Tropical Trends

Now the days are lasting longer, the temperature is (slowly) rising and holidays are just around the corner, it’s time to start embracing the warmth and brightness of summer decor into your interior design.

Tropical furnishings are huge right now thanks to their vibrancy and exotic-feel: even if we’re having a spot of summer showers in England, at least in your home you can give the illusion that the sun is shining.

Read on to get inspired to turn up the heat with these gorgeous tropical styling ideas that go beyond just houseplants…

Tropical Prints

Blue Themed Bedroom

Alto king-size bed / Bevel bedside table / Helsinki lamp

A way to go all-out with the tropical trend is to let it cover your walls. Feature walls do the job, allowing a bold print, like these paradisiacal palm trees, to take centre stage. Yet the look is still not OTT thanks to the cooling blues and greys that satiate the print and the clean-lined furniture from our exceptionally modern Alto and Bevel ranges.

Floral wallpaper contrasting pink wall and sofa with bright accessories

Mantis Light tall CD storage / Orrick nest of tables / Kemble coffee table

This vibrant trend allows you to welcome the Cuban spirit of Havana nights into your home. The ideal antidote to a British summer, tropical prints bring your space to life and lets you go wild with colour cocktails. Mismatched furniture completes the eclectic look: we’ve incorporated the exotic grains of Mantis Light with the rustic flair of Orrick against the lavender undertones of Kemble.

Stay ahead of the trends with tropical prints that last all season long – our blog will help you keep summer alive.

Go Geometric

Colourful Accent Chairs and Bookcase

Jasmine accent chair / Jasmine three seater sofa / Orrick tall bookcase / Tosca wall clock

If you’re not into leafy walls, geometric patterns also liven up your home with the hot flush of the tropics. Interesting and varied prints across your floors, walls and furnishings bring the boho home. Create consistency by marrying your prints but alternating their colours, just as we have done with an array of seating from our jewel-coloured Jasmine range.

Oak Double Bed and painted bedside table

Kemble bedside table / Barcelona lamp / Mantis Light king-size bed / Kemble triple wardrobe

Or you could simply use a rug to fill some floor space and add a splash of geometry to your home design. Choose your area rug based on the colour palette of your room; Kemble furniture looks lovely with sorbet prints as its painted finish accentuates the tropical flavours of your home style.

For more on geometric trends, follow our styling tips.

Tropical Tables

Round oak dining table and chairs

Pedestal 4ft dining table / Farmhouse rustic oak dining chair

The ethos of the tropical trend is to avoid dark, moody colours and welcome cloudless brightness into your home. Make it a global gathering at your home with a warm, wooden round dining table, backdropped by exposed brick walls or a free-spirited print. Round tables are not just for King Arthur, they can really add something fresh to your dining room design – and are especially useful when space is at a premium!

Hungry for more alfresco-inspired summer dining? Click here.


mango oak dining table and chairs set

Kemble large sideboard / Mantis Light 6ft dining table / Brooklyn dining chair / Mantis Light dining chair / Kemble dining chair

Capturing the tropical spirit includes mixing more, and matching less and your dining space is the ultimate place to combine different materials. In our Caribbean-inspired dining room, you can find rustic oak, solid mango, painted hardwood and metal and woven textures.

Accessorising Tropical

A modern bedroom with a limited number of wood finishes

St Ives king-size bed / Mantis Light bedside table / Mantis Light double wardrobe

Of course, the true asset of the tropical trend is houseplants. Transform your home into an urban jungle by accentuating your space with leafy friends of different varieties and species; they’re great for aesthetics and are proven to clean the air and emit a feeling of calm – ideal for any home in need of a dash of tranquility!

Interested in cultivating your own mini-forest? Here’s how to select, style and care for your houseplants.

Grey painted coffee table and rustic accessories

Orrick nest of tables / Kemble coffee table

The tropical trend is a chance to showcase your vibrant personality within your home design. Ornamental touches, like botanical dishes or kooky statuettes, can be displayed on a sideboard or coffee table for a bold look with plenty of interest.

For more on styling your coffee table, check out our how-to guide.

Multi coloured wall clock

Havana wall clock

Or perhaps you want to make a small yet impactful statement and simply hang a wall clock. Our Havana wall clock is certainly attention-grabbing, adding a sense of classic charm to an otherwise subtle space.

Let us know how you get on with adopting tropical trends at home by sharing your photos using #OakFurnitureland on Instagram and Twitter.