Few things are more relaxing than warm sand under your feet and a cool breeze in your hair. But since most of us can’t spend every day under the sun at an island resort, tropical decor offers the next best thing—a serene setting to unwind in your own home. It’s fresh, lighthearted—and did we mention relaxing? As a branch of casual style, this look is all about comfort, doing away with details that serve no practical purpose.
Tropical spaces should be bright and airy. Let the sunshine in by using sheer curtains, and add additional lighting as needed.
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Your patterns should be fun and graphic rather than prim and proper. Remember to balance them out with solids to keep your room from getting too busy.
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Celebrate the simple life with raw-looking fabrics, such as linen and cotton. Sisal rugs have a similar carefree appearance that suits the tropics.
Choose woods that feature a prominent grain to give the exotic look found in native materials like acacia, teak, bamboo and tigerwood.
Warmer climates are full of lush, green plants. Add some greenery of your own and accessorize with botanical-inspired artwork.