When your water garden resembles the ocean and your window features a stunning landscape of blooming shrubs and palm trees, you’re pretty lucky: mother nature has done most of the decorating for you. But, when you take that natural goodness and combine it with thoughtful design, you can take the beauty to another level.
A living room is the perfect place to explore your tropical imagination and creativity! Bring some sunshine into your living room with an injection of tropical color design. Both relaxing and uplifting, the feature of the tropics is a big interior design trend for the new season and will add bags of personality to your living room.
The colors and decorations that you choose for your walls will have a large impact on the overall feel of the room. Soft neutrals, such as off-whites or pale browns, will look natural and make other colors in the room seem more vibrant. You can use bolder colors, such as corals or turquoises, for accents. Consider decorating the walls with palm trees or seashell decals, or even painting a beach scene on a large wall. You may also enjoy paintings or posters of tropical areas, or travel posters.
Crisp whites combined with punches of bright colors immediately transport you to the coast. Try aqua accents in the pillows and throw rugs that mimic the ocean’s dazzling blues, and the pops of bright orange that are inspired by the magnificent hues of the setting sun. Whitewashed horizontal shiplap planking evokes the feel of old Gulf-front beach houses. For curtains, use light, sheer fabrics or consider using mosquito netting, still keeping the color palette in mind. Wooden blinds will look better than vinyl ones.
Plain hardwood floors will feel most tropical, but other natural materials, such as tile, are also suitable. For tile, choose light, organic colors, such as what would be found on a beach. Bamboo planks of any color are a particularly good choice for a hardwood floor because the pattern of the wood suits the feel.
If you want carpet, beige is a nice choice. You can also create a tropical feel in the room without altering your flooring by adding an area rug. Choose natural fibers or rug patterns with a tropical theme, such as palm trees, seashells, pineapples or tropical animals. Of course, if you live literally in the tropics by the coast, ditch the rugs as it will be hard to maintain. Settle for the hardwood or bamboo flooring.
Finding the right furniture pieces is essential as they should not only provide great comfort for your family and guests, but also carry out the ambience of the tropics.
Natural materials most suit a tropical Asian theme. Bamboo is a particularly good choice for furniture, as it is sturdy and a common furniture material in the Philippines. You may also find it easier to locate an appropriate couch or a set of chairs with a wicker or rattan frame. Your center table can be made out of hardwood and designed with textured fabrics. To bring the room together, side tables and even the television table should be made out of wood as well. Of course, regular maintenance is key to avoid easy dents from termites.
While it is best to have most of your room in neutral colors, you can use bright, bold colors on the cushions of your couch or chairs or choose a tropical-themed pattern. Linens or cottons are best for covering cushions in a tropical room. If your furniture does not emit a tropical vibe and you can't replace it, sew or buy tropical-themed slipcovers or use cloths in natural fibers to cover tables.
To complete the look of your tropical-inspired living room, never underestimate the strong appeal yor décor gives. Adding the proper accessories to a room is the way to truly make a room seem tropical. Look for natural shells or fossils, silk tropical flowers in bright colors, plants or statues of animals that are either tropical or aquatic. Add decorative pillows in vibrant colors.
If you are on a budget, you can most likely make some of your current decor look more tropical. For instance, you could glue pieces of thin bamboo around a floor lamp and cover the shade in natural burlap. You can paint items in brown, or make them look weathered by adding a white crackle finish on top. It's best to be subtle with a tropical living room, or your room may become overwhelming or lack elegance, which can be off-putting to any guests. Choose your colors and decorations with care and try to not add too much to the room. Decorating your tropical-themed room is definitely a fun and creative way to bring your entire imagination on the table while showcasing your tropical Filipino roots.