rest of us feels like something it just off…

This is where candles come in! Tropical scents like coconut & lime, frangipani, and sandalwood can really complete the entire theme.

Reed Diffuser, Vintage Gardenia

If you’re worried about open flames with candles, reed diffusers are a great option! Diffusers are much lower-maintenance and can last for months at a time — perfect for that ultimate relaxed tropical atmosphere.

Do you have ways you love to bring the Tropical Living trend alive at your home? Let us know in the comments!

Paige Riddiford is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong. When not writing, Paige is often found reading, baking, playing video games, playing board games with friends, or binge watching whatever's new on Netflix.