Tropical designs are bright, lively, sunny, refreshing and can transform your home into an instant island retreat. We have compiled tips on how to give your home a tropical feel no matter what time of the year.

Be Bold

One thing you will notice about many tropical interiors is the unapologetic approach to maximalism. It is not uncommon to see bright colors, bold patterns and natural textures. This is one of the best designs to let you go all out! If you want to be adventurous, do not be afraid to play with towering plants, dark wood, eye-catching foliage wallpapers and hints of blues and greens to complete the tropical look.

Sea Life

One of the easiest ways to create a tropical vibe is to use sea life for inspiration. Think fish, pelicans, lobsters and sea turtles. 

If you do not want to commit to a tropical-inspired wallpaper, creating a gallery of coastal animals is a great alternative. Local artist Jonathan Runge has some excellent artwork featuring sea creatures, which you can find at here at Ava’s Attic.

Adorn Your Tables

For those who do not have the resources to remodel a whole house or room, you can create a tablescape featuring your tropical favorites. Check out this gorgeous coral reef centerpiece that is perfect for your dining table.

Throw in these salad plates and you will have an instant tropical dining area!

Think Aloha

A quick and inexpensive way to bring in the tropics is to throw in a few decor pieces that are reminiscent of island life. Like banana leaves, pineapples, coconuts, and tropical flowers. This pineapple lamp will provide you with the extra lighting you need and also packs a nice tropical statement without overdoing things.

Choose Natural Materials

The tropical design usually calls for textured, natural materials such as bamboo, rattan, and wicker. Consider adding or upgrading to furniture made of these laid-back materials.

You do not have to limit yourself to furniture either. Take for instance this beautiful hamper that will incorporate seamlessly into your tropical abode.

Accentuate Here and There

When changing your home’s theme, you do not have to do huge renovations or replace big-ticket items. Sometimes, small but impactful pieces will do the trick. This works really well for the tropical design that you might only want for a short period of time. Instead of throwing away perfectly fine furniture, display your beachside mementos in strategic places.

These flamingo and peacock bookends are perfect for dressing up your office table or bookshelf!

As you can see, there are many ways to pull off a tropical theme without much expense or heavy lifting. For more decor and furniture ideas, visit Ava’s Attic on Facebook.

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