Bring the Islands To New England

The winter has come and gone, and it’s finally time to open up your house, and update the decor a little for the season.  A great way to change things up is to decorate with a “tropical theme.” Although this probably prompts images of palm trees and pineapples, don’t worry, there is a tasteful and tactful way to bring this design into your home.

For starters, the most important part of the island style decor is to keep it simple, and use colors that create a calm and tranquil feeling.  For wall colors, go with something very neutral – whites, off whites, and at the
most a color that is very saturated in white (think a color with the feel of water – but not necessarily a vivid blue color).  If you are starting from scratch, stay along the same lines with the furniture – nothing too bold in color or style.

The way to bring in color is through some accents pieces – remember – less is more! You can bring in a pop of color through some side panels on the windows, artwork, or decorative pieces (candles, blankets,
pillows). Think about bringing in a color like a bright green, aqaua, or bright blue – reminiscent of colors you would come across if you were visiting an island.  Don’t forget, you can bring in some pieces with palm trees or pineapples (or any other trends) but keep it to a minimal – once piece looks classic, multiple pieces can overdo a good thing.

A great room to decorate in this style is your bedroom – because after you fall in love with it you can keep it
as your year round getaway – who doesn’t want to retreat to the islands when it’s snowing out?!