Tropical Decorating Style

A tropical dining room is your getaway. It uses durable surfaces and fabrics. It's a way to bring a theme into a formal dining room that will actually make the space livable and useable. Plus, your unique decor will help start conversations at dinner parties.

Tropical decorations can be based on the sea. Look to faux coral for a graphic element that almost seems like sculpture. This adds a modern touch to your room. You might even be able to find a chic chandelier that looks like spray painted coral for a casually elegant atmosphere. You can bring in the theme with bright coral walls. Be prepared to tell your husband and your guests that it isn't pink, its coral. This makes a bold statement in the room so balance it out by painting your dining furniture set white and using white curtains.

Tropical Fruits II

Tropical Fruits II Art Print
, Barlow

21 in. x 17 in.
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Similarly you can use coral accessories to add interest to neutral room to create tropical kitchen decor, or use the same principle for the dining room. Paint your walls the color of sand and then paint any paneling and trim in the room bright white. White gives the allusion of light and space which is important in a tropical dining room. Then just spray paint a few tree branches a hot pink color with a bit of orange in it. You can use this on a sideboard or as your centerpiece. It's also important to declutter and create the allusion of space. This also gives your room that casual island feel.

Tropical patio decor can work in a dining room. Shop clearance sales for iron chairs with palm tree carvings in the back or just look for banana leaf or rattan chairs. You can top off the look with gauzy white curtains and a miniature palm in the corner. If you don't have a view of the beach you can have a muralist paint you one. This is a very literal theme that won’t appeal to all design sensibilities and can make your room feel dated.

Floors in a tropical dining room should be made from wide wood planks. You can white wash the floors or add a touch of gray. The other option is to go with an extremely dark stain for a touch of elegance. You'll need to brighten up the room and add in life with baskets, plants, and artwork.