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Trend Alert - Muted Tropical + How to Get the Look

Posted by Danni Tan

Tropical design has definitely made its mark on Australian interiors over the past year, and as the weather warms up, now is the perfect time to inject some resort vibes into your styling! We love this new muted tropical look – all the fun, lush feels of the tropical trend, but more sophisticated, balanced and timeless. Here are our tips on how to make muted tropical work in your home.

Seeing Green
Obviously the colour green features heavily in tropical design, but let’s be honest, bright green can be a bit overpowering and is not for everyone! The muted tropical look introduces green in a more natural and subtle way, through the use of leafy indoor plants (including the faux kind) and also through deeper, elegant shades of rich green such as forest and emerald green.

Don't be afraid to mix in other feature colours as well - blue always compliments green beautifully, and in a muted tropical setting, pink works surprisingly very well with green too.

Leaf Supply book by Smith Street Books


Arro Metal Vase, Large in Forest Green by Amalfi


African Agave in Tub Pot by Rogue

Nature Lover
The muted tropical look incorporates a lot of natural materials, embracing furniture and homewares made from wood, cane, jute and cork. The use of these materials, with their warmth, rich texture and raw organic forms, can whisk our imaginations away to palm tree-dotted islands and wild tropical rainforests in an instant.

Caicos Cane Top Coffee Table by Amalfi


Arlo Wooden Stool / Side Table by Amalfi


Savannah Jute Rug, Large by Amalfi


Forester Cork Wall Clock by Amalfi
Forester Cork Wall Clock by Amalfi

Fun Feature
A hallmark element of tropical design, is a fun, island themed statement piece. If you’re anything like me, then you’re well and truly over all the pineapple-shaped homewares out there, but there are still plenty of ways to add a fun feature to your muted tropical look. Try to introduce some tropical flora and fauna into your décor, such as through a cushion or wall print featuring leafy palms or bright birds of paradise.

Aruba Oil Painting by Amalfi


Tropicana Cushions by Amalfi
Tropicana Cushions by Amalfi

Finishing Touches
Lastly, embrace muted tropical style by adding some final touches that engage your other senses. Fill the air with fragrant aromas by lighting a yummy scented candle in frangipani or coconut, play some relaxed island-inspired tunes and shake up a pina colada - you’ll feel like you’re way down in Kokomo in no time!

Frangipani Soy Candle by Whitewick Home

Frangipani Soy Wax Candle by Whitewick Home

Ready to create the Muted Tropical look? Browse our carefully curated Muted Tropical Collection, which includes pieces that are perfect for creating this fun, lush look in your home.

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  • Hey Danni,

    You shared very useful ideas to enhance the house look and make home environment-friendly. Your tropical design ideas seem very unique to me and are compelling me to implement them at my place. I will discuss these all ideas with my interior designer called Stiely Design. I am going to follow you for more trends and ideas.


    John Williams on
  • Hey Danni,

    I really like the whole ‘tropical’ theme but wasn’t sure how to incorporate it into my living room in a subtle way. I love your tips on how to keep the look more timeless rather than it looking like a passing trend.

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

    Sima on

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