Tropical Escapes: 35+ Fun Ways to Infuse Beach Vibes At Home

By Navkiran K January 17, 2024

This article was originally published on mydiwise

Dreaming of turning your place into a beachy haven? Sure, you might have a few ideas in mind already, but hold onto your sunhat because there’s a whole sea of possibilities waiting to be explored! Tropical decor isn’t just about tossing seashells around or slapping on some jungle-themed wallpaper.

It’s about infusing that island vibe into your home by blending traditional architecture with those cool, breezy elements. Think color schemes that scream “tropical paradise,” smart design tricks like cross ventilation (yep, it’s a thing!), and layouts reminiscent of hot climate homes.

Whether you’re all about flashy animal prints or you prefer the chill vibes of macrame wall hangings, there’s a slice of paradise here for everyone. It’s time to let your living space soak in that refreshing ocean breeze without draining your wallet! These unique touches will give your place that coastal charm you’ve been craving.

1. Outdoor space decor 

Revamp your patio with tropical vibes for an all-in-one haven—perfect for lively gatherings and laid-back afternoons. Imagine a spot ready for vibrant parties and relaxed moments. For sunset cocktail lovers, consider latticework, bamboo caning, and comfy rattan furniture. It’s beachside chill, brought straight to your door!

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If you focus more on decorative accents and not furnishings, you can add typical beachside ornaments like tiki masks or totem poles. Depending on the overall furnishings, you can use thatched roofs or umbrella roofs in bright pink and blue. For lighting, you can use lanterns or fire pits.

2. Water features

If you do not have a pool, consider adding creative water features. You can pick from conventional outdoor water features like statue fountains, fish ponds, or unique indoor water features. These include modern water features such as recirculating or waterfall fountains.

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If you’re looking for a more cost-effective option, you can try your hands on various DIY projects. A water garden is the simplest way to create a water feature using underwater plants, glass bottles, and bowls. You can also create your koi ponds. 

3. Louvered shutters

Louvered shutters are a frequent feature in island homes for practical and aesthetic reasons. This classic element can enrich your house by keeping the humidity and noise outside while allowing sunshine. You can choose the more traditional dark-stained wooden shutters or painted ones for a fresh look. 

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Here’s an additional tip: Combine these shutters with bare wooden floors to maintain an open feel to the rooms. Creamy white furnishings and understated color palettes also complement this vibe. Add breezy white curtains to add to the coastal vibe. 

4. Floral arrangements

Floral arrangements can be a great way to add more drama to a space when you’re on a budget. You can opt for crystal vases for delicate flowers like baby’s breath or lilies as an elegant dinner table centerpiece. Ceramic vases are a better fit for flowers like peonies or tulips. 

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Combining these arrangements with candle stands can also lend a romantic touch to your side tables. If you prefer something more understated, you can also use dried flowers such as dyed pampas, grass, and Woodrose for coffee tables or shelves.

5. Color schemes

Typically, tropical color palettes include colors of the sea, sky, and sunsets. Hibiscus reds, sunny yellows, and coral shades are the most popular colors associated with this theme. However, if you prefer a minimalistic interior, you can opt for an all-white background that goes well with natural elements. 

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Neutral color palettes also go great with warm textiles and rattan furniture. If you are more inclined towards a coastal theme, opt for striped designs in shades of blue. For outdoor color palettes, consider candy colors like flamingo pinks and aqua blues that go well with the greenery. 

6. Landscaping your bathroom 

There’s a lot of undiscovered potential to customize it with tropics regarding your bathroom. Shower curtains with splendid flamingo or banana leaf motifs are perfect for your kid’s bathroom. You can also use simple mirrors against a graphic wallpaper or mirrors with wooden accents against textured tiles. 

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You can work with blue and green shades of sea glass for the details. Stained blue concrete flooring can add an oceanic element to your bathroom. If you’re inclined towards warmer tones for your washroom, combine gold with earthy browns and mellow lighting.

7. Foliage arrangement inspiration 

Bringing the greens inside is always a good idea; even more so when curating an island interior. One inexpensive way to add a touch of sparkle to your indoor plants is to dip them into golden paint and pair them with metallic vases.

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When coupled with bright, oversized vases, this arrangement makes for a festive ornament indoors. These plants are perfect for outdoor parties as well. Impress your guests with these unique potted plants. Add fairy lights for mood lighting; you’ve got half the work done!

