Tropical designed interiors don’t have to evoke over the top island aesthetics, they can  be minimal and sophisticated too. This themed trend is growing increasingly popular this season so we show you how you can transform your home into the tropical sanctuary.

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Wallpaper & Prints

Tropical patterns inspired by natural beauty bring nature indoors with organic colours, textures and forms. Add a splash of island inspired prints and an aquatic themed frame to emphasise the island hues in your home. From quirky, cartoon-feel pineapples to dramatic, more sophisticated botanical prints wallpapers and fabrics, the options are endless. Bold and graphic patterns give a modern look to any space, whether they’re displayed on a set of throw pillows or wallpaper.

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Plant Life

Colourful flora is a sultry and vibrant way to transform your home into an  island escape. We love palm leaves: oversized, sophisticated and bright green ones – and now, stylised minimalistic ones. Green decorating instantly adds a dose of tropical freshness to your home and is a beautiful sustainable design alternative to your flower arrangements, and brings a powerful connection between outdoor and indoor living.

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The Peacock Chair

Peacock designs evoke something intangible: those ever-present island vibes. Matching effortlessly with bright hues, floral prints and objects like coral, driftwood, and sea glass, peacock chairs can give a mundane home relaxed resort vibes. With their unconventional, intricate designs, peacock chairs don’t take a backseat to other bold, elements in busy rooms. Instead, they hold their own.

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Daring Details

For those who are fearless enough to immerse themselves in all things tropical, incorporate individual pieces that make a statement, while pairing contemporary elements with vintage treasures to create the ideal tropical tranquility. Bring balance to a room by adding green themed accents and shots of colour throughout.

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ELLE Deco SAGabriella Neumbo was born and bred in the semi-arid country of Namibia but adopted by the African rainbow nation of South Africa. She has an unwavering passion for fashion, good food and travel, but it’s the adventures with her other love, photography, that would truly put you through a 1000 words.


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