By Khalid Abdullah | January 5, 2013
I reside in a warm, sunny climate and most days are filled with sunshine, palm trees, shapely ocean waters and luminous flowers. For many folks, myself included, there is something about the warm, sunny tropical environment that lifts our spirits. And, decorating our homes in tropical, or Florida style is quite simple, as many retail establishments have a tremendous selection of related home decor items to hold.
What can be done if you want that same tropical sunshine feel in your home but you don’t live in my spot of the world? Or, you may reside in a warm climate, but want to do something more creative than palm tree pictures and state mats. Whatever the station, you can accomplish a lovely tropical home decor that uniquely expresses your lifestyle.
First, decide what room or position of your home is going to be section of this decorating project, and then choose what your budget is going to be. It is primary that you address these two principal points before doing anything else. If you are decorating on a budget, which most of us are, that will dictate your near to this tropical transformation.
Tropical colors can be valiant and graceful, in shades of blue, green, coral, turquoise, purple and yellow, so if you admire color, this is a grand decorating style for you. Conversely, you can gain a comely tropical decor with soft colors as well, so there is no sure ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ path for you to engage when it comes to color choices. I’ve had success with the following color palette, and although it is different than the color schemes mentioned above it worked very well. The walls of the guest bedroom were painted a medium shade of bronze-brown, floors were bamboo wood, window treatment was a simple off-white sheer tied serve with a shapely silk leaf greenery, ceiling fan with faux bamboo paddles, simple palm tree sketches with brown frames on the walls, slim silk palm tree in the corner and a taupe iron bed with bedspread in cream, green and brown with a muted palm tree pattern. The understated theme of this room did not yell ‘tropical style’, but the color and accessory combinations worked very well in my Florida style home.
You may choose to bring the tropical atmosphere into the room in a astronomical intention by using a smart, valiant color on the walls of your room. Or, you may opt for a muted shade on your walls and expend the brilliant colors for accents in the room. Remember that the tropics includes naturals, including trees, trees and more trees, so a ravishing, realistic looking silk (or staunch if your green thumb and station will allow) palm tree or something similar will always recognize spacious. have in mind that you really do rep what you pay for with silks, so resolve the best that your budget will afford.
Accessorize thoughtfully and creatively, trying to avoid the types of commercial and over-used pieces that you probably leer elsewhere. ogle for a unusual lamp that has a tropical feel. Remember as you shop to search for online, for there are many titanic sources for tropical themed rugs. resolve carefully because one new position or entry rug could potentially become the focal point of your tropical theme. Or, you might secure artwork with a standard tropical theme, but the framing or artistry makes it stand out as modern and unduplicated.
Window treatments can include plantation shutters, wood blinds, lightweight fabrics and fun print valances, depending upon your style preferences. Avoid heavy, unlit draping styles, as they are contrary to a tropical decor.
The same plan is applicable to the overall feel and peek of the room. The upholstered furniture does not have to be wicker and white, but it should have a light overall ‘feel’ and appearance. For example, if you are striving for a tropical peek to your room’s decor, a navy blue and hunter green plaid sofa will probably not produce the feel you are seeking. A sea foam green sofa with a combination of cream and coral accent pillows will retract you in the tropical, or Florida style, direction.
settle your tropical color way and how you will apply it to your room, shop for novel and critical (not necessarily expensive!) pieces, include natural textures, refrain from over-accessorizing, and you will be on your method to creating a lovely Florida style decor, no matter where you live.