8. Bold prints 

Undoubtedly the most popular motif of island themes, bold prints are worth the hype. Linens, wallpapers, curtains, sofas, and cushion covers come in themed prints. Animal prints, bright floral designs, and abstract patterns in candy colors are some of the best examples of such designs.

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A particular favorite in this category is the zebra-themed decor, coupled with bold splashes of colors like red and pink. Whether it’s the living room or your baby’s room, these accents can be used to add a boho vibe to your home.   

9. Hand-painting 

Revamp your space into a tropical paradise with a vibrant accent wall that breathes life into your room. Start by painting one wall in a luscious shade of pink, setting the stage for a vivid tropical backdrop. Once dry, unleash your creativity by painting tropical leaves and exotic patterns in contrasting colors over the pink canvas.

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Complement this captivating wall artistry with a pink couch adorned with emerald green cushions. The harmonious blend of pink and green hues accentuates the tropical theme, infusing your space with a lively and inviting atmosphere. We just love this idea!

10. Mix & match

One of the best things about tropical decor is that there are no rules; you can be bold as you want to! Signature pieces and antiques from different cultures and themes can be combined with modern furniture for a sophisticated vibe. 

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Flaunt your travels with decorated shelves and side tables. If you’re worried about overdoing it, choose a white backdrop and white upholstered furniture to allow these elements to pop. Murals and tiki masks are your must-haves if you can’t decide!

11. Lift top table

Lift-top coffee tables have become increasingly popular over the years and for a good reason. If you’re struggling with less space, these tables can help you organize your stuff. The adjustable height of this table makes it perfect for living rooms, a small dining table, and even a workspace.

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You can opt for rattan, teak, and bamboo tables that mirror the organic textures in tropical spaces. For added character, you can use distressed wood. Complete the look with an understated vase or centerpiece. These tables are also durable and ideal as outdoor furnishings.

12. Macramé

Transform your living room into a serene oasis inspired by tropical paradises, where tranquility meets the allure of nature. Begin by embracing a neutral color palette as the foundation and introduce rattan furniture pieces such as chairs, coffee tables, or even a stylish sofa.

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Elevate the tropical vibe by incorporating macramé wall hangings as captivating focal points. These intricate woven artworks bring depth and visual interest to your living space, enhancing the room’s bohemian charm while adding a touch of handmade elegance. Position these pieces strategically on the walls to complement the rattan furniture.

13. Spacious interior design

If you’re worried about cramping up your space, use vaulted or exposed rafter ceilings to give it an airy feel. Using the same paint for walls and floors can make the room look more spacious. You can also experiment with skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows for more natural light.

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Instead of leaving awkward corners empty, make the best of these tricky angles by converting them into built-in shelves for storage. Top it off with floating shelves, a ceramic stool, and a small table, and you have a cozy reading spot!

14. Curtains

You can choose breezy white sheer fabric for the curtains for a relaxed ambiance. However, if you’re looking for something bold, opt for curtains with animal prints or geometric patterns. Floral curtains or fruity prints in bright colors can also elevate your space.

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For a more unconventional choice, you can opt for bamboo-painted curtains or glamorize your curtains with seashell curtains. Grace your entryways with colorful beaded curtains. Jute crochet curtains with wooden beads can also be an excellent alternative to traditional curtains. 

15. Poolside

Elevate your poolside with tropical elements to make it perfect for cocktail parties and relaxed evenings. You can create an eclectic vibe by combining different seating options like rattan furniture and deck chairs. You can even consider a strandkorb for a cozy corner if you’re feeling particularly indulgent. 

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Outdoor canopy or gazebo tents in pastel colors or fit for a white-on-white palette are also trending. Set up a hammock to give the final vacay flourish! Are you in the mood for going overboard? You can always consider adding a waterfall and rocks instead of the traditional blue or white azure pool bed. 

16. Bedding 

As the focal point of your bedroom space, your bedding deserves more consideration while designing your room. Color schemes and motifs play a central role- brighter colors like sunny yellows and parrot greens are a nod to tropical decor, while blues and whites shift towards a nautical theme. 

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Choosing lightweight fabrics like cotton and linen allows more breathability, while silk can add a touch of elegance. Don’t forget layering: lightweight throws, coverlets, and bamboo or rattan accent pieces can elevate your bedding. Add bed skirts and decorative pillows for more effect.

17. Flooring

Your choice of flooring is not only a design consideration but also an essential factor in regulating your home’s temperature. Popular choices for tropical decor include cork flooring and ceramic tiles. These flooring options are suitable for white-on-white palettes and a minimal look.

