Tropical decor is an iconic yet whimsical style that has transported us to a happier state of mind for decades. Picture kitschy tiki bars, the house from “The Golden Girls,” or that amazing resort you stayed at on some island vacation, but with a modern twist.
While similar to a relaxed coastal aesthetic, tropical home decor differs by incorporating bold colors and playful patterns that beach motifs often lack. However, both design styles send the message of leaving your troubles at the door and escaping to a slice of paradise, instead.
Whether you prefer a classic vintage or a more subtle modern look, we have plenty of tropical decor ideas for every room from your entry to patio. Read on to learn how to turn a single room or your entire home into the coveted destination you’ve been dreaming of.
1. Welcome to the Jungle
Your entryway sets the stage for your entire home. Adding a tropical rug, like our Botanica Doormat, will lighten the mood of anyone who walks through your front door. Plants love sunshine and fresh air, making your porch the perfect spot for lush greens that play well into a tropical decor theme. Try a mixture of succulents, ferns, and leafy reeds in different shades of green to emulate jungle vibes without having to put in too much effort.
2. Out of Office Mode
There’s nothing like some reggae and an ice cold piña colada to help you unwind on a warm summer evening! We love patios decorated with neutral rattan or wicker furnishings paired with an outdoor tropical rug, like our Filifera Palm Green Rug seen here. Complete the island look with real or faux palm trees, depending on your climate, and a simple touch of glam in the form of a gold vase on the table.
3. A Pineapple a Day Keeps Bad Vibes Away
A tropical kitchen would never be complete without some juicy citrus, like our Fruit Punch Multicolor Rug. Add to the island vibe with colorful cabinets and a fun retro fridge. For a sweet aroma, hang a basket of mangoes, pineapples, papayas, and guavas near your kitchen window. This will also add cheerful pops of yellow, green, and orange that are frequently found along coastal regions.
4. Deep Shades, Blue Waves
One of our favorite rooms to add tropical decor to is the bedroom. Since this is your place of rest and relaxation, keep the theme tasteful and serene and try incorporating oceanic tones like blues, whites, and greens. A white room with a blue accent wall is a good foundation to start with. We adore the botanical window treatments, bamboo table, and textured potted plants that add a calming, tropical feel throughout the space, while the sandy-colored geometric area rug completes the look.
5. Bring the Beach to Your Balcony
Mentally escape to the tropics every time you set foot on your balcony with a tropical outdoor rug. Our Ombra Teal Rug makes a great focal point for this small outdoor space thanks to the large, colorful pattern. Keep the rest of the decor minimal yet on-theme to complete the tropical vibe. Furniture made from natural fibers emphasize an authentic island flair, while vibrant, tropical flowers like birds of paradise, orchids, or hibiscus are an excellent finishing touch.
6. Escape to Summer
If your backyard has a pool surrounded by lots of foliage and vegetation, you’re already halfway there! Don’t compete with the natural shades of green that already exist in the space, but instead decorate with tropical colors that complement the natural setting. Consider wicker, seagrass, or light wood furniture in a natural palette for a soothing ambience. For a pop of color, add a yellow throw and tropical rug for the finishing touch.