Tropical Thunder

5 ways to give your home a tropical makeover

By MWB Desk

Stuck in sweltering Dhaka, dreaming of your next beach getaway? Why not bring that exotic flavor home with a tropical home makeover? Bright colors, natural materials, and lush foliage can uplift your space and your mood. Here are 5 ways to get there.

TOUCHED BY DESIGN

Incorporating textured wall coverings is a great way to add depth and interest to your space. Choosing a sheetol pati as a wall hanging, or any natural woven material, such as bamboo or rattan can add visual interest. These materials can be used on an accent wall or throughout the entire room to create a cohesive look.

Textured wall coverings also help to bring a tactile element to the space, adding to the overall sensory experience of the design, creating an inviting space that is both relaxing and engaging. You can also incorporate natural materials in other places in your designs

HUE DO YOU NEED?

Nothing says a tropical getaway like bright and bold colors. Use vibrant hues such as turquoise, coral, and lime green to recreate this vibe. These colors work well with most natural materials and can make a room feel more inviting and cheerful.

THE GREEN SCENE

Breathe life into an urban space with the use of lush foliage. Use plants such as palm trees, ferns, and orchids to create a serene oasis in your home. These plants not only add beauty to your space but also purify the air and promote relaxation.

Photo: Sonnie Hiles, Thanos Pal

LET THERE BE (NATURAL) LIGHT

Use sheer curtains or blinds to let in natural light and create a bright and airy atmosphere. This also helps to showcase the vibrant colors and natural materials used in your design. An abundance of natural light creates an uplifting mood.

OUTSIDE IN

One of the hallmarks of tropical design is the seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. You can incorporate elements such as outdoor rugs, furniture, and lighting to create a cohesive design between the indoor and outdoor spaces. This in turn, helps relieve some of the claustrophobia that comes from living in the concrete jungle.

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