Tropical Style Home Décor

Tropical style décor is best described as natural but exotic. It incorporates natural materials like wood and leather just like rustic décor and other natural styles.

However, the exotic jungle element is introduced through animal prints and palm fronds. Playful elements like animal prints can also be introduced but should be used minimally to avoid a silly, cartoonish vibe.

Because tropical style décor relies on intricate textile patterns in furnishings and window treatments, accessories should be kept to a minimum.

As opposed to a bunch of small accessories clustered together, try using one large item to fill the space. Natural colors such as greens, browns, golds, and ivories are most often found in tropical style rooms.

Tropical Style Décor Walls and Floors

  • Flooring can be any natural material such as wood, stone, or tile
  • Dark colors in flooring are common
  • Rugs can be natural woven materials such as sisal, sea grass, or rattan
  • Inject a lush look with a faux animal hide rug
  • Walls are often done in light colors to contrast with the dark tones of the furniture
  • Faux finishes such as plaster or color washing can add depth to walls

Tropical Style Décor Furnishings

  • Common materials:
    • Dark colored wood
    • Leather
    • Wicker
  • Oversized pieces of furniture are common in tropical style décor
  • Plush upholstery ups the comfort level
  • Fanciful hardware such as iron pieces in animal designs is a popular choice
  • Lighter weight wicker, bamboo, and iron pieces balance out the larger, heavy pieces
  • Fabric pieces might be done in animal prints or leaf prints

Tropical Style Décor Accessories

  • Wall decoration ideas:
    • Hang jungle themed artwork like close ups of palm fronds and jungle animals
    • Tribal or animal masks contribute to the exotic feel
    • Hang some matchstick window shades or placemats from an accent wall to add texture
    • Display a collection of antique birdcages
    • Hang mosquito netting or pale fabric from the ceiling to arch around furniture in a half canopy
  • Table and counter decoration ideas:
    • Large plants such as palms are good choices for low tables and floors
    • Light plants from underneath to maximize their visual appeal
    • Use woven baskets as bookends (fill them with something sturdy first!)
    • Display a collection of smooth white stones in a hand carved wooden bowl
    • Cluster some tall pillar candles in warm colors
    • Display a collection of books with worn leather covers
  • Lighting ideas:
    • Oversized table lamps balance out the large furnishings
    • Consider lamp bases in natural materials like sisal or bamboo
    • Wrought iron chandeliers inject elegance and plenty of light

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