Tips for bringing tropical decor to your home

Cassie Pryce

Embrace one of the new-season’s most popular looks and introduce botanical prints, playful motifs and plenty of vibrant colours

Jungle fever

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Start your scheme with green as a base colour to conjure up images of tropical rainforests and instantly add a fresh and natural-inspired feel to any room.

Take your pick from the spectrum of shades ranging from zesty lime to deep forest green and layer up two or three different hues to add interest.

 

Turn up the heat

Build up the look by adding accents of vibrant colours such as coral, fuchsia, yellow and turquoise. Just small pops of these colours can really bring a room to life and they can be worked into your scheme as much or as little as you like.

Why not try dressing your bed with a statement coral throw or covering an armchair in a bold orange fabric to brighten up a dark corner of a room?

 

Lush and leafy

Tropical leaf hand towel, £8; embossed glass tumbler, £5; monkey towel ring, £18; embossed glass lotion dispenser, £7, all Dunelm

Introduce natural motifs such as leaf or palm tree prints to bring a sense of the outdoors in. Graphic monstera (aka cheese plant) or banana tree leaves make a summery statement when used on soft furnishings or even as framed artwork to dress the walls.

Foliage-inspired designs can be used to add pattern to your styling in any room, from tropical amaryllis print towels in the bathroom to dainty palm designs on kitchenware to give your table top an on-trend makeover.

 

Feathered friends

Playful flamingos make a welcome appearance as part of the tropical trend and this pretty-in-pink bird can really add character and a little whimsy to your interior décor.

Use this motif as a way to bring a hint of pink into your look, or consider breaking the mould and choosing an alternative colourway such as gold or graphic monochrome for something a little more sophisticated.

 

Exotic additions

Glass top geometric side table, £79; pineapple table lamp, £30; tropical butterfly reversible duvet cover, from £10, all George Home

Continue your quirky styling streak with the introduction of pineapple designs to help build up a truly tropical space. Similar to flamingo motifs, this fashionable fruit can be used in the finishing touches to pull a scheme together and, even when used in the smallest of details, can have a big impact.

Why not change the drawer knobs on a sideboard to gold pineapple pulls as a subtle update, for example?

 

Off the wall

Tropical bloom wallpaper, £195, Sian Zeng

If a larger-scale makeover is in order, a jungle-inspired wallpaper is sure to make a stylish statement, whether used as a feature wall or all-over design.

With prints ranging from botanical scenes to birds of paradise, there is a huge selection on the market depending on the look and feel you want to create.

Choose a design with a white or light-coloured background if you want to keep the room feeling open and airy, or go bold with a deep green or black colourway for a more cocooning effect.

 

Going green

Complete any tropical-themed room with a mixture of fresh or faux greenery to fully embrace this look. House plants such as monstera, areca palms or kentia palms are well-suited to indoor environments and can be displayed as floor plants as they grow.

For smaller alternatives, cacti are a popular choice that require little maintenance or opt for spider plants that are perfect for emanating a wild, jungle vibe.

 

Back to nature

As well as colour and pattern, texture plays a key role when it comes to furnishing and styling a new scheme. For this particular look, include materials such as rattan, jute, bamboo and wood to give your space a raw edge that ties in with its natural origins.

Alternatively, create a contrast by focusing on smooth, manmade textures, like metal or velvet upholstery, to give your styling a refined finish.

 

Tropical oasis

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Extend your styling outdoors and transform your outside space into a little slice of paradise.

Dress a patio or decked area with fun touches such as colourful lanterns or flamingo-shaped fairy lights and, if you have room, recreate holiday beach vibes by hanging a hammock as a comfy spot to relax in.