Decorating a Bedroom with Tropical Style

  • 01 of 09

    Decorating a Bedroom in Tropical Style

    Central America, Belize, Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, a bedroom in the Casa Azul (Beachfront) villa at the Victoria House hotel
    Alex Robinson / Getty Images

    Thetropical decorating style is more than palm trees and banana plants; it’s a range of design that reflects the easy-going island lifestyle of warm hospitality, comfort, and ease. This versatile decorating theme encompasses a wide range of looks, including nautical or coastal style, surfer chic, Bali exotic, swanky Palm Beach or traditional British Colonial.

    A cheerful palette is key to the tropical vibe: green, blue, salmon and yellow are particularly common. Weathered furniture, especially...MORE wicker or rattan pieces, are also an essential part of the look. Accents typically include floral prints, ceiling fans, gauzy curtains and lightweight fabrics. If you would like to create a tropical-themed bedroom, read on for some great tips and photos on how to incorporate this style in your design.

     updated by Michelle Ullman

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  • 02 of 09

    Bedroom in Paradise

    Tropical mural on bedroom wall
    Photo: Ruchi Design.

    This fun, eclectic, tropically themed bedroom is designed by Ruchi Designs. The palm tree wall mural transforms the space into a tropical paradise. You could hire a muralist to paint a similar scene, or do it yourself with stencils or wall decals. The bamboo window shades, bamboo ceiling fan and bright floral touches on the bedding continue the island flair throughout the room, but the dark wood of the furniture helps keep the look under control.

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  • 03 of 09

    A Preteen Girl's Eclectic Tropical Bedroom

    Filled with color, pattern, personality, and fun, this adorable preteen girl's bedroom from blog Four Cheeky Monkeys shows off eclectic tropical style. The pink rattan headboard, flamingo head, and coconut pillow really add to the whimsy shown here.  

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  • 04 of 09

    Little Tropical Touches

    British Colonial bedroom design.
    Photo: Ron Rosenzweig. (Photo courtesy of JMA Interior Decoration)

    If you love the tropical vibe, but also like a traditional look, you’ll find your perfect solution in the British Colonial style. This classic decorating theme comes from the days of the British Empire, and combines traditionally styled furniture with the exotic materials and motifs of the many tropical countries colonized by Britain in centuries gone by. The gorgeous bedroom shown here, designed by JMA Interior Decoration, shows off typical British Colonial touches with the palm tree patterns...MORE on the curtains and throw pillows, yet sticks with a somewhat muted palette of green and yellow. This is a great example of an elegant room that uses just a few tropical accents to add interest.

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  • 05 of 09

    Mix It Up

    Tropical cottage bedroom
    Photo: DigsDigs

    It's always fun to mix styles, so why not combine tropical touches, like the palm tree, orchid painting, and botanical print bedding shown here, with cottage staples like shiplap walls, distressed furniture, and antique pieces? The end result: a pretty bedroom that is filled with lively color, and yet not at all overwhelming. 

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  • 06 of 09

    A Boy's Tropical Surfer-Themed Bedroom

    A tropical theme hits the beach in this surfer-inspired boy's bedroom from Buckingham Interiors. Notice that it doesn't take much to make the theme: the boldly striped bedding, the lime green bed, the interesting, almost driftwood-looking light fixture, and of course, the awesome mural of the surfer taking up the entire wall at the head of the bed. Truly a bedroom just about any boy would love. 

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  • 07 of 09

    Bali Exotic Escape

    Bali inspired bedrooms--like this exotic retreat from Jennifer Bradford David Interior Design —typically use jute, wicker, or bamboo materials on the floors, furniture, and walls, but set off the bed with a gauzy, romantic-yet-exotic canopy. Though the canopy and net is for practical use in Bali--to keep insects and bugs off you at night--it does make for a grand decorative element in a romantic and somewhat sexy tropical bedroom. The look is finished with simple white bedding for further fresh...MORE and airy appeal.

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  • 08 of 09

    More Tropical Paradise Ideas

    Whichever form of tropical style most appeals to you, combining natural elements--like bamboo, jute, wicker and linen—along with bright color, lightweight fabrics, floral patterns and an overall casual, airy vibe are key components in this easy, breezy decorating style. Of course, you can be creative in your design by mixing themes and styles together for a more unique concept. In the end, have fun with your creation and decorate a room you’ll love to retreat to every night. The fresh and airy...MORE bedroom shown here is from Elizabeth Newman Interior Design.

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  • 09 of 09

    Tropical Contemporary Style

    Yellow tropical-themed bedroom.
    Tropical Contemporary Bedroom Designed by JMA Interior Decoration. Photo by Ron Rosenzweig. (Photo courtesy of JMA Interior Decoration)

    Bright, cheery colors are key to tropical-style bedrooms, such as this radiant contemporary bedroom designed by JMA Interior Decoration. This vibrant space proves that a tropical influence doesn’t have to be kitschy or corny in the least – in fact, it can be quite contemporary. The furniture here is rather traditional, but the bright yellow walls, bamboo ceiling fan, and hot-hued florals on the curtains, artwork and throw pillows is all about the islands. The mixture of traditional design and...MORE fun accents, colors, and patterns creates a bedroom that feels fresh, not tacky.