Tropical Chic Is the Summer Decor You Need

Bring a splash of paradise into your home with these beachy and stylish decor ideas.

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June 28, 2024

It's time to 'tropic like it's hot' and embrace summer all year round with this season's top decor trend, tropical chic. Pinterest Predicts anticipates the shift of foods, home decor and fashion towards an escapist aesthetic, bringing on bold colors and beachy styles that embody the vibrant side of island living no matter where you are. Step aside coastal grandma, it's maximalism's time to shine.

It's easy to overlook the understated element of this scheme and go full-on barbiecore glam, when really the goal, according to Wayfair, is to add trendy elegance to a tropical space. Think statement plants, laid-back rattan textures and eye-catching exotic pieces that bring your home to life without sacrificing sophistication. It could require as little as one throw pillow or as much as a new wallpaper to turn your space into a fashionable paradise. With beachy colors, tropical fruit elements, abstract greenery, playful woven accents and decorative sea life, you can achieve your own version of a tropical staycation with any of these of-the-moment buys.

Beachy Statements

Decorating with a tropical color palette is the ultimate way to bring faraway shores to your abode. While your mind may instantly go to pops of turquoise, hot pink and citrus orange, tropical chic also blends these vibrant colors with warm yellows, deep greens and even metallic notes to keep the maximalist style in check. Cohesiveness is key here, so make sure the surrounding pieces of your statement furniture remain visually pleasing (no rainbow overload). A coastal bedspread against a neutral-painted wall is just enough to achieve exotic luxury, and a flashy fuchsia chair is certain to warm up a monotone room. You can even deck out your tablescape in vibrant colors to capture the aesthetic of sunset dining even in the dead of winter.

Tropical Fruits

2021's coconut aesthetic is back, but this time with more suave. Replace sparkle with metallic and clutters of random trinkets with island tokens to mimic a tropical vibe like one off the coast of Bora Bora. Decorative objects are the ounce of oomph every home needs to tie your vision together, and vibrant fruits instantly connect your space to the tropics. A pineapple pillow can turn your living room into a serene cabana in the Bahamas, and this shimmering pineapple cooler will transform your home bar into a bumping tiki bar in Honolulu. That vacay pina colada buzz will be your new norm in no time.

Tropical Greenery

What's a tropical paradise without breezy palm trees? Whether faux or real, adding a chic nature-inspired element to your home brings a taste of the tropical outdoors right to your indoor space. Better yet, greenery blends perfectly with the tropical color palette, making these plants easy to style with your bold and beachy statement furniture. If you aren't someone with a green thumb, never fear — there are plenty of unique ways to incorporate these whimsical plants into your home, like a leaf-patterned area rug or floral wallpaper that transports you to the heart of a tropical jungle. Artificial plants require no maintenance, so decking your house with these palms guarantee a tropical vacation no matter the time of year.

Rattan Textures

Go beyond the tropical color palette and enter the world of textures to really embody resort life. Weaved from plant materials, rattan furniture dives deeper into tropical chic by adding natural-looking details to a contemporary space. While there are hundreds of ways to incorporate rattan into your home, this scheme encourages texture in modern designs like mini table lamps, planters, lounge chairs and baskets. But don't limit yourself. Wicker has been a summer staple in outdoor decor for years, which means you can easily bring tropical chic to your outdoor space, too.

Decorative Sea Life

While every tropical destination boasts beautiful nature, weather and wildlife, nothing beats the white sand and crystal-clear water. In an ode to these stunning seascapes, adding some oceanic motifs to your space is the final step to achieving an at-home paradise. Think whites and pale blues that mesh nicely with bold accents, and elegant sea creatures that bring the depths of the ocean up to sea level. We absolutely love the look of this charming flamingo vase, which would go great with a matching costal-theme table cloth. Decorative coral is equally nautical and easy to place on shelves, coffee tables or countertops for an under-the-sea aesthetic in every corner.

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