Coastal ColorTropical islands are a triumph of natural beauty, and the colors for an ultimate island bathroom come straight from Mother Nature's palette. Don't let browns and beiges overpower the design, though. Throw in a touch of primary colors like the green of fresh bamboo, the startling blue of a clear sea or the dramatic reds of a tropical sunset.
The lighting for your island paradise should echo this outdoor feel. If you can't use natural sunlight, mimic the effect with flattering, wide-spectrum light. Since even an ultimate bathroom is no place for traditional tiki torches or bonfires, try candle sconces and playful fixtures in wood, bamboo or wrought iron to light up your tropical nights.
Natural TextilesTrick out your island oasis with spa-style fixtures that make the most of water's sensuality. You may not be able to float in a secluded lagoon, but you can lounge in a state-of-the-art soaking tub. And a decadent rain shower may be the next best thing to rinsing off under an island waterfall.
Whether your tastes run more toward the Caribbean or the South Pacific, every tropical paradise is teeming with life. Bring some of that life into your own getaway with large tropical plants, lit from below with simple can lights. Not enough sunlight to grow your own jungle? Try a few fabulous fakes that only need some dusting to look great.
Try bamboo for picture or mirror frames or sisal for an invigorating bath mat. Take a look at outdoor furniture in wood, wicker and wrought iron for the right feel. If there's room, create a small Margaritaville nook with a mini-bar or at least a blender for your favorite frozen concoction.
Fun AccessoriesFrom reggae to luau, Jimmy Buffett to The Beach Boys, your favorite seaside tunes deserve a great sound system. Load up a digital library of music for every mood, controlled by a single remote. You won't have to stir from the tub to fine-tune your CDs.
Show off your favorite lei, tiki hut glassware and even the swaying hula-doll lamp. After all, it's your island paradise.