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You can also choose hardwood floors to complement earthy tones and vibrant palettes. If you want something more luxurious and elegant, consider using natural stone flooring with limestone, travertine, or slate. Rattan and seagrass flooring can also be used as an elegant overlay on existing flooring.  

18. Incorporate brick walls

Transform your bathroom oasis into a serene tropical paradise with a stunning blend of rustic and exotic elements. The textured brick wall serves as a rugged yet inviting backdrop, lending a touch of earthy charm. Complementing this, a sleek stone basin is the focal point, offering a seamless fusion of modern functionality and natural allure.

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Warm earth tones and cool grays are mostly the top choices for the color palettes. You can also use tropical plants and cascading water features for a more natural effect. Freestanding stone bathtubs can be the highlight of this shower. 

19. Bedroom Inspiration

We know what you’re thinking: the classic carved bedposts with a white canopy, and you’re thinking along the right lines. Use a golden canopy bed for a twist, and complete the look with a cheerful wallpaper. Pastels are especially ‘in’ this year! 

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For a more understated yet chic tropical ambiance, consider a wicker headboard to infuse your bedroom with relaxed charm. Adorn your walls with dainty plants that effortlessly complement the textured appeal of the headboard. To achieve a subtler tropical feel, opt for a neutral color palette that exudes elegance and sophistication.

20. Vintage travel destination posters

Whether it is a home away from home or your dream city, travel destination posters never fail to add a retro touch to your room. You can use these posters as wall art for your bedroom or workspace. Adorn your wall with a number of different posters or one oversized poster. 

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The bold, saturated colors and stylized prints can give your room a splash of color as well. Alternatively, you can also use these posters for coasters, beach towels, and bedspreads. If you’re one to experiment with DIY projects, you can try using vintage posters for a decoupaged coffee table. 

21. Rugs 

In addition to its practical uses, a rug is a great way to anchor a space. If you’re considering your options to complement an island-themed room, you can go for jute or seagrass area rugs. Sisal rugs are another durable choice.  

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If you prefer something more vibrant and textured, braided or knotted rugs can be the perfect choice for your space. Want something unique and refreshing? Fruity slice rugs or animal print rugs can add a burst of life to any space. 

22. Brighten up your dining table

Everyone loves a decor idea that’s as affordable as it is ingenious. Use eucalyptus and lemons to create a fresh centerpiece for your table. While you’re at it, a lovely coiled, wicker, or plaited basket might help you arrange your centerpiece more artfully. 

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Adding fruits and foliage to your centerpiece can also enhance the overall aesthetic. You can also pair it up with floral or brilliantly colored table runners. Keep in mind that a crisp contrast works in all situations! Experiment as much as you can with the wooden textures and fabrics. 

23. Neon Lights 

Neon signs can add a tropical touch to your relaxation spaces. Recreate tropical sunsets with gradient lighting with orange, pink, and purple hues. You can also opt for custom-made neon signs to turn a name or a quote into a piece of art. 

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For a more quirky accent, you can pick lights with tropical motifs such as pineapples, coconuts, or flamingos. These lights are available as both wall installations or standalone pieces. The electrifying and vibrant glow of neon lights is also perfect for your bar setup. 

24. Tiles 

Whether it’s your kitchen space or your bathroom that needs a glam-up, tiles can landscape your space in any way you desire. In fact, there’s no better solution for a blank outdoor porch than tiles to transform it into a space for parties. 

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Embrace a blissful island vibe within your bathroom by infusing tropical elements that transport you to a sun-kissed paradise. Pair this bold statement bathtub with white mosaic tiles for the walls to create a clean, refreshing backdrop that amplifies the tropical ambiance. The tiles offer a versatile canvas, allowing the vibrant elements to stand out.

25. Flowery scents

Certain scents can immediately teleport you to some other place, which is why using diffusers, room fresheners, and scented candles can greatly help you add to the ambiance of a room. For a visual element, you can add a floral floating arrangement with scented candles and flower petals. 

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As for the scents, look for fragrance notes that have a hint of fruity sweetness, like mango, coconut, citrus, or watermelon. You might also like fragrances with aquatic notes to take you back to the ocean. Plumeria is a special floral scent associated with tropical flowers. 

26. Upcycled Timber

Upcycled timber can significantly improve the character of your home with a boho-chic vibe; plus, it’s good for the environment! It works especially well with rattan and wicker furniture and can be used for rafters, ridge beams, and trusses, too. 

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If you’re more inclined towards a sophisticated and contemporary tropical interior, you can also add a feature wall. Using old wood can add more contrast to your room. Batten feature walls are always an option if you prefer to keep it minimal and simpler. 

