Fashion designers must have been dreaming of Bali Ha’i this year. The latest fashion runways for summer featured models in Hawaiian prints and lush banana leaves.
Home design follows fashion closely and tropical style has started popping up in the coolest apartments and houses. If you love the idea of adding a little island-chic to your home or apartment, some of the easiest ways to get the look fast involve adding:
- Tropical print wallpaper (pick the removable, easy to peel style if you’re renting)
- A wall mural
- A large, potted indoor plant like a fig, bird of paradise, palm, rubber tree or elephant ear
- Art work in a gallery wall pattern
- A focal wall in a painted emerald green or lime green
- Accessories like pillows, a throw or area rug
- Hawaiian print bedding
- Tropical fabric for a headboard, arm chair or curtains
A tropical wall canvas trio in bright colors and a vase of saw palmetto cuttings add an island vibe to this living room. Photo: Homepolish
Here are some of the freshest tropical decorating ideas bound to give your home a little bit of island vibe.
Funky and Cool Tropical Living Rooms
Tropical urban loft living with panels of banana leaf wallpaper. Photo: Z Gallerie
Modern tropical design that’s subtle featuring lattice-pattern fabric and elephant leaves on a ceiling light fixture. Photo: Touch Interiors
The jungle influence in this room comes from the pops of emerald green and the banana leaf throw on the sofa. Photo: Indie and Co.
Fun, maximalist tropical design featuring leaf pattern wallpaper and sectional. Photo: Alex Fulton Design
Tropical Decorating Ideas for the Bedroom
Avoid a paradise theme overload by using wallpaper sparingly; like behind these alcove bookcases. Photo: Rikki Snyder
Tropical design doesn’t have to always be green. This luxurious bedroom in blacks, greys and whites creates a contemporary resort look. Photo: Jigsaw Interior Design
Paradise-inspired design featuring a rich leather bed, house plants and Anthropologie tropical bedding. Photo: Anthropologie UK
Home Office in an Island Style Design
A light and airy salmon-color tropical wallpaper lightens and brightens this Mid-Century Modern office. Photo: Coordonné Wallpaper
Tropical Inspiration Dining Rooms
A large and fluid tropical print is the dramatic focal point in this resort-inspired home constructed with rich, exotic, dark wood built-ins throughout. Photo: Area Planz
Whimsical pineapple wallpaper for island living. Rattan light pendants add to the tropical island vibe. Aloha! Photo: Chango & Co.
Bring the jungle tropics in with a full-size photomural wall to serve as the room’s theme and focal point. The live, potted rubber tree does well indoors and adds extra dimension. Photo: Disbar Wallpapers
Kitchens with a Modern Jungle Design
This kitchen features an easy-to-clean vinyl palm leaf wallpaper as a backsplash. The look is tied in with other tropical print accents like tea towels and china. Photo: House of Hackney
Update a tired backsplash by having a vibrant image printed in a large size and mounted behind glass to protect it from stovetop splatters. Photo: Lucy G Splashbacks
A geometric leaf-pattern tile by Fireclay Tile in a celadon tone is tropical resort at its best. The crisp, cool celadon color pairs beautifully with white. Photo: M. Walter Design
Minimalist Tropical Decorating for a Contemporary Feel
Turn your neutral living room into a tropical oasis this weekend by adding some oversized, potted fig trees, modern tropical print throw pillows and chartreuse-color curtains to your space. Photo: Shaw Coates
This contemporary living room has a tropical vibe thanks to small touches like the splashes of green and turquoise, an elephant ear plant, island-style throw pillows and the plant terrarium on the coffee table. Photo: Hamish Murray Construction
The pattern-leaf wallpaper in a dark, rich tone creates an intimate feel in this minimalist dining room. Photo: Brewster Home Fashions
Bold Tropical Wall Murals
When pop art meets island life. The bold wall covering in this living room is unforgettable. Photo: Disbar Wallpaper
Accent your headboard and highlight your room’s theme with a boldly patterned wall mural or wallpaper. Photo: Michelle Workman
Although this wallpaper is dramatic, it feels light and airy because of the watercolor paint effect. The parrots in the pattern break up the green and feel three-dimensional. Photo: Coordonné Wallpaper
Florals are another big design trend for this year. This floral mural is inspired by Hawaii’s lush landscapes. Photo: Coordonné Wallpaper
A Tropical Oasis Bathroom
For a botanic bathroom experience, add green tones, rattan accents like a pendant lamp and a wallpapered panel in a lively, tropical print. Photo: Little Greene Paint & Paper
Tropical Wall Art
A calming, earthier version of tropical Miami living featuring photo prints of tropical leaves and textured textiles in layered earth tones. Photo: DWD, Inc.
Close-up shots of leaves and bamboo have been printed and mounted on board to create the multi-dimensional tropical wall look. The art is highlighted by the grasscloth wallpaper behind it. Photo: GM Construction
Tropical Bathroom Wallpaper Ideas
Urban-Chic Leaf Print Wallpaper for a Modern Island Vibe
Banana Leaf Fabric for Headboards and Curtains
Take a classic banana leaf pattern textile and turn it into a modern room accent like a headboard, pillows, curtains, an ottoman or bench. Photos (left to right): Adam Scougall, Burnham Design.
Bright Tropical Prints for Decorating
A tropical theme to your decorating is meant to be bright and cheery. Look for patterns and colors that are bold and graphic. Photos (left to right): Emma Blomfield, eDezeen.
Regardless of where you live, tropical decorating is a great way to add some life and color into a room. As you see, adding tropical decor doesn’t have to be an exclusively green color scheme. There are plenty of other colors, textures and prints available ranging from modern and minimalist to lifelike photomurals to abstract interpretations.
Which of the tropical decorating ideas did you like best?
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