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So often we stare at scenes of beautiful, tropical islands in books or online and dream when we’ll have an opportunity to escape to paradise. But we can, all we need to do is add a little tropical style to our home decor!
From all over the world, tropical destinations lure us to visit, from exotic Thailand and Fiji to our own state of Hawaii. Ultimate relaxation can be found where the palm trees meet the white sand and the beautiful blue ocean is steps away.
For those who are landlocked, miles away from the ocean, or in between island vacations, add that touch of paradise to your interiors with tropical touches inspired by the shapes and textures found in nature by the sea.
Light fixtures and ceiling fans are always functional, yet more beautiful when they incorporate tropical elements or materials in their design. Flank a mirror or artwork with the Regina Andrew Coral Modern White Sconce or introduce a chic white palm design with the Casa VIeja Palm Leaf Ceiling Fan. The Regina Andrew Silver Coral Lamp adds a sophisticated silver sheen to a tropical coral motif. Introduce a dash of color with the Stacy Garcia Coral Seafan Flush Ceiling Light. The Varaluz Banana Leaf Sconce is a cheeky addition to any wall; or go casual yet elegant with the Currey & Co. Seaward White Sand Chandelier.
Texture is prevalent in the tropics, think of the bamboo branches and coconut tree trunks that grow abundantly in those climates. Repeat those textural finishes with a decorative framed mirror to reflect in a bathroom or bounce light around a living room or bedroom.
Enhance any interior from contemporary to cottage with framed mirrors created of woven or organic materials. Consider the Bamboo Natural Wall Mirror or Currey & Co. Oyster Shell Mirror for dramatic impact in a bedroom or bathroom; the Cooper Classics Coconut Stick Round Wall Mirror and Jamie Young Rectangle Rope Wall Mirror are alternative options that guarantee desirable texture against a painted or wallpapered wall.
Achieve a tropical look with plants and home accessories that bring the feel of the tropics indoors with large leaf palms and banana leaf plants or smaller colorful orchids stems. Rich wood combined with bamboo brass and blue and white accents completes the island look.
Decorative objects that mimic the element of the sea add a tropical touch such as the Uttermost Gloss White Coral Bowls and Palm Flower 1 and Palm Flower 2 Giclee Wall Prints. If you don’t want to water the real thing, substitute an Areca Palm in Decorative Planter. Faux bamboo is always chic, pull this Antique Brass Bamboo Side Table up next to a sofa or bed for a a stylish tropical accent. Blue and white chinoiserie porcelain accents such as the Port Chow Blue Accent Table add an exotic feel to any space.
Achieve that laid-back island feel by introducing accent reminiscent of paradise into your home’s decor with woven textures like wicker and rattan and island inspired shapes from shells to coral to palm fronds. Combine these elements with an inspired palette of lush greens, soothing blues, and pops of color inspired by island flowers and you’ll be well on your way to adding that touch of tropical at home.
Image credits: Dana Small via House of Turquoise, Annie Schlechter, Cote de Texas
Kate Riley is a self proclaimed incurable DIYer with a passion for interior design and a great eye for decorating with style! Kate's blog Centsational Girl has been rated one of the top Home & Garden blogs for three years running. When not writing about the best and latest in exceptional design and home improvement, you can be sure Kate will be simultaneously wielding a paintbrush while sipping Syrah where she resides in the California Wine Country. Follow Kate on Google+