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Often the words “tropical style” evoke a style that is cartoonish and over the top—pink flamingos and jungle murals—but those who love it know it as just the opposite. Vibrant but not garish, the lively overtones in tropical decor with its emphasis on natural materials and laid-back approach to living evoke casual elegance. And with a little design magic, you can have a casually elegant dining room that influenced by modern tropical style with Tommy Bahama Island Fusion collection.
Fresh and breezy, modern tropical dining rooms often contain crisp accents and clean, clear colors that put a sophisticated spin on tropical design. When decorating a tropical-inspired room, you can draw from nature’s color palette and use tropical details to bring the outdoors in. Barely there neutrals keep a laid-back feel and substituting texture for color amps up interest. The minimalist tropical look is completed with a simple furniture arrangement and island-inspired accessories.
When thinking about modern tropical style, think textural weaves and natural fibersin experimental applications such as cabinet inserts or wall treatments. Begin your dining room design with the table and chairs with a modern tropical feel, such as the Island Fusion Formal Dining Room by Tommy Bahama. With a handsome wood veneers with medium brown finish and contrasting walnut wrapping around the table edge, this table builds a foundation for your island style. Don't worry about whether or not the finishes match—a layered, collected effect suits this style to a T.
A tropical home evokes streaming sunlight and light breezes floating through the space. No dark, heavy curtains in this room, sheer fabrics or bade windows give you the lightness this style demands. The soft, neutral upholstery of theIsland Fusion Natori Slat Back Chairbrings in warmth and complements the style. The subtle pattern adds interest without overpowering and the simple, sleek lines balance the look while keeping it uncluttered. The room is finished with an understated area rug in a neutral green, wooden pedestal bowls, and calla lilies in a cylindrical vase on the table.
There are no hard-and-fast design rules when putting together a modern tropical design—it’s more of a state of mind. With style influences from a part of the world situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, the style spans numerous countries and cultures with a multitude of diverse nuances. In addition, the seafaring tradition so strong in that region brings influences from across the globe to create an arresting, multilayered blend that somehow just works.
To see more of the Tommy Bahama Island Fusion collection and find out how you can make your dining room a modern tropical showpiece, visit a showroom near you, like our Baer’s Furniture Casselberry location, and follow us on the Baer’s Furniture Facebook for the latest sales and promotions!
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