Trending: dark tropical interiors

Fans of moody hues rejoice – there is a way to do the tropical interiors trend that’s far from Club Tropicana. In fact, this Victoriana-tinged take – all jungle print and rich jewel tones - feels gloriously grown-up. Here’s how to do it.

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Botanical Prints


Swap florals for botanical prints


Florals for summer? Groundbreaking. We’re far more interested in the potential of leaf prints like bamboo and ferns – and they’re totally on trend. Yes, palms have their place in any tropical set-up – we’ll take ours embroidered onto this velvety cushion – but think less lush, graphic banana leaf and more retro, hand-drawn interpretations. Wall-to-wall jungle print optional (but encouraged).

“Swap florals for on-trend leaf prints like bamboo and ferns”

Swap vibrant hues for jewel tones


The tropical look is often grounded in the hottest hues you can get your hands on – not here. Traditionally autumnal tones are out, too – shades like forest green, aubergine and navy add an entirely different warmth to russet and burnt orange. Coloured glass is an aptly vintage-inspired way of introducing colour without heaviness.

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Accents For Metallics


Swap wood accents for metallics


The rattan revival might be sticking around for another summer, but wood won’t feel right here – the style reference is more 1870 than 1970. Instead, opt for a warm metallic - gold or brass - and add gilded accessories like mirrors, vases and even furniture. Yes, it all requires a little confidence, but keeping lines clean and deco-inspired will help to maintain some visual calm.

“Warm metallics pair wonderfully with moody hues like navy and aubergine.”

Swap succulents for lush house plants


Forget the fiddly succulents or cacti expertly styled on your living room shelf, as this take on the trend is all about one or two ‘investment’ plants – the bigger the better. Exotic options that really make a statement include palms, leafy ferns, cheese plants and anything with lush, waxy leaves that’ll lift darker hues with a shot of gorgeous greenery.

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