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In the temperate Florida climate, one trend seems to re-appear on a regular basis– bigger, bolder, and brighter than ever. That trend is tropical dècor. It’s safe to say in our sunny environment, it never really goes out of style. And why should it? When you think about it, a tropical palette inspired by ocean colors and patterns inspired by tropical foliage is always spot-on for our warm weather.
If you are ready to reinvent tropical dècor for your home, consider giving it an eclectic update. Consider eclectic leafy patterns mixed with stripes in a juicy color palette balanced by crisp white and stark black. It’s casual, it’s tropical, and it’s completely unexpected. Everything we love in a well-put-together interior design.
Tropical dècor is by definition eclectic, since it draws on influences from traditional colonial to scenic spots in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Fiji, and Bali. Here’s everything you need to bring this look into your home.
Tropical dècor hinges on color and pattern, so include at least one or two items, whether accessories or pieces of furniture upholstered in a bold print. Above, the sofa features accent pillows that bring in vibrant colors and a tropical vibe. The Bali Hai
Quickship Shoreline Sofa from Tommy Bahama puts an eclectic spin on tropical style with pillows featuring a bold print. The sofa has the feel of heirloom European furniture that pairs well with the otherwise casual feel of the space. The braided motif adds the touch of whimsy that is a trademark of eclectic style.
Inspired by cultural fusion, the Los Altos Five-Piece Dining set by Tommy Bahama features the Weston table with its carved acanthus leaf design. This eclectic design is part tropical, part eclectic, and entirely beautiful. The Kneeling Woven Banana leaf chairs crafted from bent rattan emphasize the tropical mood of the set in a vibrantly modern way. Geometric black candlesticks and a neutral area rug keep the look clean, simple, and unfussy. A bowl of ripe mangoes keeps the look close to its tropical roots without losing the eclectic feel. A mix of tangerines and limes would also do the trick.
A little unexpected whimsy can really make tropical eclectic style pop. Try adding a side table in an unexpected shape made of tropical materials. The Bali Hai Hibiscus
Round Accent table from Tommy Bahama does just that. The hollow, woven rattan base supports an elegant, geometric crushed bamboo top. It fits in perfectly with more streamlined furniture pieces and gives a fresh vibe to the space. You can imagine basking in the restful, summertime feel of a tropical getaway.
Filled with bold, bright colors and interesting shapes gives the eye a lot to see in tropical dècor. To enhance the harmony of a space and give the eyes a rest every once in a while, add a streamlined piece with simple lines. The bold hardware on the Los
Altos Carnaby Drawer Chest by Tommy Bahama draws on the Pan-Asian elements common in tropical dècor while traditional materials such as knotty pine and a distressed finish give it a rustic look. Overall, this piece adds a dynamic, cosmopolitan feel to your eclectic tropical dècor.
Add and subtract accessories such as throw pillows, botanical prints, seashells, brass lamps, and big leafy plants, until you get the balanced look you want. Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy.