Thursday’s Theme: In the Tropics

Bright colors, bold plants and exotic patterns are all things to keep in mind when going tropical in any room of your home. It can be easy to go a little overboard, however, so we have put together some tips on keeping your tropical haven relaxed and lively while maintaining classy and stylish looks.

Blue Multi Stripes Floral Rug

Start with neutral colored furniture in tan, white, navy or brown. You can always add an accent chair or table, but by having a large focal point of your room neutral, it’s easier to identify and piece together complementing décor. Add floral patterned pillows, solid and brightly colored pillows, or mix and match for a full and festive look. For wood floors, choose a rug that is sure to make a statement. On lighter wood, place a rug with a darker background under a vibrant pattern. Your lightly colored floors will add an eye-catching contrast to the darker fibers of the rug. For darker floors, do the opposite: brighter colors will create the lively statement you want to make.

Cabriole Chairside TableRound Cottage LampDarkly stained accent tables contribute to the comfortable feeling in a tropical design, especially against colorful and whitewashed décor and other furniture. However, if you’ve already chosen a darker sofa or have dark hardwood floors, a washed out side table will create an appealing contrast. The whitewashed look has a beachy feel and can provide that appealing statement you desire. You can then add colorful figurines, books and other decoratives to fulfill the tropical atmosphere.

An accent lamp or decorative floor lamp (or even a ceiling fan with blades that look like large fern leaves) can also create an interesting tropical contrast, especially in a smaller room or one without a lot of surface area on which to place novelty décor and accents. Choose a brightly colored, patterned and/or uniquely shaped lamp base and use a white fabric or burlap shade to create a natural look.

Metal Leaf Wall ArtOrleans CurtainsOur last recommendation does not exhaust this list by any means, but is an important one for completing your tropical escape. Wall décor and window dressings are important because they surround your room, and your home, and may be the first parts of a room you and your guests see when they walk in. When looking for tropical wall accents, think a little bit on the side of tribal or mosaic designs; these will most likely be intricate patterns and will mimic shapes and forms of the natural world – perfect for a tropical design.

Curtains and window dressings for a tropical room should come from either end of the spectrum. More specifically, choose light, airy and lacy curtains for a more relaxed look, and heavier, fuller fabrics for more formality. In combination with the above tips, you can create a lively and stylish tropical room (or rooms) in your home that you are sure to enjoy year after year.

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