Think wonderfully strong, punchy blooms combined with accessories in all colours of the rainbow. Bring in brightly patterned throws and cushions to add a touch of the exotic.
Choose your colour scheme. Bold colours are the key to achieving this look Collect snippets from a variety of sources to inspire you, fabric and wallpaper swatches, flowers, your favourite images from magazines and let the ideas flow! Unless you’re particularly daring think carefully about how much colour you can live with, and to what extent you can incorporate it in your scheme.
Plan how the room is going to look Think about how the tropical feel will mix in with your current scheme. Unless you plan to start afresh with new furniture, think about ways to jazz up your existing pieces, some fake tropical plants that look real can really help give that tropical look. Any items made from MDF are perfect for repainting, while loose covers can be made up for sofas, and inexpensive voiles hung at the windows.
Go for complementary furniture Add new items that will really give a taste of the exotic. For example a bamboo butler’s tray and seagrass cube are small enough to incorporate into an existing scheme, but make all the difference. Try to select striking accessories start with colour and texture,combine them in smaller pieces so that they make a bold impact without becoming obtrusive. Bring in the most vibrant colours you like in cushions and throws, and lighting and rugs. There’s always space for one or two new pieces of furniture.
A coloured rug or dramatic wall hanging, for example, With one or two subtle base colours in the palette, you can really afford to go to town with accessories, especially fresh flowers.
Be as daring as you like, your base colour will play an important role here, as it sets the scene before any furniture is added. Mix and match colours on the walls to create a really fresh, summery look. If you’re feeling daring try strong reds, pinks or rusts. The tropical theme encompasses a wide range of looks, from white walls to subtle pastels, right up to vibrant hues such as aquamarine, lapis lazuli, hot pink and canary yellow. Pick your favourite look, then bring in as much or as little colour as is right for you. The possibilities are endless, and the the overall effect can be as bold or subtle as you like. Just bear in mind that you’ll be living with the scheme you choose every day!