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Tropical style house ideas, inspiration & pictures

What is characteristic of a tropical style house? 

For those who love design that brings cheerfulness and relaxation, there’s nothing to beat the tropical style when it comes to choosing the type of house you would like to live in or build.  These houses are therapeutic as they inspire happiness and freshness that are incomparable to other design styles. With a blend of earthy tones such as browns and greens, which evoke nature, as well as bright and bold colours such as orange, pink, purple, red and yellow, these houses achieve a perfect balance that makes them dreamy and paradisiacal.

This style is particularly suitable for homes in India as it blends with the surrounding environment. It’s perfect for a lovely bungalow in cities such as Kochi or Chennai, which experience tropical weather throughout the year. It can also bring a cheerful ambiance to a house in a colder location like Shimla in Himachal Pradesh.

What is the typical colour palette of a tropical house?

The first thing to remember is that, in the case of tropical houses, nature is the main inspiration. Therefore, you can use shades such as brown and leaf green, as well as bright orange, blue, yellow, red and purple, which are commonly found in tropical flowers.  However, don’t forget to balance the intensity of the brighter colours with neutral shades such as grey, beige and white so that the bold tones don’t overpower the house and visually overload the interiors. It’s all about using the right mix of colours to create a perfect look. While a vibrant orange can work well in a tropical house, it should be balanced with milder shades to achieve a relaxing ambiance. If you are unsure about what colours to use in a tropical style house, we recommend that you contact one of the interior designers and decorators registered on our portal to get expert help in choosing the right palette for your home.   

How should I coat the walls of a tropical house?

Wallpaper is a great option for adding vibrancy to the walls of tropical houses. You could choose striking prints, even large and bold ones, to cover your walls, as contrary to the minimalist style, which has a less-is-more philosophy, in tropical design more is always better!

We recommend choosing patterns and prints that are colourful and cheerful, with typical tropical elements such as pink flamingos, palm trees, pineapples and frangipani leaves, among others. Try to cover only one of your walls with a bright print, and leave the rest in neutral colours or light tones to balance the composition of your interiors. In the market, you will find a wide range of wallpapers in tropical prints. Depending upon the print and the finish, it could cost in between INR 3,500 to INR 8,000 to cover a wall with a beautiful printed wallpaper.

What types of textiles are ideal in a tropical house?

As we mentioned earlier, tropical prints are best not only for the walls but also in the textiles that are used for your sofas and curtains. They can help to bring life and personality to your house through cushions, bedspreads and other elements. In fact, you can even use a carpet with a tropical print to create a focal point in your interiors. Imagine having prints of exotic birds or beach landscapes on your cushion covers?! These happy and lively prints, which depict nature, will add lots of charm to your house.

What sort of the furniture should one use in tropical houses?

For the furniture in tropical houses, we recommend pieces in wood. They should have a natural look, irrespective of the finishes and tones that you choose. In addition, you could contrast the wooden furniture with bright details such as polished or matte metals. 

Another material that works well for tropical furniture is bamboo as it is durable, resistant and very aesthetic, besides being easy to source locally.  Wicker and rattan are also excellent alternatives, but are more expensive than bamboo.

What decorative accessories can be used in a tropical style house?

One thing that you cannot neglect to use in the decoration of a tropical house is flowers. Whether you use oriental lilies in a vase or grow aromatic orchids in planters, they will add to the beauty of this design style. Other tropical flowers that you can use include jasmine and hibiscus. In addition to flowers, you can decorate tropical houses with wicker baskets and carpets or rugs made from natural fibres. Consider installing a beautiful hammock or swing chair, as it will enhance the relaxed ambiance of the house. If you aren’t afraid of taking a risk with bolder design, you could even use pineapple lamps or other tropical-themed accessories to make your home memorable.

What could add value to tropical houses?

The answer to this question is very simple. If your home is surrounded by a lovely landscape, optimising the view through large windows, a patio, terrace or balcony is all you need to make your home seem like a tropical paradise!

For more inspiration, we recommend that you browse through photographs of tropical houses on homify and make a list of features and elements that you think would be perfect for your home.