Publish October 17, 2023
The Art of Tropical Design
living room

The Evolution and Personalization of Tropical Design

The allure of the tropics is undeniably enchanting. Vivid memories are often evoked by the lush greenery, vibrant colors, and shimmering waters of these paradisiacal landscapes. Many have been so captivated that they’ve sought to bring the essence of the tropics to their homes, especially those who’ve ventured to places like Florida to escape the cold Northern winters. But how does one truly capture the essence of the tropical design in their living space?

The Journey of Tropical Style

Historically, the definition of ‘tropical design’ was rather restricted. It was primarily associated with palm tree motifs, bulky furniture, and dark wooden tones. Thankfully, the interpretation of this style has evolved dramatically. Today’s tropical design palette is richer, offering a wide array of colors, patterns, and textures.

Yet, when asked, “What does the Tropical Lifestyle mean to you?”, responses vary greatly. Some resonate with terms like “relaxed”, “beachy”, “airy”, and “natural”, while others might think of “cool colors”, “brightly colored”, or “fresh”. This diversity of interpretations underscores a fundamental truth: the essence of tropical design is deeply personal.

Make It Yours

Rather than conforming to conventional norms or current trends, the essence of tropical design should mirror what it means to each individual. Our homes are reflections of our personalities, preferences, and experiences. Thus, your interpretation of the tropics should resonate with your unique journey.

A ‘collected’ or ‘eclectic’ design approach, where not everything perfectly matches, can result in a vibrant, captivating space. Such interiors intrigue the eye, drawing attention to the unique contrasts and complements in design elements. This breaks the monotony that might arise from a more homogeneous design approach.

Incorporate and Innovate

Cherished possessions, be it something you’ve inherited or bought, need not be discarded in the quest for tropical design. There’s always a way to integrate these pieces, perhaps even reimagining them. A vintage chair could be transformed with a tropical-colored fabric. An old ottoman can be revived with quirky nailhead patterns. By giving such items a fresh twist, they can become standout pieces in your tropical-themed space.

Current and Classic

While current tropical design trends lean towards bold jewel tones like tangerine orange, cobalt blue, and emerald green, the timeless appeal of nature-inspired decor remains. The eternal charm of bringing the outdoors inside will always be a dominant theme in tropical design.

Embrace Your Tropical Vision

In essence, there’s no one-size-fits-all blueprint to tropical design. By combining your cherished pieces with fresh, innovative ideas, and perhaps a splash of contemporary color, you can create a space that is unmistakably tropical and uniquely yours.

Wishing you a fulfilling journey as you craft your tropical haven! 🌴

Go listen to my podcast on my website at or on iTunes here and keep up with my other blog posts.