Did you know that the nature and jungle aesthetic of tropical design became popular thanks to fashion designer, Lilly Pulitzer, who used bold prints on her fabrics as a solution to cover the stains left by juice spills on cute dresses, when she experienced the problem after setting up a juice stand in Palm Beach in the 60s? Since then, the vibrant natural prints and colours that are typical of the tropical style have also become trendy in interior design. It’s not uncommon to find it used to decorate the interiors of rooms, including kitchens, in modern houses, as it brings a fun and pleasant vibe. It’s a lovely way to introduce cheerfulness into a kitchen, whether you are renovating an old house in Indore or Hyderabad or decorating a modern studio apartment in Chennai or Pune.
Wallpaper can be your ally when it comes to coating the walls of tropical kitchens as you can choose typical prints of fruits such as pineapple, avocado, banana, peach, lemon, litchi, mango or papaya. Alternatively, you can cover the walls with floral prints or designs of tropical plants such as palms, hibiscus and orchids, among others.
If you prefer to paint your walls instead of covering them with paper, then an alternative is to have decorative motifs painted as borders or in a section. For this, it’s best to use professional painters.
Of course, if you like to keep it simple, there’s nothing like using real plants, flowers and exotic fruits. You can make them a vital part of the interior decoration by arranging them aesthetically in a vase or bowl. Otherwise, you can have paintings or upholstery that depict the theme.
Another idea, especially if you have a green thumb, is to create a mini herb garden or a vertical garden on one of the walls of your tropical kitchen. Imagine being able to reach out and pluck fresh herbs that you can add to your dishes! You could grow your own mint, parsley, rosemary, thyme or any other herb that you use regularly.
Wood is an excellent choice as a material for tropical kitchens. You can use it to build a lovely island with a natural finish. In fact, you can even use it for the cabinets to bring a charming rustic style to the kitchen.
Of course, if you prefer a more vibrant and cheerful look in your kitchen, it wouldn’t hurt to contemplate the option of painting your wooden furniture in striking tropical colours like yellow, orange or purple. You can browse through pictures of professionally-designed tropical kitchens on homify for inspiration on the colours that work well in this design style. As for other materials that you can use for the decorative elements in your tropical kitchens, you could include wicker baskets for storage or even have a few pull-out drawers made from the material for storing your perishables, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Alternatively, install a wicker shelf on which you can display your collection of cookbooks. In addition, you can use beautiful bamboo or rattan hanging lamps over the island or bar counter to create a sensational feature! You can get a hanging lamp shade in bamboo or rattan in the price range of INR 500 to INR 2,000, depending on the size and design.
The essential thing to keep in mind when designing tropical kitchens is that the spaces must be vibrant, bright, joyful and filled with energy. For this to happen, you will need to design the kitchen in such a way that the presence of natural light is maximized. If possible, leave your windows wide open for the air to circulate and for sunlight to brighten the ambiance.
In addition to wallpaper for your walls, you can use vinyl stickers or posters with beautiful illustrations that represent exotic tropical elements. The best part is that, this will not cost much! In addition to this, you could choose to decorate the kitchen walls with paintings that reflect the tropical aesthetic. Another idea is to frame your paintings with unpolished wood or wicker.
For your kitchen to have a true tropical style, it is necessary to select very intense and vibrant colours, including those that are so bold that we often hesitate to use them or would never consider for the minimalist style. The kitchen should have an interesting mix of contrasts to achieve greater visual complexity. Among the colours that are ideal for this style of kitchen are blue, green, beige, yellow, orange, purple, brown, coral and ivory.
As you can see, there are many colours, which you can choose, but the trick is in picking the perfect combination. For this, it’s advisable to get help from a professional kitchen planner or interior designer. You can contact one of the experts registered on our portal and get a free consultation to get started on designing your tropical kitchen.