10 Dreamy Tropical Decorating Ideas
Don’t be afraid to kick things up a notch with neon paint. It will give your space an extra dose of tropical energy, especially in close quarters like this Key West foyer. (Extra style points are awarded if said paint is brushed atop shiplap.)
Transform a wall into a makeshift A/C by installing louvered walls, which act as air traffic controllers for beach breezes. And if the wind picks up in the cooler months, just pop them closed with the flick of a finger. This Bahamas outdoor living room benefits even further, as the walls help define the space and provide a backdrop for furnishings.
Cool & Collected
Showcase your coastal treasures. Whether it be scrolls of old maps, a group of seaglass vessels, or shells picked up during walks in the surf, any beachy collection that makes your heart sing should be on display.
Casual is Key
Part of living the tropical lifestyle is slowing down and dressing down—and that goes for décor, too. Wicker is always at home on the coast, and it instantly makes a room feel more laid-back. Dot some woven pieces around a traditionally formal area, and the room will officially be on island time.
The aptly named sea grass rug is a winner underfoot in any beachy haven. Pair it with a faux-bamboo bed, and you’ve successfully laid the groundwork for a room in the tropics.
Everyone knows that wallpaper can transform a room, but we’re here to let you in on a little secret: If you’re jonesing for a space with true tropical panache, this is how to get it. Envelop the room in a jungle paper—the wilder the better—such as this one by Meg Braff Designs.
Color Me Happy
When shooting for tropical style, color is your friend. Layering a room in brights—think colorful upholstery, accent tables, art, and paint (yes, on the ceiling, too)—can easily perk things up and lend the space a sunny disposition.
Decorate with palms, whether fresh or in pattern—or (our favorite!) both. A couple stems can go a long way, but if the maximalist in you wants more, we won’t stop you. You really can’t go wrong with this tropical staple.
Embrace Blue & White
This classic color combination is not only wildly popular (for good reason), but it also happens to be right at home in coastal design. Mirroring the sea and sky, and surf and clouds, blue-and-white décor is a cool approach to tropical style.
Create an indoor cabana. Who says this chic enclave is only for the beach or pool? With a little ingenuity, you can bring a taste of the tropics right into your living room. Now all that’s left to do is kick back, relax, and let yourself be transported.