Tropical Bathroom Decor

Get ideas and inspiration for tropical bathroom decor, and prepare to install a bright and lively design theme in your bathroom.
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An open double vanity has deep blue-green vessel sinks paired with modern faucets. Dark hardwood floors contrast against the white, glass shower with tile walls.

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If you're considering retooling a bathroom in your vacation home, or if you simply want to create a virtual vacation getaway in your own home for yourself or your guests, you should browse your options for tropical bathroom decor.

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Tropical bathrooms most often feature a bright and bold design and decor style, often bringing the outside in via the use of live flowers and plants. They typically employ an overall aesthetic that reflects the laid-back elegance of a tropical vacation paradise.

When it comes to tropical bathroom decor, color is almost always a key component. For base colors, many homeowners choose cooler colors like bright whites or light creams, blues and yellows. Pops of bright and bold color are often used as accents, with lively, natural greens, yellows, blues and oranges appearing throughout the design and hinting at the vibrant natural colors found in the tropics. Beadboard is often featured on walls as well, hinting at a relaxed, vacation cottage feel.

Tilework is a great way to express some decor personality in a tropical bathroom design. A backsplash behind the bathroom sink or tile on the walls of the shower can be a fantastic avenue for the incorporation of bold colors and artistic design elements. Painted tiles or mosaics featuring tropical themes, palm trees, seascapes, and various flora and fauna can add great visual interest, especially when they feature pops of color in an otherwise soft and soothing design. For floors and countertops, boldly colored tiles featuring your favorites from the tropical color palette can further brighten the space.

Natural light is often a key element of tropical bathrooms, so make sure window coverings are semi-transparent to let the light in. Additionally, task, decorative and main lighting can help illuminate the space and emphasize key decor and design elements.

Decor accessories are available in a range of tropical-appropriate themes. Curtains, bath mats and linens can all show off tropical designs, flora, and fauna depicted in bright colors. Seashells can be placed strategically throughout the space, on shelves or on countertops. Artwork can feature laid-back beach scenes, sea life or maritime themes.

When it comes to furniture and storage elements in tropical bathrooms, these are often constructed from natural hardwoods. For an added dash of authenticity, consider sourcing furniture or other wooden elements in exotic styles like ebony, teak, mahogany and bamboo, many of which can be found in tropical regions. Furniture is often lightly finished or unfinished, contributing to a natural, relaxed aesthetic.

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