The New Tropical Decorating Trend: Tropical Minimalism

Bring the sultry and sophisticated side of the tropics into your home by layering natural materials and refined finishes among lush palms and jungle-inspired designs tropical modernism


Trek into the jungle for your morning shower with a lush paper on one wall. Let your imagination run wild with themed or complementary pieces like this deep green mini-basin to maximise the impact – and the fun.

Abanico 34001 wallcovering, £136 a roll, Arte. Jelly 40 oval table by C. Ballabio, £1,258, Porada. Elm Mini basin in Forest, £2,280, Kast at Alternative Bathrooms. London three-hole basin set with crosshead handles in brushed brass, LOC10, from £697, The Watermark Collection at Alternative Bathrooms. Signature floor tiles in Stucco Sage, Modernist Vault, Modernist Atrium and Diffusion Chambray in Frame Small laying pattern, from £70sq m, Amtico. Corniche shelves by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra, large, £79; medium, £69, both The Conran Shop. Raw Black incense bowl, £42; Sandalwood Rose incense sticks, £10, The Future Kept. Cosmetic pouch, £150; May aromatic water, £21; Tabacco Toscano soap, £28, all Santa Maria Novella. Barrydale towel, £12, Craft Editions. Faux trailing plant, £35, Audenza


Spacious, light-filled rooms can take strong design decisions. One dramatic painted wall is used to add atmosphere to this dining space, while allowing the natural textures to sing out.

Wall in Potato Skin Fresco Lime Finish, £45ltr, Pure & Original at igigi. Tense table by Piergiorgio and Michele Cazzaniga for MDF Italia, from £2,366; Capitol Complex 055 chairs by Cassina, £1,380 each, all Aram. Aero shelving unit by Shibuleru for Living Divani, £3,698.40, Viaduct. Bokk stool in Cognac leather, £325, Moxon. Natural woven pendant light, from £200, igigi. (On unit) Wonki Ware bowls and plates, from £19, The Conran Shop. Posy cylinder vase, £20; Dali triple bud vase, £35; Vita patterned vase, £40, all Habitat. Elements teacups, £24 each, The Future Kept. Ceramics, handmade to order, Heather Gratton. Corrib bowls and plates, £35 each, Craft Editions. Striped plant pot, £9, Graham and Green. Large faux banana plant, £195; seagrass basket, £85 for set of three, Graham and Green. Skarig clock, £14, Ikea. (On table) Elements teapot, £110; plate, £24; teacups, £24 each; Lemon Verbena tea (in bag), £5.50, all The Future Kept. Weave condiment set (five pieces), £245; chequered bowl, £35, both Craft Editions. Reaction Poetique 03 centrepiece by Jaime Hayon for Cassina, £576, Aram. Cutting boards (on worktop), Fire, £90; Chain Light, £80; Field Dark, £80, all Yana Osmanova at RA Shop. Pure salad bowl in Sea Green, £73; bowls, £123 for set of four, all Serax at Lazio Living


How much is enough? This framed fabric is all it takes to beam the tropics directly into the space. Find a design that works with your style: here, the shape of these slim hand-drawn leaves complements the lines of the teak chair and sculptural floor lamp.

Framed fabric, Whispering Grass in Forest, £178m, Madeaux by Richard Smith at Tissus d’Hélène. Rangoon chair, £525, Kalinko. Atlas floor lamp, £1,302, Julian Chichester. Shade in Plain Linen in Club Yellow, £130m, Fermoie. Large plant, from a selection, Brighton Botanical. Tjillevips basket, £19, Ikea. Faux aloe plant, £14.95; faux century plant, £24.99, Homescapes. Manglam rug, £2,436, Tim Page Carpets


Calming schemes don’t have to be pattern- or colour-free. Add a blind in a subtle leaf-inspired motif and pair it with prints and plants that echo the hints of horticulture. Focal points in wood and rattan introduce natural tones and textures to enhance the serene sensation.

Roman blind in Impala in Citrine, from £189, Hillarys x Livingetc collection. Torii stool by Gino Carollo, £1,749, Porada. Willow chest of drawers, £795, Loaf. Blush suede storage box, £125 for set of three, Cox & Cox. Textured edge vase, £220, Sotis Studio Ceramics. Flabello mirror M by Lanzavecchia+Wai, £516, Gallotti&Radice. Gingko framed print, £450, Anna Jacobs. Black woven grass rug, £110, Graham and Green. Faux calathea plant (outside), £78, Audenza


A palm-scape panorama in a muted shade is a subtle and chic way to introduce the look without overwhelming a space. With woven leather, wood and linen, it is a combo that makes for a very pleasing place to hang your hat.

