In a previous article on our blog, we’d talked about how you can recreate the beachside tropical vibe in your house. With a fresh and vibrant setting that’s reminiscent of the last beach holiday you took (or the one you’re planning to take very soon), it’s hard not to fall in love with the tropical Home Decor. And carrying that thought forward, in this article we’re looking at all must-have elements you need to complete that tropical set up in your very urban home.
Rattan is a light, yet sturdy, material that can survive the harshest of weather conditions. No wonder it’s such a favorite with island dwellers who can experience everything from sunny days to overcast skies to non-stop rains all in one week. If you’re looking to add a real tropical feel to your home, bring in some rattan chairs for your porch, garden, or backyard. But don’t think of restricting this furniture to the outdoors alone. Rattan can fit right into your living room, dining room, and kitchen as well. Yes, your kitchen, too. Swap out those plastic containers for some rattan baskets to store your fruits and veggies. You could even pick up small-sized rattan planters for your kitchen garden!
2. Mosaic Tiles
Mosaic tiles are a big part of the whole tropical home extravaganza, so don’t shy away from bringing them home. And no, they don’t look tacky. If you know how to use them, the effect is very bright and Mediterranean. Use mosaic tiles for your kitchen backsplash or in the bathroom. Earthy colors like beige, brown, brick red, green, and blue do really well in this setting. If you’re feeling bold, you can also have a focal wall made with mosaic tiles, framed by some tall plants and lanterns.
3. Lush Foliage
Nothing screams tropical like tall, imposing palm trees. Now, you can’t have trees growing in your living room (although, that would really be something!), the more manageable alternative would be potted palms plants. Sprinkle them in generous doses around the house. The living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, and even the bathroom can accommodate the sprightly personality of palms. Don’t have the time or the inclination to look after these plants? The alternative is to hang up some pictures of palms or metal sculptures shaped like foliage.
Tropical homes tend to have white walls. Why did you ask? To mirror the white sandy beaches, that’s why! So paint your rooms a nice white. This makes it easier to decorate the rest of your home because you can do anything you want with white! It’s like a canvas that’s waiting to be done up in beautiful colors and textures.
But wait, there’s a plot twist. Even though the walls are white, colors are a huge part of tropical homes. Confused? To color your walls or to leave them white? How about a happy middle ground? Accent walls! Pick one wall in the room and splash some tropical tint to it. Think palm green, coral pink, banana yellow, and aqua blue. It’s a cheerful addition to the neutral palette and it’s guaranteed to arrest your attention the moment you walk into the room.
We all love the beaches and the sea, the sound of the waves and the slight breeze. Who among us wouldn’t love to live out on the seashore? Sigh! But even if we can’t leave everything behind and camp out on an island Robinson Crusoe style, there’s no rule that says we can’t bring the tropics home. And if you follow our tips carefully, you will soon have an island inspired haven to call home and abode and paradise!
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