Heat Wave: Decorating a Tropical Home

Coastal Living Room

Is there anything more dreamy than island life? Whether or not you actually live in the tropics, you can achieve a sense of laid-back tropical sophistication in your interior design style with organic accents and upbeat patterns that are characteristic of island homes. Bring the blues of the sea and the textures of the rainforest into your decor with these simple tips from our design experts.

Coastal Bedroom

Go for Bold 

Tropical design style is known for incorporating vibrant colors like yellow, blue, and green. Start by focusing on one main color and add in accents that complement it, like the blue and shades of light green in this bedroom. Neutrals like tan and cream also pair very well with a tropical design style as they are reminiscent of the sand and help keep your space light and airy. 

Embrace Colorful Leafy Patterns

To get the fresh and breezy feel of a tropical home, look for bold leafy patterns on everything from pillows to wallpaper and upholstery. Think palm trees, golden-yellow birds, and red hibiscus flowers. More is typically more when you are decorating in a tropical style, so don’t be afraid to mix two patterns and multiple colors.

modern coastal living room
White Sofa

Create a Place to Pause

Transforming your space into an oasis also means creating places to be at peace. We recommend choosing an area(s) of your home where you can wind down and indulge your inner islander with a yoga mat, comfy reading chair, or even a hammock. Your place of relaxation could be as simple as a very comfy sofa like our Henry Slipcovered Sofa piled high with plush pillows and accented by houseplants.

Add Natural Materials and Tactile Weaves

Tropical homes often include textures and furnishings that evoke a natural, beachy feeling. Your furniture might utilize materials like bamboo, rattan, sisal, and jute, which all give off a rustic, organic touch. Our Woven Chair, for example, brings a tropical aesthetic to a wooden dining table.

Natural Material Furniture
Neutral Living Room

Let the Fresh Air and Sunshine In

Make your home feel like you’re on vacation year-round by encouraging the flow of light and fresh air in every corner. If you are at the design stage, we recommend adding lots of large windows and sliding doors that can open when the weather is nice. Take advantage of features like a sunroom, screened-in porch, and skylights if they are available to you. Window treatments should be kept minimal, like sheer curtains that allow light to pass through. Don’t forget the power of indoor plants like palms and Monsteras, which provide a natural, wild element that brings your space to life.

Create an Oasis at Home with GDC

With summertime just around the corner, now is an ideal time to make your home feel more tropical. Stop by our Charleston furniture stores to browse our boldly patterned upholstery samples, view our collection of rattan furniture, and pick up a few fun accents that will make a colorful statement. If you need help with your tropical-inspired home design project, our interior designers are always on hand for consultations and advice.

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Sage Green Pillow

New Graffito Pillow

Due to the nature of this print, this fabric is random cut; pattern placement may vary from photo and from pillow to pillow.

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Coffee Table

Rory Coffee Table

Equal parts relaxed and refined, this coffee table embodies casual coastal style. Wrapped in natural woven banana plant, creating unique texture and concentric color patterns,

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Island Leaf Object

Island Leaf Object

An elegant upgrade to a relaxed island vibe, this white resin object makes the perfect accent to any dining or coffee table.

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Berkeley Pots

Berkeley Pots Set of 3

The subtle blue glaze and uncommon shapes of these ceramic handmade pots make them the perfect accessory to bring interest to most spaces.

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