Jangala wallcovering in Willow, £250 for a four-panel mural, Paint & Paper Library. Sketch wall rack in walnut by M & L Dainelli, £1,071, Porada. Peter chair by Antonio Citterio, £3,243, Flexform at Interdesign. Kudu seagrass rug, £155, French Connection. Pad lamp base in Antique Gesso, £542.40, Julian Chichester. Shade in Plain Linen in Fresco, £130m, Fermoie. Cushion in Salvatore Lin in Cuir, £95m, Manuel Canovas. Chanel coffee table by Studio G&R, £900, Gallotti&Radice. Square vase by 101 Copenhagen, £125, Heal’s. Ceramic pot, handmade to order, Heather Gratton. Plant, from a selection at Brighton Botanical


Want to change the vibe and re-energise your space? Discover your inner artist and paint a wall freehand – it’s a quick, easy and inexpensive update for any room.

Wall in Snow White, Orange Coloured White, Deep Reddish Brown and Sap Green, all Natural History Museum collection, £49.95 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball; Mittens, Secret Room, both £43 for 2.5ltr, Earthborn. Wallis sofa in Aura fabric by One Nine Eight Five, £2,699, Heal’s. Walter floor lamp, £180; drum shade, £85, both Habitat; shade trimmed in French grosgrain ribbon in Black, £8m, Samuel & Sons. Monochrome Palm framed print, £225, Cox & Cox. Fez rug, £5,460, Tim Page Carpets. Eclipse leather pouffe, £150, French Connection. Papier-mâché vase, £87, RA Shop. Carved Ellipse bowl, £35, French Connection. Ceramics, handmade made to order, Heather Gratton. Sansevieria Trifasciata plant, £7, Ikea. Vence Obsidian cushion (left), £180; Dedale Caramel Cuivre cushion, £90, both Élitis at Abbott + Boyd. Dipped basket, £135 for set of three, Cox & Cox. Agave plant, £50, Y-oga Store


A large leafy abstract design is what tropical modernism is all about. Add a slight pop of bright colour or small-scale pattern if you must, but keep the overall palette a mix of colour-coordinated plain fabrics and objects that make the pattern the star.

Nid d’Oiseau wallcovering in Reine du Soir TP300, £207.40 a roll, Élitis at Abbott + Boyd. Fiona Soft chaise by Massimo Castagna, £5,652, Gallotti&Radice. Joko coffee table with bronze top by Eoos for Walter Knoll, £1,038, Aram. Eaton table, £1,440, Flexform at Interdesign. Krysset lounge chair in brown leather by Fredrik Kayser for Eikund, £2,875, Aram. Manglam rug, £2,436, Tim Page Carpets. Natural jute stripe roller blinds, from £104, Color & Co. Patterned cushion in Turaco in Onyx, £49m, Harlequin. Plain cushion in Mahale in Noir with feather fringe trim, from £22, Hillarys x Livingetc collection. Riviera Eucalyptus cushion, £165.60, Élitis at Abbott + Boyd. (On shelf, from left) Cerimitec bowl (also on coffee table), from £50; textured-edge vase, £220; tall black vase, £1,200; black and white lamp with shade, £900, all Sotis Studio Ceramics. Sansevieria Trifasciata plant (in textured edge vase), £7; Smulgubbe plant pot (on table), £10 (with saucer), both Ikea. Faux Calathea plant, £78, Audenza. (On coffee table) Twist Again bowl in Red by Alessi, £70, Latzio. Nib vase, £9.50, Aram


Remember that hammock under the stars? Feel at one with nature as you slumber thanks to a backdrop of boughs and branches – and beautiful bed linen in muted shades of green.

Cookie king-size bed in Mellow Yellow, £1,335, Loaf. Salengro wallpaper in Peche, £149 a roll, Manuel Canovas. Furbo rug, £599, Heal’s. Curtain in organic Belgian linen, from £178m, igigi. Aspen table light, £239, David Hunt Lighting. Model C cork stool by Jasper Morrison for Vitra, £370, The Conran Shop. Sage Green linen king size duvet cover, £170; pillowcases, £36 for two, Piglet. Bedcover in Ross in Moss Green, £74m, Jane Churchill at Colefax and Fowler. Bolster pillow in Ischia in Emerald Green, £117m, Thibaut. Cushion in Moremi in Jute, £45m, Harlequin; trimmed in Bali jute skirt fringe in Burlap, £90m, Samuel & Sons. Framed female shadow print, £65, French Connection

Photography: Jon Day

Styling: Karina Garrick

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