When you bring your favorite tropical colors indoors, there's no need to ever leave paradise. Learn how to decorate with your favorite beachy hues, like juicy papaya, sunshine yellow, and sea-glass green.

By Katie Bandurski
Updated April 17, 2019
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Every day can feel like a vacation when you decorate with vibrant tropical hues. Infuse a room with seaside vibes by incorporating coral pinks, citron yellow and chartreuse, plus an array of beautiful blues. Get inspired to refresh your rooms with our ideas for decorating with tropical colors, below.

Pretty Palm Fronds

Infuse a space with different shades of green, similar to the way palm tree fronds sport both light and dark hues. This living room stars a green coffee table, then accents with a green lamp and blue-and-green patterned furniture. The white wainscoting helps to balance the intense colors.

Juicy Papaya

When you're working with a bright color like this eye-catching orange, a little bit goes a long way. Infuse this color, reminiscent of juicy papaya, into your space with small accents. Try a footstool, throw pillow, or side table.

Puckery Lime

Bathroom colors do not have to be blah. This seaside look is modern and fun but still super functional. Every bathroom needs a sink, so opt for a sunny lime-green one to complement shades of blue, white, and tan.

Tips for Adding Color with Paint

Sea-Spray Blue

Escape to the sea by picking out your favorite shade of blue. Look for pieces like this patterned chair, rug, and pillow set that have character. Subtle textures and patterns add movement to a blue piece, creating the illusion of gentle waves.

Hot Hibiscus

Choose colors at the purest, clearest end of the spectrum with no dulling gray or brown undertones. Impact comes from bold hues and saturation, such as this dazzling shade inspired by a Hibiscus flower. Channel the beautiful bloom with orange-pink wallpaper. Too much color can be overwhelming, though, so stick to a smaller space like a powder room.

Sunshine Yellow

A bright coat of yellow paint makes it look as if the sun is shining year-round. This works well in a sunroom, breezeway, or any room that gets a lot of light. Pair the sunny walls with wicker accents and fresh plants for an outdoor effect.

Sea-Glass Green

Remember hunting for sea glass on the beach as a kid? Make those memories permanent with a beautiful, sea-green glass tile backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom. Make it really stand out with neutral surroundings, like this room's cabinets and countertops.

Playful Pineapple

Juicy pineapple isn't just for pina coladas. Try a deep shade of yellow in any space that needs a little pop of color. Bonus points if you try the trend with a pineapple print wallpaper.

Deep Navy

Take a shortcut to tropical by introducing a statement piece. Consider a tropical wall color, such as the elegant navy in this room. Then infuse juicy hues with a rug, upholstery fabrics, or a piece of wall art. This room combines several tropical shades for a wow-worthy look.

Comments (1)

Anonymous
May 3, 2018
I can't really imagine why I would want tropical colours in our rather frigid winter, and certainly NOT in our way too hot summers; BUT my whole house inside is painted sunshine yellow and I adore it. All trim and ceilings are white, as is a lot of the furniture. I have sunshine all day and night.