During the cold winter, a trip to the tropics sounds wonderful to just about everyone. Yet, we can’t all just get up and go. We can, however, bring the tropics into our homes with a little bit of tropical home decor.
When I imagine a tropical home, I see soft winds blowing sheer curtains from the ceiling to floor windows. I see much used patios complete with palm trees facing a beach then an ocean. I see bright colors and seashells gracing the walls and shelves of the home. I also see large plants that are placed on the floor and can grow as tall as the ceiling. These are the types of things that you’ll want if you want to bring the tropics into your home.
To enhance your tropical home decor, the furnishing should be light. If the current fabrics are dark, a slipcover could do this job nicely. If you have any wicker furniture, it should be out and used perhaps in the living room. Wicker furnishings of any sort should be accentuated. The wicker may be natural or painted white. If the wicker is painted white, most other things in the home should be white as well. The color of all of your furnishings should either be the natural honey colored woods or painted white. Both of these options lead to an open and airy feeling in the room.
Whether or not you have floor to ceiling windows is not as important as having that length in sheer curtains. Your curtains should be sheer for days when you open your windows. This will allow the curtains to gently sway in the breezes that come through the windows. Also, you don’t have to live in front of a beach to have the feel of a beach right outside. You can add this feeling by incorporating these colors into your decor.
If you choose to paint the walls, you may choose a light sky blue or you may choose sandy beige. Or you can leave your walls as white as the clouds floating by. If you choose to leave the walls white, artwork depicting ocean scenes will help with a tropical atmosphere. Another addition to a tropical feel would be the use of seashells in your decor. They can be in the form or artwork or actually use the seashells in various places in your home for decor. Place them around an ocean blue candle on a clear glass plate and use as the centerpiece on your coffee table.
A wonderful touch to a tropical feel is the use of plants. There shouldn’t be many. You don’t want to turn tropics into the rain forest. There should be perhaps one or two large plants that sit on the floor. These plants should grow fairly large, but should not become too tall for the room they will live in. The elephant plant is perfect for this type of atmosphere. It’s aesthetically pleasing by bringing just a hint of green into your decor just like there is just a little bit of green on found in tropical regions usually in the form of palm trees.