Rain, rain, rain. Around here, this is a gloomy time of the year. The holidays have passed, and the days are short, gray, and soggy. But my husband and I were very lucky to escape to Hawaii for much of January.
And I came back with my head filled with the colors of the tropics,
The lush, exuberant plants that seem almost unreal,
And all those rich natural textures.
It was raining when we left for Hawaii, and it’s pretty much been raining since we got back. So I’m looking at ways to bring some of that tropical cheer into our home.
Of course, many of us are already bringing the tropics into our homes simply by having tropical house plants.
But there are many other ways to infuse the tropics into home decor. It all begins with . . .
Striking the Right Balance
Tropical décor does have a potential downside: It’s all too easy to go overboard and wind up with something that looks overdone and a bit cliché – especially for the winter months. The last thing I want is a living room with a “tacky tourist” look.
But if done right, it can be elegant, timeless, and airy. Here are five things to consider when bringing the tropics into home décor.
1. Choose a Limited Color Palette
Limiting the color palette can keep a tropical look tasteful.
A tropical pattern adds playfulness to the classic blue-and-white color scheme of this tablecloth from The Roostery.
And it’s hard to go wrong with green and white. I love this tropical leaf linen table runner from Mezalova Textile.
Using a limited color palette also helps when you want to go bigger and bolder, as with this Tropical Leaves peel-and-stick wallpaper from DecoWorks.
Keeping the room’s accessories and colors to a minimum, as done here, helps balance the strong wall pattern.
2. Use More Texture And Less Color
With the right accessories, rattan has the ability to blend into almost any décor. I love all the texture in this room – and the luxurious, monochromatic look of the accessories on this rattan daybed from The Wicked Boheme.
3. Use Classic or Vintage-Inspired Botanical Prints
Vintage botanical prints always make me think of adventure, romance, and far-away places. I love the classic look of this Vintage Schumacher fabric from Melba Fabrics.
4. Give Traditional Furniture a Tropical Update
Giving one well-chosen piece of accent furniture a tropical makeover can elevate a room. A lovely example is this traditional armchair, which has been covered with this tropical palms/monkey cotton fabric from Exquisite Fabrics 2015.
5. Feed the Senses
Scented candles, like this plumeria candle from Olive Branch Organics, can also fill a room with a delicious tropical vibe.
And so can tropical island music.
And then it won’t matter if it’s still raining outside.
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