Mix Natural Textures
Though most often used for outdoor furniture, wicker topped with comfy cushions sets a casual tone indoors and fits well in a window-filled room. A sisal rug and woven shades bring more of the outdoors in. A combination of natural materials adds rich texture, especially against polished wood surfaces.
Tip: Layer light-colored fabrics, throws, and decorative accessories over woven materials for an especially airy and open look.
Use One Bold Print
Bright patterned fabrics pack a visual punch and can infuse a room with tropical glam. When used sparingly, large-format prints and florals convey the feeling of paradise without overpowering. Soften the impact of a boldly patterned piece with naturals and whites, which also continue the getaway theme.
Tip: Tone down a colorful headboard with crisp white sheets, which add a tailored and elegant look that also feels cool and summery.
Finish with Vibrant Colors
Natural materials are key to this style, but topping off those pieces with tropical colors makes the style statement even stronger. Lampshades, pillows, planters, books, and occasional furniture in blues, yellows, pinks, and reds are reminiscent of the sea, the sun, seashells, and corals. Aquatic-theme decorative accessories and art further play up the resort vibe.
Tip: Let the colors of nature inspire the decor. Travel books and magazines are a great resource, as are photos from beach vacations.
Set the Scene with Artwork
Bring a bit of beach to a transitional space through artwork. Prints featuring ocean life, black-and-white seaside shots, and vintage travel posters of exotic destinations are all eye-catching options that strongly convey the feel of a tropical retreat. Place seashells or coral below the art to complete the washed-ashore look.
Tip: Create a compelling visual by grouping together prints of the same subject or hanging a large-scale diptych.