Have you been on Pinterest recently? We have. In fact, we are on Pinterest pretty much all the time. And we'll tell you something: everyone is going bananas for tropical interiors this year.
Pantone may have opted for sweet pastels for their colours of the year, but the real star of the show seems to be sunning itself somewhere on a beach in the Caribbean. It's no surprise really, when you bear in mind how utterly depressing it is outside at the moment. And in the news. Just about everywhere really, there's grey misery waiting to rain down. Of course everyone's going to be dreaming of an island in the sun!
So how can you make it work in your home? First, check out our post especially for those who love a good trend. If tropical isn't for you, don't worry! We'll be featuring some more of the big players in interiors for 2016 soon.
Depending on the sort of home you have, there are lots of different aesthetics within the trend to suit a variety of styles of home. From the grand colonial style, to the playfully quirky apartment style, the secret to the tropical trend's success is its adaptability.
At the very centre of the trend are two motifs: the palm tree and the pineapple.
The palm is showing up in force, in seriously striking wallpapers and curtain prints, as well as in their original form: the potted palm reigns supreme.
Of course, all of these are kinda extreme examples. But be reassured: you don't have to go overboard on the palms to tip your hat to the tropical trend in your home.
This, below, is a great example of how to use the trend in a retro-contemporary style. The wallpaper is very 'now' but it'll still look hot in a few years to come:
If you're not ready to commit yourself wholeheartedly, then tropics make a great accent to neutral decor that can easily be replaced once you've moved on to a new, trendy fascination.
The lush cane headboard in this bedroom shot is beautifully on-trend whilst still being malleable to new ideas in future:
We could literally spend all day sharing our favourite tropical trend shots. Or... you could just head over to our Pinterest board, where we've been doing exactly that:
Over on the board, you'll get much more of a sense of what can be achieved with the trend. But for an easy reference point, here's your must-have shopping list for going coco-nutty in your home this summer!
Yes, yes, the potted palm is your best friend. But any and all green pot plants you can get your hands on should appear in profusion in your tropical-inspired home. Think aspidistra, philodendron, ficus and lots of succulents.
Display large cut palm leaves in enormous vases, big tall lilies and hibiscus flowers.
2. Lattice prints
Like this beauty
...or something much less OTT. Whatever.
3. Beachy Bits
Think giant conches, shell lamps, seahorse and starfish ornaments and island crafts. A sense of sand and water, carefully played, creates the illusion of a dreamy beach house.
4. Plantation/Colonial Accents
Antique globes, lanterns, travel memoirs and leather-bound journals. Suitcases and trunks as furniture, hand carved walking sticks, and ebony animal sculptures (i.e. elephants, mainly).
5. Colour Palette
Green, of course. Pantone has highlighted 15-0146 'Green Flash' (Hex #79c753) as key to this trend, along with 19-4049 'Snorkel Blue' (Hex #034f84) and 17-1564 'Fiesta' (Hex #dd4132). You want warm yellow gold, bright white linens, and dark wood. But avoid pastels at all costs (apart from minty pastel green where applicable). Pineapples can be combined with bright pink, and that copper blush thing that's been doing the rounds.
6. A Bit of Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau mirrors and wall lights are teaming up with that bold palm leaf wallpaper all over the place. The shapes and patterns of art nouveau work beautifully within the tropical, plantation, colonial aesthetic.
Let us know how you get on! We love seeing your home decor, so hit us up on Instagram with #mylizardorchid, and show us your tropical trend delights!