How to Do The Tropical Trend for Grown-Ups

I love botanical prints and leafy greens – both on my plate and in my home. The tropical trend has been going for a while now, but I am a bit over the pink flamingoes, and banana-leaf scatters. That’s not all that this trend is about, however! Here’s my take on the Tropical Trend for Grown Ups, with a get-the-look shopping list and all!

Oversized with Velvety Coral

Kim Macumber Interiors via Cottage & Bungalow

This image screams gorgeous beaches and pina coladas! The large-scale wallpaper print is the hero of this room, with everything else carefully selected around it. The gold furniture and accents add a sophisticated touch to an otherwise light-hearted look, and the soft coral accessories contrast beautifully with the lush greenery.

PRO TIP: keep your floor finish in mind as well: sisal, coir and seagrass rugs add the perfect final touch to your tropical vibe.

Take It Literally

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Turbulences Deco

Even if you have an otherwise minimalist or Scandi interior, add some large green leaves to celebrate the trend. Large banana and delicious monster leaves, as well as strelitzias, are on sale at most large retailers and florists now. So, even if you are not lucky enough to have them in the garden, you can still have them on the table. The amazing thing about leaves like these is that they last for months! Just make sure that you give them fresh water every week.

SIDE NOTE: see how the theme is subtly emphasised in the print on the wall? Clever, isn’t it!?

Go Blue

Decoholic

It may sound counterintuitive when you think of tropical green, but topaz offsets green stunningly! Use rich topaz paint on walls to support green prints, or in upholstery pieces and furniture. Topaz pops especially when set against white, so trim architectural features in white to get the most out of this colour.

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Another colour that gently mutes the deep green of the tropics is pale teal. This works especially well in a bedroom, creating a calming atmosphere conducive to rest and relaxation. Add subtle tropical touches with prints and plants, and keep the rest of the palette neutral with grey, olive and sandy colours.

Accessorize Boldly

Fashion for lunch

A tropical look is not only in printed flora; it is also represented by colour. Brilliant emerald green embodies the look, and should be used with reckless abandon! Create a statement with lush accessories in rich fabrics like velvet, set against a blank canvass. Choose gold accent pieces and keep the rest of the colours in the room to a minimum for maximum effect.

Get The Tropical Look With Some Local Shopping

SHOPPING TROPICAL LOOK FOR GROWN UPS

1. PARADISO RUG – HERTEX HAUS  //  2. SLUB TASSEL SCATTER – MRPHOME  //  3. OPEN WEAVE SEAGRASS BASKET – WEYLANDTS  //  4. HANGING ALOE KOKIDAMA – MRPHOME  //  5. INDIGI FRACTURE ARMCHAIR – ELEVEN PAST  //  6. VELVET PUNCH FABRIC IN BOLSHOI TURTLE – HOME FABRICS //  7. ALOHA IN MONSTER GREEN – GRALAN FABRICS  //  8. REGENCY VELVET CHAIR – MRHOME  //  ASHFORD TROPICS WALLPAPER – HERTEX

 

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The Most Inspiring Things This September

September on Homeology has always been about storage and decluttering. Because I am a tad OCD, I am often compelled to have a vigorous declutter this time of year (and at other times of the year as well, but that is a different matter). What I find this year though, is that my decluttering is going much, much deeper – to an emotional and head-space level. This September, I feel the need to rid myself of limiting beliefs, habits that hold me back and yes, even my curly hair that has just become way too fussy for me. So, with my new straight hairdo, I am setting out this month on a journey of self-discovery, rediscovering the things that I am passionate about. Here are my favourite and most inspiring things this Spring, and yes, it involves lots and lots of flowers and bright colours. In the legendary words of Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada:

“Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” 

1. Anna se Koek – my sister made this cake for her birthday yesterday. Isn’t it amazing?!? // 2. Navy Chinoiserie digital wallpaper // 3. Pecan Pie. Need I say more?  // 4. Ideas Magazine. Seriously, with a name like that, it’s bound to inspire. And that cover!! //  5. Bounty from the ocean at Gordon’s Bay  //  6. Paint Splashes: beauty in the imperfections!  //  7. Floral arrangements with vegetables – pretty delicious!  // 8. Jacobean Print Scatter  //  9. Natural wrapping with vine leaves  //  10.Pomegranate – those colours!  //  11. Fresh flowers from my garden  //  12. Heirloom aubergine – how gorgeous are those tiny green veins?  //  13. Embroidered Denim – I can’t wait to see how that’s going to translate to interiors!  //  14. It’s not new, but I still love leafy wallpaper.  //  15. My new tropical notebook – when you write down your ideas in something this exciting, they’re bound to be great!

Happy Spring!

Pretty pastel decor for every room

Pastels have come a long way since the days old days and it looks like the dusty pink, grey and black combination wins the popularity contest today. I have sourced images to illustrate different ways of incorporating pretty pastel decor in every room of the house: a lovely feminine celebration of colour!

Kitchen

This kitchen is accessorized with subtle splashes of pastel blues and greens which is very clever since your mood might change and then it will be very easy to adapt the colour scheme. I simply adore the melting mug from Studio Arhoj and think a SMEG fridge in mint is the ultimate accessory for a pastel kitchen. beachcomber

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Dining room

This muted palette with the diamond focal wall and modern accessories would surely make dinner time a bit more special. Black or dark grey to the colour scheme adds depth and puts you right on trend. sampleboard tumblr

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Bathroom

A pastel colour scheme creates the feeling of freshness and revival. The nostalgic blue bath tub on the left adds a touch of vintage and the peachy pink tiles on the right with black trim have a tailored chic look. It’s like the bathroom had a Coco Chanel moment! houseandgarden sfgirlbybay

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Laundry room

Beat the wash-day blues with a fresh white and pastel green laundry room. I love the natural light that streams in through the windows. It just feels right to have a healthy amount of sunlight and an endless supply of dolly pegs in a laundry. andersonandgrant stijlbloem

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Kids room

Add a little more fun to your kids’ bedroom with this very sweet pastel palette and lots of quirky elements like the bird house floating shelves, garland and animated scatters. The bentwood chairs and table are the perfect setting for a late afternoon tea party. tinyme thebooandtheboy

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Master bedroom

This bedroom setting illustrates the pink, grey and black trend very well. The use of geometric patterns makes it very modern and the tall standing lamp adds an architectural element to the room with its gorgeous lines. marinagiller

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Living room 

This is a very soothing colour palette for a living room. The sage green, subtle pink, grays and turquoise tones create a serene scene. Note the marble wall – very trendy! vtwonen lialeukinterieuradvies

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Home office

This retro home office has lots of personality and I especially like the bright orange accents that give the colour pallet more energy. stylecaster

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I hope you have been inspired by all this pastel prettiness!

Happy styling,

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