If you’re someone who has a relaxed, eclectic design sensibility, our latest trend obsession might be just the thing for you. Meet tropical boho! A style that’s full of life and mixes together different design styles and cultural influences to create a look that’s vibrant and totally unique.
There’s nothing minimal or subtle about this style. And that’s something we love about it. It’s loud. It’s not afraid of color, texture, or mixing things together. And it’s perfect for the creative, the free spirit, and the maximalist. While there are some guiding principles to achieving this look, one of our favorite parts is how much you can personalize it and truly make it your own.
Want to get this look? To help, we tasked our design team with putting together a living and dining room that embraces this design style and can help you get the look in your own home!
Make It All About Color
When it comes to tropical boho style, color is key. Embrace bold colors – and not just in accent pieces, but in furniture and even on your walls! This eclectic style comes to life through saturated, deep colors of all kinds. We recommend sticking to a single color or a limited palette to keep your room from feeling too over-the-top.
To keep with the tropical vibe in our space, we chose a palette reminiscent of a tropical jungle. Even though they’re loud, these cool tones feel more sophisticated and calming than a room full of warm colors. And because eclectic style isn’t afraid to be bold, we went all-in with a teal coat of paint on the walls to create a decadent backdrop that makes the furniture and artwork pop.Shop This Room
Major in Patterns + Textures
This look isn’t overly contrived or coordinated. With that in mind, we say pile on the patterns and textures and don’t look back!
For a truly boho look, mix textures and materials, like velvet, leather, and natural materials. This is also your opportunity to play with different styles of furniture. Pair a modern coffee table, a traditional chair, and mid-century sofa all together in the same room. At first glance you might not think these pieces go together, but the beauty of boho style is that all rules are off – just about anything goes.
Finish it off by accenting your sofa and chairs with vibrant throw pillows featuring textured weaves, embroidery, and colored tassels. These layers of patterns and textures give clean-lined foundations a more dynamic look.
Mix in Organic Elements
Be it in shape, material, or color, organic is the name of the game in tropical boho style. Round, curved forms always feel at home here and the more inspiration you can draw from the natural world, the better.
We also like using natural materials that off-set the busyness of this style and give it a more low-key, down-to-earth feeling. Rattan is a perfect way to accent the boho look, and we especially love seeing it in light fixtures, chairs, and even an angular credenza. We love the driftwood-framed mirror for another natural element, and we used woven baskets throughout the rooms, for easy organization.Shop This Room
Have a Plant Palooza
And this style wouldn’t be complete without plants galore! Greenery adds more color and texture to your space – not to mention higher air quality. Don’t be afraid to mix several big, bold plants throughout each room, and accent side tables, buffets, and centerpieces with smaller bits of greenery. And don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb – there are plenty of artificial plants out there that look real but require no maintenance!
This blend of organic elements is also why we stuck to a color palette of greens and teals, which perfectly complement natural textures and organic shapes.
Finish the Look With Vintage + Quirky Accessories
Eclectic style is one that embraces quirkiness. Look for found objects and accessories that add life and personality to your space.
Don’t be afraid of oddball artwork or accessories with a point of view! Tiger rugs (designed by our favorite eclectic style icon and creator of the Jungalow look, Justina Blakely, as part of her collection for Loloi). Embroidered floor poufs. Vintage brass animals. Woven wall hangings. And whatever else you’re drawn to. Just follow your instincts and make the space your own!
The great thing about this style is you can flex it up or down to suit your tastes. If just one of these daring design elements is enough for you, that’s great. If your design motto is “the bolder, the better” don’t be afraid to combine all of these ideas for a room that exudes life and energy.