No need to pack a bag—these pretty looks bring tropical motifs right to your home. The exotic decorating style uses fun patterns, natural textures, and bright colors to turn any room into a destination.

By Katie Bandurski

Stuck in a decorating rut? Turn to the tropics with decor inspired by warm climates and the plants and animals that live there. We found the hallmarks of tropical style—think juicy colors, wicker furniture, colorful creatures, and graceful botanicals—so you can easily add lush accents to your home. Try the trend with cute seaworthy wall art, vibrant color schemes, and island-inspired statement pieces.

How to Add Color to Your Home

Flamingo Frolic

Themed wall art adds a hint of tropical flair to any space. This oversize flamingo print pairs well with a teal dresser and leafy greens. Get the look with other tropical birds like toucans, parrots, macaws, and more. Hang your artwork above a mantel, lean it on a bedroom nightstand, or display above an entryway table for a quirky wildlife accent.

Fruity Walls

You don't have to live in a tropical climate to channel this cute decorating look. Pineapples—whether on paper, fabric, art, or tile—add sweetness to any space. If you go for a busy pattern, like this bold wallpaper, stick to a smaller area. This powder room with all-white fixtures lets the juicy pattern stand out.

Pretty Palm Trees

Eat breakfast under the shade of a palm tree with the help of a stencil. A custom-painted mural or graphic wall covering lets you add tropical scenery anywhere in your home. This casual dining room features two tropical wall treatments: a lower section of grass cloth and bold wallpaper that contrasts white palms with a rich chocolate brown backdrop. Rattan dining chairs complete the island look.

Seaside Inspiration

Do you have a drawer filled with beach vacation mementos? Put them on display. A basic bookshelf gets dressed up with a seashell print and coral accents. Stacks of books further highlight the hues of the sea—their spines are shaded with a palette of blues, grays, greens, and occasional bursts of color.

Turtle Art

Look to the sea for tropical inspiration. Wall art based on a host of cute critters—like this majestic sea turtle—make the perfect home accent. We love this blue-and-white bedroom that gives off major coastal-chic vibes.

Bold Colors

Steal inspiration from the produce section when decorating with tropical style. Puckery lime, plump mango, rich avocado, juicy papaya, and other bold hues are perfect for adding color and interest to your home. This room blends daring greens, citrus yellows, and ocean blues for a brilliant tropical color scheme.

Starfish Stick-Ons

Copy from your room's existing decor to incorporate tropical accents that don't look out of place. This bedroom's collection of starfish plays off existing gold accents on a white dresser. Pretty patterns on the bed frame are reminiscent of coral.


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