Tropical Kitchen Decor

Get ideas and inspiration for tropical kitchen decor, and prepare to install a lively and bright design theme in your kitchen.
Kitchen Jalousie Windows

Kitchen Jalousie Windows

Photo by: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Photo Credit: Edward Addeo, Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

By: Sean McEvoy

Whether you're refurbishing a vacation home kitchen or just want to turn your existing kitchen into a space that says "permanent vacation," you may want to explore ideas for tropical kitchen decor.

Our 25 Favorite Kitchen Makeovers From HGTV Pros

See All Photos

Unbelievable Transformations

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

Fixer Upper Before

Fixer Upper After

Rehab Addict Before

Rehab Addict After

Buying and Selling Before

Photo By: Cory Permack

Buying and Selling After

Flip or Flop Before

Photo By: unknown

Flip or Flop After

Photo By: unknown

Buying and Selling Before

Photo By: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Buying and Selling After

Photo By: Mali Azima/Getty Images

Fixer Upper Before

Fixer Upper After

Kitchen Cousins Before

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Kitchen Cousins After

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Love It or List It Before

Photo By: Dale Wilcox /AP Images

Love It or List It After

Photo By: Dale Wilcox /AP Images

Cousins Undercover Before

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Cousins Undercover After

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Fixer Upper Before

Fixer Upper After

Love It or List It Before

Photo By: Dale Wilcox /AP Images

Love It or List It After

Photo By: Dale Wilcox /AP Images

Fixer Upper Before

Fixer Upper After

Property Brothers Before

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

Property Brothers After

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

Kitchen Cousins Before

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Kitchen Cousins After

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Love It or List It, Too Before

Photo By: Farah Nosh / Getty Images

Love It or List It, Too After

Rehab Addict Before

Photo By: Lauren Noess

Rehab Addict After

Photo By: Matthew Allen/AP Images

Fixer Upper Before

Fixer Upper After

Kitchen Cousins Before

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Kitchen Cousins After

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Cousins Undercover Before

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Cousins Undercover After

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Buying and Selling Before

Photo By: Caitlin Cronenberg

Buying and Selling After

Photo By: Caitlin Cronenberg

Flip or Flop Before

Photo By: unknown

Flip or Flop After

Fixer Upper Before

Fixer Upper After

Photo By: Rachel Whyte

Kitchen Cousins Before

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Kitchen Cousins After

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Love It or List It, Too Before

Photo By: David Owen Strongman / Getty Images

Love It or List It, Too After

Photo By: David Owen Strongman / Getty Images

Cousins Undercover Before

Photo By: Anders Krusberg

Cousins Undercover After

Tropical kitchens tend to favor an overall design that's bright and airy, incorporating lively colors, plenty of flowers and plants, and decor touches that hint at a laid-back tropical lifestyle.

Color is one of the most important features of tropical kitchen design. Shades tend to range from base colors of gentle and soothing whites and creams to accents of bold, expressive greens, oranges, blues and yellows for pops of color throughout. White is a predominant wall color, and beadboard is a popular wall choice as well, giving the impression of a beachside cottage or vacation property.

Backsplashes in tropical kitchen decor can be a fantastic opportunity to incorporate both color and artistic expression into the overall design. Mosaics with tropical themes like palm trees, sea life or other flora and fauna can be a great addition, especially if they add bold, colorful accents to complement an otherwise soft and soothing design theme. Similarly, brightly colored tiles in any style, featuring tropical greens, turquoises and blues, can liven up any kitchen design.

Lighting in tropical kitchens is often subtle and soothing, complementing the laid-back color scheme that's often featured. Decorative, task and main lighting can be used to brighten key areas. Low-profile track lighting can be used for main lighting, tropical-themed pendants can hover over the sink, stove and cooking preparation areas, and rope lights or subtle LED lights can lighten up spaces above and below cabinets.

Decor for tropical kitchens often reflects a laid-back seaside lifestyle. Curtains, placemats and linens may show off seashell or sea life designs depicted in bright, bold oranges, blues and greens. Actual seashells can be arranged decoratively or used for centerpieces. Artwork often hints at maritime culture or the relaxed flow of the tropics, with seascapes, fishing themes and the exotic birds and other wildlife of the tropics often featured.

Furniture and cabinets in tropical kitchens tend to be constructed from hardwoods, in some cases exotic ones that might be found in tropical regions, like ebony, teak, mahogany and bamboo. Wooden furniture is often kept unfinished or finished in a way that shows off its natural grain and appearance, emphasizing the close connection between life in the tropics and nature.

Find Your Favorite Kitchen Style

Next Up

Western Kitchen Decor

Browse ideas for western kitchen decor, and get ready to add classic, warm and welcoming western elements to your kitchen space.

Old-World Kitchens

Pair European designs with modern elements to produce an Old World kitchen style.

Tuscan Kitchens

Create an Italian country-inspired space with these Tuscan kitchen design ideas.

Tropical Bathroom Decor

Get ideas and inspiration for tropical bathroom decor, and prepare to install a bright and lively design theme in your bathroom.

10 Trendy Kitchen and Bathroom Upgrades

Check out these 10 kitchen and bath trends that are sure to get your creativity flowing.

1940s Kitchen Decor

Explore ideas for 1940s kitchen decor, and prepare to add classic and lively touches to your kitchen design.

Kitchen 2.0: Design a Smarter Cooking Space

From high-tech gadgets to space-saving solutions, these clever kitchen updates will streamline your cooking and cleaning routine.

'Lifestyle Design' in the Kitchen and Bath

Find out how homeowners use their space before designing it.

Kitchen Heads Toward the New Millennium

The kitchens of the 1980s and 1990s were suddenly high on style, and it wasn't always good. But in the 21st century we're getting back to good design.

Tropical Landscaping Design Ideas

Tropical landscaping ideas for colorful yards in warm climates.

Catch Up With Our Blogs

We're serving up the latest news, gorgeous style, DIY projects, clever entertaining tips & more.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.