Tropical decor can work great for a kid’s room. It’s also a way to transform any room into an oasis. This is the perfect way to create a breezy look that will even work with the white walls of your apartment. With the economic down turn many people have to cut back on their vacations. Tropical decor makes it feel like you are always on a getaway.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Go for light & breezy. The tropics evoke feelings of relaxation & vacation. Instead of turning the room into a jungle, think of your favorite beach resort. Use cool colors & flowy draperies. Pick up an inexpensive white canopy to hang over the bed that will hide any flaws in your bedroom set. It makes a room feel like it has been decorated even if there isn’t a headboard.
Use natural textures. Bamboo blinds are inexpensive & they add another layer to the room. Decorate with shells or palm fronds to make the room feel even breezier. Use a tight color palette like yellow & taupe. The texture adds another dimension to the room while still being soothing.
It’s all about the plants. The tropics are full of plants. Use live plants that will add a sense of life to the room. Choose plants that will grow well in your environment but still have large leafs or vibrant flowers.
Fill the room with dark wood tones. Keep the furniture sleek. Tropical decor uses rich, exotic wood tones. This way furniture can be reused if the room is taken in another direction or theme.
Bring the outdoors in. Hunt the clearance section of the garden department to track down rattan furniture. This can be used for a seating nook. They often have outdoor sisel rugs that are just a fraction of the cost of traditional rugs. Save even more money by shopping the end of season clearance sale that can have prices 75%-90% off.
Stay away from kitsch. Sure, a wallpaper border with cheetahs on it will definitely convey the tropical feeling. However, it might be too literal. Instead, try breaking up your living room set by bringing in a chair with a unique pattern. These can often be found at thrift shops for just a few dollars. Choose a fun animal print or a cool Caribbean color. This transforms your entire room easily.