Tastefully Incorporating the Tropical Interiors Trend into Your Home

Tastefully Incorporating the Tropical Interiors Trend into Your Home

There’s a hot new trend in interiors, everyone is going banana’s for a taste of the tropics!

But, interiors fans beware, this is a trend that’s easy to get wrong. Banana Leaf and palm prints can easily come off as cheap and brash if not used wisely. In my opinion, the key to getting this look right is to veer away from going OTT with the Caribbean vibe and instead hint at a relaxed beachy, tropical feel.

Here are a few simple hints and tips to help you subtly bring a taste of the tropics to your interiors.

Opt for smaller print items such as scatter cushions and throws.

If, like me, you’re more comfortable with making a statement with smaller areas of print, rather than using bold print wallpapers, why not try out a few scatter cushions or throws, or maybe even a printed fabric chair. This way you can swap things in and out easily as trends and your tastes change.

Anyone who has ever had to strip a large expanse of wallpaper, will tell you it’s not a joy to do and having to fully redecorate can be an expensive and time consuming process. This is why I am a big fan of mixing classic investment pieces (like sofas) with cheaper trend led pieces such as textiles and other accessories. Spending most of your budget on timeless investment pieces and adding interest with cheaper items that you can change regularly is a great way of keeping your home fresh and modern, without breaking the bank.

Tropical Interiors

Tropical Interiors

Tropical Interiors


Compliment your banana and palm leaf prints with plenty of real plants.

I have no idea how or why this trick works, but adding plenty of real life plants alongside your tropical prints makes them sing! It brings the prints you incorporate into your interiors scheme to life, provides an added sense of luxury and connects the prints with nature.

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Tropical Interiors

Keep the overall colour scheme neutral.

Of course this isn’t a hard and fast rule, in interiors as with anything creative, rules are there to be broken, but I do prefer tropical prints used alongside a bright and neutral colour scheme. Also, going back to my earlier point, using a neutral colour scheme makes it far easier to change the look and feel of your interiors as and when the mood strikes, without having to completely redecorate.

Plus, bright green foliage looks great against fresh whites and cream tones.



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Compliment with natural textures like bare and white washed wood and wickers.

Complimenting your tropical prints with natural textures such as bare woods, wickers, and jute creates a laid back beach feel that works so well with palm and banana leaf prints. Plants in baskets, a cane chair, bare wood picture frames, and other accessories such as these work very well in this scheme.



Don’t be afraid to DIY.

One of my favourite Pinterest finds following this theme is this DIY Leaf Art. They are so easy to make and a great way of incorporating a tropical interiors theme into your home in a subtle and tasteful way.

Tropical Interiors

I have an image in my mind of three of these above a statement bath in an all white bathroom with exposed brick white washed walls, I think they would look amazing in a room like this!
Photo credits via my Pinterest.



  1. April 27, 2016 / 7:48 am

    I love this post and have been a bit obsessed with tropical prints lately but I’m not sure they’d go in my living room (I’ve got tree branch wallpaper but don’t know if it’s just too woodsy t pair with tropical cushions).

    Gemma x
    The British Feather – Life, Travel, Beauty & Home Decor

  2. April 27, 2016 / 10:11 am

    I’ve heard that ferns are the new tropical! It looks as though this plant trent is here to stay. I don’t mind at all, the more plants the better! Next on my shopping list is a fig tree… which makes me feel like a proper grown up!


  3. April 27, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    Lovely images and tips – I really like this trend but would rather have bits of it (the big real plants and prints) rather than all out tropical wallpaper and the room being turned into a jungle 🙂 #HomeEtc

  4. April 27, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    Love this post Kerry! I am halfway through a blog post looking at the Tropical Trend and I am in total agreement with your points above about bringing it into your textiles and accessories rather than the investment pieces. Just discovered your blog and love it! K x

  5. April 27, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    This is possibly one of my fave trends of the summer – I have always loved a palm print – and you’re so right it can be so easy to get wrong! Great tips and that wicker sofa is gorgeous! So great to have found your lovely blog via #HomeEtc.

  6. April 27, 2016 / 11:05 pm

    Beautiful styling ideas – just love the freshness of this trend and how well it compliments a monochrome scheme. Also love that parrot chair! Came across your blog via #HomeEtc and very pleased I did!

    • April 29, 2016 / 5:10 pm

      Thanks, I’m pleased you like it! I’m loving lots of plants and greenery at the moment, prints are handy because I can’t kill them!! xx

  7. April 29, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Yep — I love this look. The whole botanical thing is fabulous — bringing a bit of greenery into our homes is lovely isn’t it? Palm and bamboo prints are gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking up with us lovely! Caro x #HomeEtc

  8. May 3, 2016 / 10:20 am

    Yes me too – we are so similar in our taste!!! Love the colours and the shapes. I am pinning so much of it on Pinterest too – I didn’t realise how much I liked the trend! Thanks for sharing & linking up! Love Jess xx


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