27. Tropical-themed stair railings

If you’re considering your options for staircase railings for an island aesthetic, you’d absolutely love spiral staircases. These staircases are a splendid fit for luxurious villas. You can add to the overall charm using forged iron-wrought staircases with tropical motifs. 

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You can choose floating staircases if you want a more contemporary tropical vibe. Add a glass balustrade for a more refined look. Railings with artistic carvings can also add a colorful flourish to your home. You can opt for rope details in your railings for a more rugged look.

28. Seashells & Seaglass

Few things evoke the essence of the beachside quite like seashells; they practically embody coastal living. From adorning mirrors to gracing tabletops, seashells effortlessly enhance the aesthetics of any space. Embrace their charm by incorporating them into your décor. You will thank us later.

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Additionally, delve into DIY projects like creating stunning seashell wreaths or string lights, adding a touch of exotic elegance to your home with these handmade coastal accents. Seashells truly offer a myriad of creative possibilities to infuse your space with a coastal ambiance that resonates with the beauty and serenity of the seashore.

29. Bamboo 

Bamboo stands as an iconic element in tropical design, elevating homes through furnishings, accents, flooring, and window treatments. Embrace its versatility by incorporating bamboo room dividers and privacy screens, introducing an unconventional organic touch that effortlessly revitalizes your living space.

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Bamboo is the perfect material for structures like pergolas and gazebos. You can use these elements to construct a shaded outdoor retreat for evening parties. You can also landscape your garden by using bamboo for the deck and fencing. You can also consider bamboo planting for its numerous benefits. 

30. Banana leaf wallpaper 

A wallpaper could transform an entire space- especially when it’s one with the widely loved banana leaf motif! These wallpapers come in brilliant shades of green and go perfectly with minimal decor and white or cream furnishings for a contrasting warm-cool palette.   

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A comfy couch to go along with it would definitely add to the overall cheerful and open vibe of the space. Combine it with textured wall hangings or decorative mirrors instead of photo frames, as they would pop more against the dark background.

31. Landscaping your Garden 

If you’re not a fan of maintaining large gardens, you can use other elements to create a tropical effect. Wooden decking, complete with a swing, can elevate your garden area into a relaxing spot. You can install these in your rooftop gardens as well. 

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Other elements like trellises with climbing vines and wooden sliding barn doors can add to the overall look. You can also build an enticing pathway to your garden using natural stone. Adding small elements like copper rain chains also makes a difference! 

32. Experiment with natural materials and bold colors

For those favoring neutral furniture within their vibrant tropical retreat, prioritize natural materials for added texture and warmth. Opt for stones, woven grass, and bamboo, as they offer affordable options to complement the vivid hues of bright-colored walls while infusing your space with earthy charm and tactile appeal.

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The texture and shade of the wood you decide to use can also dramatically alter your space. Dark-stained wood combined with lighter color accents or honey tones with cooler shades lends a tropical vibe without the need for excessive accessories. 

33. Peacock chairs

The blossoming design and woven rattan materials in peacock chairs make it a must-have for your home. For more character, you can add a soft throw or colorful cushions that make it more playful. You can use these chairs for your front porch or your bedrooms all the same.

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You can also place this chair against a black and white themed room to warm up the space. A wicker peacock chair can also be used to break the monotony of spaces that are too modern. With the right furnishings, you can even use these chairs to curate a vintage vibe.

34. Indoor plants

If you’re someone who loves refined, minimal surroundings, you’ll love the effect that a small plant can have on your space. Typically, we’d suggest banana leaves- but there’s no shortage of options to choose from! You can place these in wicker, terracotta, or rattan pots and macrame baskets. 

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Whether it’s a centerpiece for your dining room or a small accessory for enlivening your bedroom, there’s nothing better than plants for an inspired touch of tropic. Caring for indoor plants is also said to be therapeutic. You can also choose artificial plants instead of houseplants for easy maintenance. 

35. French doors 

When renovating, embrace the allure of French doors to invite abundant natural light and airflow, a hallmark of tropical architecture. Ideal for smaller spaces, these doors amplify a sense of openness, reflecting the essence of tropical living by harmonizing interiors with the outdoors.

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These doors work the best for a white-on-white palette. These doors make for an inviting entryway as well, paired with tropical plants. For more detailing, you can use stained glass and even frosted or decorated glass for more fun additions. 

