For a more adventurous interior take the botanical look one step further and go for a Tropical interior in your home by introducing exotic colours and flashes of palm prints. This look is all over the catwalks and high street fashion this summer, lots of palm prints and vibrant coloured fabrics and it’s slowly moving into interiors. This look isn’t for the faint hearted, it involves a lot of vibrant colours, exotic prints, unusual furniture and more adventurous lighting. If your’re after a touch of paradise, somewhere you can escape to after a day in a dull grey office then a touch of tropicana might be just the thing for you.
Lighting up your Tropical Interiors
Litecraft offers a selection of exotic looking light fittings featuring stunning coloured beads ad crystal effect glass. Our easy to fit chandeliers are great for adding a quick touch of tropicana, choose our yummy 3 Tier Acrylic Easy to Fit Shade in Plum for a pop of hot plum purple or our simple 30cm Fabric Easy to Fit Ceiling Shade in Lavender for a little less glitz. A stunning green option that looks great against a sandy tropical backdrop and paired with tropical pal leaves is our Green Bead White Easy to Fit Pendant Shade, back by popular demand this fitting is the epitome of tropical flare. For a touch of azure ocean blue our stunning Flocked 1 Light Curved Easy to Fit Pendant – Aqua boasts stunning smooth blue gems cascading from a curved velour blue frame. We also stock a range of rattan, wicker and bamboo fittings that are perfect for a tropical rainforest vibe as oppose to the sandy beach tropical look.
Choosing the right colour for your tropical interior
You need to think about colour when planning a tropical interior, the main hues for a tropical interior are exotic vibrant tones but you should think about your initial canvas first. Think about the colours you would find in a tropical paradise, from the luscious greens of jungle palm trees and fruit lime to the hot pinks and purples of exotic flowers and the gold yellows of a sandy beach or the aqua tones of the ocean. There are so many colours to use but don’t feel obliged to use them all in one setting. Choose a colour you’re happy with as your secondary colour, a white or cream colour is best as your primary canvas colour. If you feel like going crazy and full on with this look there are some amazing tropical print wallpapers around featuring flamingoes, parrots or exotic flowers and petals, for the ultimate in tropical wall art check out Pablo Piatti’s tropical birds wallpaper here.
Think about the room size
Colour is key for a tropical scene but you should think about the room size first when recreating a tropical scene, for instance green is an ideal colour for conservatories and large open spaces that feature a lot of natural light such as sky lights, you want your outdoor space to flow naturally into your indoor space to create one big tropical oasis. But then a deep green may not work in a smaller space such as a vanity room or a small kitchen, in this instance it’s best to choose paler greens for the walls and make up for the lack of colour with vibrant accessories.
Add tropical plants
To mix up the green element and create a layering of different green hues add some palm trees and other tropical plants such as eucalyptus plants and cacti into the mix, if you’re a busy body and don’t have time to look after a real plant you can always opt for a faux option, these are just as life like, can be found at most garden centres and just need a wipe from time to time to keep them looking fresh and shiny.
Keep at least one wall coloured in a neutral tone
Natural colours such as brown and cream can also be used to break up the boldness of a tropical interior, we suggest keeping at least one wall coloured in a neutral tone to prevent a closed in feeling especially for smaller low ceiling rooms. Rattan and wicker furniture and lighting in neutral finishes will also help to breakup the green as well as adding an organic element, to really mix things up scatter some natural toned leopard print accessories such as a cushion or throw. Don’t forget about the red spectrum for this look, it might sound odd but mixing orange, red, purple and pink tones into a green interior will also help break up the heavy green hues. It also adds a more exotic feel to the interior as it connotes the tropical floral elements such as red orchids and the colourful wildlife of these paradise islands such as parrots and flamingos.
If your idea of a tropical paradise is out at sea on the beautiful azure ocean then try adding a tones from the blue colour spectrum into your tropical interior. Blue and green tones work perfectly together and are extremely calming when incorporated into an interior, they immediately give off a sea breeze ocean vibe. To give your room an extra shimmery ocean feel add flashes of sequins, metallic, glitter and silk soft furnishings against your blue and green base. You could even incorporate some Portuguese style tiles as a back splash or as a simple wall feature.
Accessorising your Tropical Interiors
To complete this look scatter some vibrant coloured cushions with leafy motifs or just simple exotic colours such as plum, green or teal. Our India Teal Floral Cushion will sit perfectly in an ocean tropic scene, it features a large origami styled felted flower on a sheet of deep teal. Or for an exotic floral element choose our Cherry Blossom Cushion in Pink, with a pretty pink blossom embroidered motif and turquoise embroidered bird design it will give that extra pop of colour that will perfectly break up the green and blue tones. Finally add some exotic ornaments to sit beside your palm trees such as funky flamingo and peacock sculptures or pineapple shaped vases. The wackier the better!!
For more Litecraft inspiration take a look at our tropical interior lighting look book below..
For more Tropical Interiors Inspiration see our Pinterest board here …
Are you brave enough to incorporate the Tropical Interior trend into your home?