The key to pulling off a successful tropical look is to not be afraid of colour. This look is all about mixing different colours and prints – think leafy greens mixed with pops of flamingo pink, watermelon coral or banana yellow. Painting an accent wall in the room you want to decorate in a shade of green or pastel pink will give your room the base to start layering with prints and textures. 

If you are not adventurous enough to go full tropical, rather start with a fun scatter cushion on a neutral couch and build your look from there. Maybe add a pastel coloured vase with some greenery.





Monstera plant (R54, Builders Warehouse); Fern print, framed (R449, Superbalist); Leaves canvas (R149.99, Checkers); Metallic parrot candle (R199, Superbalist); Palmer Agate scatter cushion (R749, Loads of Living); Trigg desk vessel set of two (R999, Superbalist).



Another key element to the tropical look is to mix different textures together. Add a woven basket or wooden frame to tie your tropical look together. Layering is probably the most important part of this trend – textures, colours and prints need to seamlessly blend together without being overdone. If you need a starting point why not choose a tropical element like pineapples or flamingos and base your look on that – or, if you’re feeling brave, mix them all together for an oasis of tropical fever.



Woven rattan lampshade (R799, Loads of Living); Whimsical flamingo print, framed (R449, Superbalist); Oval-shape wave vase (R199.95, Boardmans); Décor ladder (R299.99, Checkers); Moss stitch throw in Pistachio (R550, Loads of Living); Featherstone blush scatter cushion (R649, Loads of Living).



What would any look be without a little bit of bling? More natural tones like brass, copper or rose gold will work well with the tropical motif – the same layering principles will apply. Consider this element the final step, and be careful not to go overboard, or this touch will dominate the look.




Pineapple bookends, set of two (R395, Superbalist); Yellow pineapple print, framed (R449, Superbalist); Wooden frame (R199, Loads of Living); Copper planter (R349, Superbalist); Mini planter (R149.99, Typo); Green vase (R599, Loads of Living).

 Above all, have fun. The tropical look is definitely not about being too serious.



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* Prices were correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.