KATIE CHARLESON

Screen Printed Homewares & Bespoke Textile Design

Three ways to use Tropical Interiors**Even if you are a Minimalist

Interiors & Homewares, Trends & InspirationKatie CharlesonComment

The trend towards tropical continues to dominate interiors and homewares in 2017, so take a look at different ways to use this vibrant and uplifting style in your own home.

As January finally comes to a welcome end and we edge tantalisingly towards Spring what better time to look at the tropical, botanical trend that has been so popular in interiors of late. 

As this trend can be seen in many different guises, from wall-coverings to homewares all the way to living palms and houseplants, today I'll take a look at the different ways you can embrace this vital and uplifting style.

Caffe Burlot in Paris by Dimore Studio, image by Andrea Ferrari

Caffe Burlot in Paris by Dimore Studio, image by Andrea Ferrari

Many think tropical has to mean bright Hawaiian prints, bold colours and bamboo screens when we speak of this interiors trend. Not necessarily! Although I enjoy a tiki bar as much as the next rum lover, you don't have to turn your house into the set of Blue Hawaii to enjoy this interior style.

A more cosy and original way to use this trend is to tie it in to the trend for dark neutral wall colours (which will be on the rise this year). 

Just look at the beautiful tropical prints on the chair seats, adding texture and lifting the darkness of the wood and walls at Caffe Burlot (now sadly closed) in Paris. Adding large ferns and palms also breaks up the dark wall colour and that grubby gold screen just shines out against the blue.

Another reason to embrace house plants and botanicals is the natural effect they have on a room- the uplift your mood and provide oxygen. What's not to love!

Justine Blakeney's wallpaper for Hygge & West

Justine Blakeney's wallpaper for Hygge & West

Not feeling confident about using bold wallpaper in a whole room? Small spaces like your bathroom are perfect for making a bold style statement without overpowering your whole house.

Speaking of Justine Blakeney- I love her wallpapers for Hygge & West. This design is hand screen printed and the rich colours and gold show desert scenes and tropical palms: a perfect expression of tropical style from the Jungalow queen.

Justina Blakeney wallpaper for Hygge & West

Justina Blakeney wallpaper for Hygge & West

Claire de Quenetain cushions and lampshades

Claire de Quenetain cushions and lampshades

To enjoy this trend without recovering your walls, introduce tropical printed textiles and cushions. Claire de Quenetains hand painted floral and botanical prints are a gorgeous way to bring tropical colour and texture into your home, even if you are a minimalist! 

With the Pantone colour of the year being Greenery, you can expect all things botanical to continue to be a trend into 2017. And when Pantone describes the colour as "A life affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality", then I think we can stay excited about the tropical, botanical trend as we clamber out of winter and into spring!

Her cushions and lampshades are vibrant and the prints suggest movement, but the white background always keeps the design fresh. The perfect way to step into the tropical trend if you are renting and you can't paint your neutral/ white walls.

Pantone Colour of the Year

Pantone Colour of the Year

See more inspiring botanical and tropical interior design on this Pinterest board. Anything I've missed out or that you are excited about trying? Let me know if the comments below!

Why not look at our Kew Garden inspired tropical screen printed cushions and tea towels! To celebrate January we are offering 25% off plus FREE delivery until January 31st. Use the code CELEBRATE2017 at the checkout and treat yourself.