The Ultimate Guide to Tropical Design: 5 Tips for a Stunning Space

01st Jun 2023

Designing in Paradise!

The top 5 tips for Tropical Designs by our very own Redecor experts. Dive in!

Designing a home in the tropical style can transport you to a beautiful and relaxing paradise. With its bright colors, natural materials, and lush foliage, this style creates a refreshing and inviting atmosphere. However, it can be challenging to know where to start when designing in this style. In this article, we’ll provide 5 tips for home designers to help you create a beautiful and relaxing tropical space.

1. Use Textured Wall Coverings

Incorporating textured wall coverings is a great way to add depth and interest to your Tropical design. Consider using materials such as woven grasses, bamboo, or rattan to create a natural and textured backdrop for your space. These materials can be used on an accent wall or throughout the entire room to create a cohesive look. 

Textured wall coverings also help to bring a tactile element to the space, adding to the overall sensory experience of the design. By incorporating these materials into your tropical design, you can create a visually stunning and inviting space that is both relaxing and engaging.

You can also incorporate natural materials in other places in your designs: Use materials such as bamboo, rattan, and teak to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. These materials are also durable and long-lasting, making them a great investment for your home.

Here’s a great example from our design experts! Prints can bring so many different places alive.

A vision board for tropical designs, interior design focused

2. Lean into the Tropical Color Palette

The tropical style is known for its bright and bold colors. Use vibrant hues such as turquoise, coral, and lime green to create a tropical vibe. These colors work well with most natural materials and can make a room feel more inviting and cheerful.

Here is a beautiful example created by our experts, showing how you can use coral, green and even a hint of yellow in a classy and timeless way that still manages to feel fresh. The carpet corresponds to the coral in the picture, while the turquoise pops in the table, pillows and through hints inside the wall art.

a beautiful living room with a bold pink picture and coral rug

3. Time for Plants

Adding lush foliage is a must when designing in the tropical style. Use plants such as palm trees, ferns, and orchids to create a tropical oasis in your home. These plants not only add beauty to your space but also purify the air and promote relaxation.

Our design experts chose this fresh and beautiful balcony scene to showcase the importance of greenery in creating a bright ambiance. The vibrancy of this space gets a boost with the fun print of the pillow, the light-colored pillars and the earthy clay material for the plant stand.

a balcony with details on how to design it on the right side

4. Let in Natural Light

Natural light is an important aspect of the tropical style. Use sheer curtains or blinds to let in natural light and create a bright and airy atmosphere. This also helps to showcase the vibrant colors and natural materials used in your design.

Notice how much natural light can come through when the curtains are a pale pearl color! This sets the perfect mood, along with the marble and dark wooden platform. The room still has a touch of whimsical energy, with the fun printed backsplash and tropical art piece. The brass details can show how to add a touch of sophistication – even to a bathroom!

bathroom with tropical picture and marble backsplash

5. Embrace the Outdoors 

When designing in the tropical style, it’s important to embrace the outdoors. Using nature inspired prints as well as natural and textured materials can help create a nature-esque vibe inside the home.

One of the hallmarks of Tropical design is the seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. You can incorporate elements such as outdoor rugs, furniture, and lighting to create a cohesive design between the indoor and outdoor spaces. By creating an indoor-outdoor flow, you’ll be able to fully embrace the Tropical design style and bring the beauty of nature into your designs.

This room is a perfect example! Just looking at it feels like a breath of fresh air. Our experts did a few things to achieve this feel: The textured green material for the footrest is very much nature inspired, tying in with the shades of pale green and gold on the stunning pillows. The throw mimics the green tones of the other details, while the rug leans more into the leaf pattern than the green itself. Finally, the yellow pillows add a touch of brightness, and the light-colored sofa and wall art seal the deal.

picture of living room with green footrest and colorful rug

Try your hand at Tropical Designs using these tips!

Embracing tropical design elements in your interior projects can transport your clients to a serene and exotic paradise within the comforts of their own home. By following these top tips, you’ll be well-equipped to infuse your design projects with the captivating allure of a tropical getaway. So go ahead, unleash your creativity, and embark on a journey to transform your clients’ living spaces into tropical havens that will transport them to a world of sun-kissed shores and tranquil palm-fringed beaches. Embrace the spirit of the tropics, and let your imagination soar as you design spaces that reflect the beauty and serenity of paradise!

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