36. Classic Design Elements 

Transform your porch into a lush tropical retreat by infusing it with oversized plants that exude natural charm and vivacity. Utilize large, leafy greenery like palms, ferns, or banana plants as decorative focal points, creating a verdant oasis that transports you to a serene paradise.

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Complement the tropical ambiance by incorporating two hanging egg-shaped rattan chairs in crisp white. These stylish and cozy chairs not only offer comfort but also imbue your porch with a touch of chic relaxation. Hang them from sturdy beams or a secure ceiling fixture, creating a cozy nook where you can unwind.

37. Bar Table Set

Opting out of a complete outdoor bar? Consider foldable or height-adjustable bar tables as versatile alternatives. Island-style designs often feature built-in storage, offering functionality alongside style. The trend towards tall bar tables has surged in popularity, providing a trendy and practical solution for outdoor entertaining spaces.

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When it comes to materials, a teak or bamboo bar table might be more suitable for outdoors. A solid wood table might be visually appealing but might be sensitive to heat and water. You can also choose a metal or glass-tempered bar table to offer a more casual vibe. 

38. Forged furniture & whitewashed wood

If you love an old-school vibe, you’ll love the texture and the look of the whitewashed wood. Make it complete with fruity baskets, high stools, and counters that replicate the texture of the wood. Opt for a darker shade for a crisp contrast. 

To add to the eclectic charm of your home, you can also opt for forged furniture pieces. A small dark wood dining table with forged wrought iron chairs can be placed for an open kitchen area or a small eat-in-kitchen area. Complete it with a pendant lighting for more effect. 

39. Frames & Fixtures 

Framed island fronds, quotes, and funky tropical motifs can add life to any blank wall, and that too at a minimal cost! If you’re feeling particularly artsy, you can also use cloth or jute wall hangings for a more beachy vibe. 

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Additionally, adorn your walls with light fixtures with ropes, brass finishes, and natural materials for a coastal flourish. Seashell chandeliers, pendant lights, and lamps can complement the vibe of the space nicely. You can also repurpose glass bottles with fairy lights for a unique touch.

40. Baskets

Employing wicker baskets for storage not only adds functionality but also introduces a playful design element to your space. Organize blankets and towels in these baskets, utilizing larger ones with lids to cleverly conceal clutter. Elevate your decor by repurposing decorative baskets as charming dining table centerpieces or stylish holders for your favorite indoor plants.

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Woven baskets can also be repurposed as pendant lights for an elegant touch to your space. You can use these as standalone lamps or group them to make a fixture or chandelier. Seagrass and rattan baskets blend well with the neutral backgrounds while adding texture and warmth to your spaces.

41. Teak Outdoor Showers

Outdoor showers are a fun design element that is especially perfect for people with kids- they’re going to love it! Teak, with its durability and resistance to water damage, is perfect for designing this kind of shower. It also offers a variety of beautiful grain options. 

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You can opt for freestanding or built-in outdoor showers. The best part about these outdoor showers is that they can be integrated into your design for eco-friendly solutions. You can choose sustainable designs for features like rainwater harvesting systems, solar-powered heating elements, and water-saving fixtures in your showers. 

42. Woven furniture 

When it comes to texture, there’s nothing more enticing than statement handwoven pieces and furnishings. Woven chairs are a favorite for homeowners as well as interior designers who are looking to add a tropical touch to their living room spaces. 

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Woven armchairs are as comfortable as they look! There’s a wide variety of colors and patterns you can choose from. From bright accents to robust earthy tones, these chairs make for a great cozy corner in any part of the house. 

43. Surfer-themed decor 

Surfboards capture the essence of the free-spirited tropics. You can use vintage surfboards. as statement pieces and even repurpose old surfboards as coffee tables, bookshelves, and even headboards. These, combined with surf-inspired prints and motifs, can help you design your ideal tropical color scheme. 

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For a more pronounced theme, you can add more elements like rope details, vintage posters, and anchors. Complement the aesthetic with beach cottage furniture and ceiling-mounted hammock chairs. For the outdoors, you can go for a shack-inspired bar table, complete with weathered wooden furniture. 

45. Wall mount shelves 

Wall mount shelves are not just practical storage solutions; they can be a lot more. These shelves can also be used as an alternative to stuffy cabinets in small kitchen spaces. You can also repurpose these shelves to create vertical gardens using cascading vines. 

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You can design your floating shelves to reflect your personal aesthetic. These shelves can also be used as a display for your tropical artifacts and trinkets. Other than that, they can also be used for artistic arrangements and add a dash of color to your room.