Wednesday, June 15, 2011 / 8:19 AM
As we approach the heat of the summer months, I am inspired by the tropics where it is warm all year round. The ocean is near, palm trees are in abundance and daily life is about staying cool. The vacation-inspired vibe is envious and actually pretty accessible in your own home. Here a few photos and tips to help you achieve your own oasis!
1. Crisp white color palettes are always refreshing and fairly easy to achieve. Using a semi-gloss paint on walls and floors is more reflective and easier to keep clean. White linen slipcovers and gauzy drapery panels evoke the casual, relaxed atmosphere of the tropics.
2. MIxing bold, bright colors and multiple patterns are easy ways to create the drama and intensity of the sun. Saturate your walls or floors with an intense hue derived from the sea or refinish multiple picture frames for a quick colorful collage.
3. Incorporating natural and organic elements into your design will create a sense of harmony. Sisal or seagrass make perfect rugs in high traffic areas. Palm trees and tropical flowers are increasingly popular indoors even as far inland as Missouri. If nothing else, create your tropical retreat in an outdoor area which can be put away during winter months.
Photo Credits: Coastal Living (1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 12), Flickr (2), DecorPad (5), Traditional Home (6), House Beautiful (8, 11), Lonny (9)
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